Tourism Pension Scheme to be Completed Shortly

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says work on the proposed Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme is expected to be completed shortly. “We are hopeful that [by] the end of this week, we will have sign-off by the Attorney General, so that we can be in a position to go to Cabinet with the draft legislation and, hopefully, I can table it… in Parliament this [2019/20] year,” he said. The Minister was speaking during a ceremony to announce the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA) finalists at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 12). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says work on the proposed Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme is expected to be completed shortly.“We are hopeful that [by] the end of this week, we will have sign-off by the Attorney General, so that we can be in a position to go to Cabinet with the draft legislation and, hopefully, I can table it… in Parliament this [2019/20] year,” he said.The Minister was speaking during a ceremony to announce the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA) finalists at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 12).The pension scheme is designed to provide retirement benefits for all industry workers, whether they are permanent, contract or self-employed. Hotel workers, craft vendors, tour operators, contract carriage operators, among others, will be eligible for benefits that will be payable at age 65 and older.Mr. Bartlett said that significant work has been undertaken over the last two years to develop the pension plan.He said that unlike other sectors where the schemes and related policies are tailored for a homogenous group of workers, the tourism pension plan is intended to cover “the widest possible range of employment interests”.“In tourism, it’s a confluence of [stakeholders] ranging from red cap porters at the airport to the taxi driver, to the people in attractions… all the way up to the workers in the hotels at the highest level,” the Minister noted.Mr. Bartlett said the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme is in keeping with the Government’s focus on creating a social security network within the tourism sector.It is one component of a three-point human capital development plan for industry workers, which also includes training and capacity building. The scheme will receive $1 billion in funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).The 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, March 30 in Montego Bay.The event will recognise and honour individuals and organisations across the industry that have distinguished themselves by displaying the highest standards in service delivery. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Qatars Bunkering Move Short of Displaced Fujairah Demand

first_imgzoom The move to launch ship-to-ship fuel bunkering at Qatari ports may not be sufficient to fulfill the marine fuel oil demand that has been displaced from Fujairah as a result of the Qatari crisis, Platts said citing undisclosed sources.Although some sources said that bunkering at the Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area (FOAA) was now possible for non-Qatari-flagged and/or non-Qatari-owned ships, suppliers informed they had still not started supplying bunkers to these ships that were sailing to and from Qatar, according to Platts.Earlier this week, state-owned petroleum company Qatar Petroleum launched a bunkering facility for all vessels calling Qatari ports “to ensure the continuous and reliable energy supplies.” The bunkering operations, available for all vessels lifting any Qatari seaborne imports or exports, started after meeting all international maritime and safety standards.“This temporary ship-to-ship fuel bunkering facility will meet our clients’ safety and commercial expectations, and will continue until a permanent solution is implemented,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said.Qatar’s bunkering move might have a few downsides, according to Platts’ sources, including the current weather conditions with winds at around 4 knots at Doha, which could make the operations difficult, a limited storage for fuel oil, as well as the availability of bunker barges in Qatar.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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