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  • Work on the Communication Policy for Government is nearing completion.
  • The communications policy will regulate how Government Ministries communicate.
  • It will also look at how agencies of Government communicate with the different segments of society.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says work on the Communication Policy for Government is nearing completion.

Speaking at the launch of the 2013/14 Access to Information National High School Essay Competition at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 24, Minister Falconer said a rough draft of the policy has been completed, and is to be shared with government communications personnel this week for further review.

“Very soon, we will be tabling our communications policy for Government…We have just done the rough draft. We will be sharing it this week with Government communicators, and we’ll be tweaking it, and that policy will allow for even better communication with all our different stakeholders, all the different strata of society and we know it will improve how we communicate and give the people more access to the information that government has,” she said.

The communications policy will among other things, regulate how Government Ministries communicate, outline the role of the Information Minister, the role of the communications staff within the Ministries and how the Ministries are branded.

It will also look at how agencies of Government communicate with the different segments of society.

The ATI National High School Essay Competition, which is in its fifth year, is open to registered high school students between third and sixth form. The competition closes on January 31, 2014, and focuses on the topic, “The Access to Information Act (2002) is critical for enabling citizens to exercise their voice, to effectively monitor and hold government accountable, and to enter into informed dialogue about decisions which affect their lives. Discuss.”

Persons are encouraged to send entries to: Access to Information, Unit 5-9 South Odeon Avenue, Kingston 10 or by email to ati@cwjamaica.com or call 968-8282 for additional information.