Gov’t to Divest JPS and JMB Shares

The Government is to divest ownership of the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB) and its 19 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to locals during the 2022/23 fiscal year.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Administration has “made advances” to this end, and “I’m definitely expecting that in the next fiscal year, we will be able to launch [initial public offerings for] those two”.

He was speaking during Mayberry Investments Limited’s virtual monthly investor forum on Wednesday, January 12.

Dr. Clarke advised that two additional public bodies are in the pipeline for privatisation, adding that the Government will continue to roll these and others out, “as we redefine the Jamaican State”.

The Minister emphasised that this will be “extremely important” in light of the ratio of the government sector as a percentage of the economy.

Dr. Clarke said this was “probably unhealthy” because “the government sector, historically, has crowded out the private sector”.

Jamaicans have, to date, been afforded the opportunity to own stakes in two State entities – Wigton Windfarm Limited and TransJamaican Highway Limited.

Dr. Clarke has indicated that the Government is looking to do likewise with the Jamalco alumina refinery in Clarendon.

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