FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Government has budgeted an additional $750 million in support for the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF). In his Budget Debate presentation in Parliament Tuesday April 28, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw said this will ensure the financing of 15 per cent down payment on US$100 million for expenditure under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) during the last financial year. This allocation to the RMF is in addition to the 20 per cent fuel cess of $1.3 billion, and the proceeds of the motor vehicle licences of some $738 million, he said. Mr. Shaw explained that the JDIP is being implemented by the RMF, to facilitate improvements to the roads and to foster economic growth and development. He also disclosed that another $800 million has been set aside to finance interest costs on the JDIP and PetroCaribe loans, as well as administrative and routine road maintenance by the RMF. He pointed out that the main areas of focus for the JDIP, this fiscal year, will include the rehabilitation of 120 main and parochial roads, and the patching of 200,000 square metres of roadway, as well as12 new bridges, rehabilitation of seven housing schemes roadways and installation of 17 modular bridges. He noted that projects under the JDIP are designed by the National Works Agency (NWA), and are expected to be executed over 5 years, costing US$400 million. “Eighty-five per cent, or US$340 million of the costs, will be provided as a loan from the China Export Import Bank (China EXIM) and 15 per cent (US$60 million) from the Special Consumption Tax (SCT) on fuel,” he said. RelatedBudget produces additional $750m for JDIP RelatedBudget produces additional $750m for JDIP By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter RelatedBudget produces additional $750m for JDIP Budget produces additional $750m for JDIP ParliamentMay 3, 2011 Advertisements
Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has told forward, Eden Hazard that he is free to leave Stamford Bridge if he wants to but the Italian hopes the Belgium international will stay at the club.Sarri stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Wednesday night.Hazard has been strongly linked with a move to Champions League holders, Real Madrid in recent months.The 28-year-old further fuelled the speculation when he said in October 2018 that it was his dream to play for the Spanish La Liga giants.Chelsea are looking to renew his contract, which expires next season, and the west London side risk losing him for free in the close season in 2020 if he does not extend his current deal.“Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” Sarri was quoted by Team talk as telling reporters ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth.“Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”Hazard has 10 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League so far this seaon, often playing up front in a ‘false nine’ role to lead the attack.But Sarri might play him on the wing again after the arrival of Argentine and Juventus striker, Gonzalo Higuain.Sarri added: “It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best”.