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PM TABLES MOCA BILL

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

The Government has taken another step to strengthen Jamaica’s anti-corruption laws through the tabling of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 21).

It is the second piece of legislation, designed to boost Jamaica’s anti-corruption framework, which the Administration has tabled, following the Integrity Commission Bill two months ago.

GOVERNMENT TO EMBARK ON REGENERATION PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

The Government is embarking on an Urban Regeneration Programme for the

re-development of targeted areas in Kingston and St. Andrew.

The programme is being done through the National Housing Trust (NHT), in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with support from the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the National Water Commission (NWC).

CLARENDON COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM UNDP SUPPORT

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

            Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has hailed the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for earmarking a number of Clarendon communities for assistance.

            The communities will be receiving development support to lessen the impact of climate change, increase access to water supply, improve agricultural output, and upgrade educational institutions.

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST VIOLENCE TO BE LAUNCHED

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

            A national campaign to promote peace and reduce violence in all its forms will be launched this year.

            This was stated by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 21).

He said the move forms part of concrete steps being taken by the Government to reduce the acceptance and use of violence in the country.

SPEED NETWORKING FEATURES NEW INVESTORS

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

            Head of the Tourism Linkages Network, Carolyn McDonald-Riley, says this year’s staging of the Ministry of Tourism’s Speed Networking will feature new investors to the local tourism industry.

            The investors are scheduled to meet with various stakeholders in the hotel and tourism industry on the day of the event, which is scheduled for March 29, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James.

EDUCATION ACT TO BE AMENDED TO PROHIBIT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

The Government is to amend the Education Act to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in schools.

This was stated by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 21.

“Already, several of our laws prohibit corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is prohibited in early-childhood institutions... and places of safety and children’s homes,” he pointed out.

NHT TO COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION OF 5,737 HOUSING SOLUTIONS

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

The National Housing Trust (NHT) will, in the upcoming financial year, commence construction of 5,737 housing solutions and complete an additional 1,682 in eight parishes across the island.

This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who delivered his 2017-18 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on March 21.

NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION AUTHORITY BILL TABLED

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Tuesday (March 21), tabled a Bill in Parliament to establish the National Identification and Registration Authority.

The proposed National Identification and Registration Act, 2017 and the Authority’s formation are in keeping with the National Identification Project, which Mr. Holness reintroduced last year.

The Registrar General’s Department (RGD), which will be transformed into the Authority, will have responsibility for the project’s implementation.

LANDS IDENTIFIED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LOGISTICS FACILITIES

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 22 (JIS):

The Government has identified strategically located parcels of land for the construction of facilities that will further develop logistics operations in the country.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the lands will facilitate construction for warehousing, manufacturing, assembly and other value-added activities.

Mr. Holness was delivering his 2017/18 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on March 21.