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82% REDUCTION IN NUMBER OF JAMAICANS DENIED ENTRY INTO T&T

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade

Press Release

 Public Relations and Media Affairs Unit

21 Dominica Drive

Kingston 5, Jamaica W. I.

Tel:  (876)926-4220; Fax: (876)929-6733; e-mail: pr@mfaft.gov.jm

 

82% reduction in number of jamaicans denied entry into t&T

(MFA&FT Kingston: April 20, 2017)

USF PROVIDES MILLIONS TO BOOST INTERNET ACCESS

Thursday, 23 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 23 (JIS):

The Universal Service Fund (USF) has provided millions of dollars in support to libraries and educational institutions as the entity continues to carry out its mandate to provide 100 per cent Internet penetration across Jamaica.

            Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer at the USF, Suzette Buchanan, told JIS News that the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) has received $13.9 million to boost Internet access for users.

RETRIEVING UNCLAIMED BANK BALANCES

Thursday, 23 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 23 (JIS):

Each year, the Government publishes information on unclaimed balances in financial institutions for people to come forward to retrieve these sums.

Sums that remain unclaimed after such publication are turned over to the Government.

According to the Banking Services Act, 2015, unclaimed balances refer to monies that remain dormant in the possession or control of a banking institution for a period of 15 years or more.

INCREASED SUPPORT FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE

Thursday, 23 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 23 (JIS):

            Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says since taking office, the Government has significantly increased its support for the poor and vulnerable.

Closing the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 22, Mr. Shaw said his views are supported by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), a well-respected think tank.

GOV’T EMBARKING ON RATIONALISATION OF PUBLIC BODIES

Thursday, 23 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 23 (JIS):

            Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government has embarked on a comprehensive rationalisation of public bodies.

This, he said, will involve “a series of phased and sequenced actions over the next couple of fiscal years, whereby public bodies will, based on time-bound action plans, be merged, closed, privatised or reintegrated into the public sector”.

GCT ON GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE A DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSE FOR COMPANIES – SHAW

Thursday, 23 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 23 (JIS):

            Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says companies that pay the General Consumption Tax (GCT) on group health insurance on behalf of their workers will be able to treat the payment as a deductible expense.

Deductible expenses are those that can be subtracted from a company's income before it is subject to taxation.