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Nationwide News understands that Industry Minister, Anthony Hylton, has been facing pressure from within the Simpson Miller Cabinet over his handling of the 5-billion-US-dollar logistics hub investments.
The negative feedback is surfacing hours after he signed the controversial MoU with two firms last night.
A number of Cabinet Ministers is reportedly upset at Anthony Hylton’s handling of his much touted 5-billion-US-dollar investment deal in the logistics hub.
His communication of the issues concerning the 2 firms – Krauk and Anchor Finance – has been described by several Government sources as embarrassing.
One senior official in the Simpson Miller-administration told our news center today that the Industry Minister does not have bad intentions but his handling of the issues has shown up his woeful lack of understanding of how to do business.
Another source said Minister Hylton is not expected to have anything to show at the end of the time given to both firms to prove their credentials. The Government source said at that time Hylton will have a lot of explaining to do and should be held to account for generating false expectations.
Cabinet’s chief spokesperson, Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer declined an opportunity to publicly express confidence and support for Hylton’s management of the issue at the weekly Jamaica House media briefing.
The Information Minister said she’d not comment when told of word that some members of Cabinet are unhappy with Minister Hylton’s handling of the issue.
Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell, who also attended today’s Jamaica House media briefing.
said Hylton is a good Minister.
But the Energy Minister also said he’d not comment on whether the Industry Minister has handled the talks with Krauck and Anchor in a satisfactory manner.
A few weeks ago speaking at the Jamaica Investment Forum in Montego Bay, Minister Hylton asserted that the more than 5-billion dollar investment by Krauk and Anchor would go a far way in transforming the business landscape in Jamaica.
But addressing the Jamaica House Media briefing today, the Information Minister suggested that the expectations of the Cabinet regarding the deal were not so far advanced.