Supplies Control Unit Assures No Political Interference in Sugar Distribution Amid Shortage

Supplies Control Unit Assures No Political Interference in Sugar Distribution Amid Shortage

The Supplies Control Unit under the Ministry of Enterprise has given assurance that when it comes to the list of distributors who receive sugar from BSI/ASR there is no political interference.  The assurance comes amid the release of the distributors’ names, allegations by the opposition of political participation in illegal exportation of sugar across the border, and a shortage of sugar on the store shelves.  In explaining the process of accessing sugar direct from the factory, Directors of Supplies Control Unit, Lennox Nicholson, says the process is completely left up to BSI/ASR. 

Lennox Nicholson, Controller of Supplies: “The matter of who gets on that list to be a sugar distributor and how much product they get to distribute and whatever criteria is used to get them on that list is purely a private sector enterprise at this stage. So the government does not control who is on that list, at least at this stage. There are no regulations that really authorize the government to get involved in determining who are on that list. So whoever you see on that list is strictly driven by private sector considerations and private sector dynamics at this stage. What drives our intervention is conduct and evidence of the conduct. So whoever is on that list the emphasis that we have right now in dealing with this particular situation is whether or not the product that they buy from BSI is being supplied to the market. That at this stage is our only concern. Establishing that and establishing the mechanism through which that happens and of course the price at which it is supplied to retailers which has an impact on the price that the product is offered to consumers. So from our perspective intervention is driven by conduct and the evidence of the conduct. So we in terms of who is affiliated with whom and how they managed to get on that list and all of that aspect of it and some of the more intriguing dynamics of the sugar industry is not necessarily a concern for us at this stage. At this stage the concern is to establish how the product is being distributed through the market with a view to bringing a resolution to the particular issue that we have at this stage. I am sure that all parties involved both government and private sector will in due course take necessary steps to look at that list and perhaps rationalize the methodology for coming up with who is on that list who gets what but from my desk the emphasis is on doing that analysis to establish how that product is being distributed through the market.”

The Supplies Control Unit continues to probe into reports of sugar smuggling.  If anyone has any information that can assist the unit in its investigation, you are encouraged to use the hotline, 6074686.

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