FULL BRIEF (Summary is also attached)
Scrap metal theft has been a major problem worldwide over the past decade. Jamaica experienced similar theft trends as other countries, with the infrastructure of its utility companies being hardest hit. In response to this, temporary bans on the legal scrap metal trade were imposed in 2007, 2008, 2010 and again in October 2011 by then Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton.
There continues to be much debate over whether the ban helps or hurts Jamaica’s economy. The current administration is preparing to review the ban, which was due in January 2012 as stated when it was imposed. CaPRI, in fulfilling its mandate to inform debate toward sound public policy development, has conducted extensive research into the issue facing Jamaica and how it has been handled by other countries. Coming from this work, CaPRI has developed a brief that clearly gives Ten Steps to a Scrap Metal Solution for Jamaica.