The Construction Industry Council, CIC, is calling on the government to withdraw its Memorandum Of Understanding with a Chinese based company for the creation of a master plan to develop Downtown Kingston.

In a statement today, the CIC says there’s no practical benefit for China Construction America, CCA, to manage the concept design.

The MOU was signed in March between the Urban Development Corporation, UDC, and CCA.

It entails the redevelopment of Downtown Kingston, construction of a new Parliament building and the government Oval zone at Heroes Circle.

The signing of the MOU is the first phase of the project which will see the CCA providing consultancy services for the design concept of each zone.

The CIC claims the government has unilaterally signed the MOU with the CCA for all the services which could have been provided locally.

The CIC says the MOU also has several clauses contained in it, which demonstrates that CCA will have primary consideration in the construction phase.

It says based on the government’s own policy there was no justification for the MOU.

The CIC says the projects should be put out for tender in smaller packages, and made available to local entities.

It argues that the present state of the country, with its crippling debt, has arguably been largely contributed to by the practice of governments, making arrangements in secret to spend large sums of money and incur a large debt.

The Construction Industry Council is the umbrella group for construction industry professional organizations.