Jamaica shortlists 5 bidders for Kingston airport privatization

San Juan, Apr 22 (EFE).- The Jamaican government has narrowed to five the list of groups who will be invited to submit bids on a 30-year concession to operate Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport, a government spokesman confirmed to Efe Wednesday in a telephone interview.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing did not disclose the names of the candidates, saying only that the lead companies of the five consortiums are based in Europe, Asia and Latin America,

But the transport minister, Dr. Omar Davies, did say that two of the consortiums on the shortlist include Jamaican partners.

He told lawmakers that bidding documents will be issued at the beginning of June, with the transaction expected to be completed by early next year.

Jamaica recently granted a concession to France-based shipping giant CMA CGM to operate the Kingston Container Terminal for the next 30 years.