The country’s first National Development Project to construct the Montego Bay Bypass, will involve special stipulations designed to benefit Jamaican workers.

The Project geared at easing congestion in the Western Regional City, will be undertaken by the China Harbour Engineering Company, CHEC.

The Finance Minister gave the update in the House of Representatives last evening.

Chevon Campbell tells us more.

Finance Minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, says the project, will ensure that 90% of the unskilled work must be done by Jamaicans.

The bypass will be the first ever to be designated as a National Development Project allowing it to be done outside the bounds of government procurement guidelines.

It’s also the first of its kind to be wholly paid for through tax payer dollars.

Dr. Clarke told the Parliament that at minimum 50% of the technical positions on site must be filled by Jamaicans.

Dr. Clarke says for those technical jobs that will be undertaken by foreigners that person must be shadowed by a Jamaican protege to facilitate knowledge transfer.

The Finance Minister also says under the development Jamaicans can be assured of proper wage rates in lock step with those negotiated with major trade unions.

He says these stipulations represent a first of its kind for any such project.