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Closing of Sectoral Debate – Hon. Karl Samuda

Introductory Remarks  Speaker, it is my task today to close the Sectoral Debate for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017, and the first for this new administration. I am, indeed, honoured to do so. On behalf of the Government, I applaud everyone who took the time and effort to make a meaningful…

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Government to Establish Heritage Site at Pinnacle

The Government is committed to expanding the acquisition of Pinnacle lands in Sligoville, St. Catherine, and prioritising the establishment of a Rastafarian Heritage Site and Cultural Centre. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on…

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$800 Million to Rehabilitate Cane Roads

Some $800 million will be spent to rehabilitate 80 kilometres of cane roads in sugar-producing parishes, under the Sugar Transformation Programme. This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, as he closed the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 12.…

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Government Will Take Decisive Action to Tackle Crime – Samuda

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government will take decisive action to tackle the issue of crime. “We must amend our laws to put tougher penalties in place for persons convicted of violent crimes, and we must fix our justice system,” Mr. Samuda said.…

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Marcus Garvey’s Boyhood Home to be Restored

Restoration work on the boyhood home of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, is to be completed by August 2017. Making her contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 12, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, said she…

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Review of all Sporting Entities

A comprehensive review will be done of all sporting entities that fall within the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, with a view to restructuring them. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives…

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Minister Says Sport Will be at Forefront of Economic Growth

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is committed to having sports at the forefront of the country’s push towards economic growth. Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, today (July 12), Miss Grange said among the strategies to achieve this…

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WCJF to Restructure Delivery of Programmes

The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) has commenced the restructuring of the delivery of its programmes. This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Babsy Grange, during her contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 12. She said the…

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Joint Select Committee to Review Laws Against Gender-Based Violence

A Joint Select Committee of Parliament to review legislation against gender-based violence is to be reconvened shortly. This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, in a Statement to the House of Representatives on July 12. Some of the laws to be re-examined include…

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US$100 Million to be Spent Under MIDP

Some US$100 million will be spent this year on road projects through the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP). This was disclosed by Minister of State for Works in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Everald Warmington. He was making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral debate in…

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Several Ministries to Assist in Fight against Crime

The Government will be reallocating billions of dollars from several Ministries, Agencies and Departments to assist with the island’s crime-fighting strategies. “The administration is going to make the largest investment in the security apparatus in the history of this nation, and I am not talking millions, I am talking billions,”…

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Five Agro-Economic Zones to be Established

The Government is looking to establish up to five agro-economic zones, which will provide farmers with a reliable market for their produce, and contribute to the reduction of praedial larceny. Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said the zones will be…

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Government to Spend $1.1 Billion to Repair Main Roads

The Government will be spending approximately $1.110 billion to carry out routine repairs on the main road network, through the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF). Minister of State for Works in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Everald Warmington, said a number of areas and activities have been…

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Project Hope to Assist Poor and Vulnerable

State Minister for Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Everald Warmington, has announced the introduction of the Housing, Opportunity, Prosperity, Employment (HOPE) Programme, which will provide a one-stop shop for Government’s social-intervention programmes. Mr. Warmington, who was making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives…

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New Technology to Repair Roads

The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, in collaboration with the National Works Agency (NWA), is actively exploring the use of new technology for road rehabilitation. State Minister for Works in the Ministry, Hon. Everald Warmington, said the new technology incorporates the use of “crumb rubber” in making asphalt…

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We Will Not Shirk – Montague

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government will be relentless in pursuing perpetrators of crime and violence. “We will not shirk in this war against those who would challenge the authority of the State and bring untold terror to the people,” he said. Minister Montague was making his…

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Gov’t Looking to Raise Ceiling for Non-Tender Contracts

The Government is looking to lift the ceiling for the procurement of small contracts that do not have to go to tender, to $1.5 million. Minister of State with responsibility for Works in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Everald Warmington, said that currently, the limit for…

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Big Investment in National Security

Over the next three years the Government will make the largest investment in the National Security apparatus, as it seeks to curtail the country’s crime rate. “Never before will so much be invested in ensuring our peace and safety. We are not talking millions, but billions,” Minister of National Security,…

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Harsher Penalties for Gun Crimes

The Ministry of National Security will be seeking to have the mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes, trafficking and possession increased. Making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representative on July 6, Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, said this will be escalated depending…

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Government to Undertake Audit of Borders

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is to undertake an audit of the nation’s borders. Making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 6, the Minister said the movement of drugs, people and guns is too free and frequent.…

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