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Cabinet approved the standardisation of administrative regions across the public sector to commence from January 1, 2011.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on December 1, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the objective is to facilitate “multi-task agency co-ordination of data to common geographic areas, both at the strategic level and at the community/neighbourhood level, to inform planning and decision making”.
“Ministries, departments and agencies currently have different boundaries, which delineate their administrative zones across the island. The number of regions being used by each entity ranges from two to seven. The lack of standardisation has serious implications for proper management, effective social intervention and efficient use of limited resources, both human and material,” he said.
Minister Vaz informed that the methodology used to determine the standardised regions included: a review of existing documentation on administrative boundaries; technical analysis using Geographic Information Systems; and a series of meetings with the major government stakeholders.
The zones are: West comprising the parishes of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny and Westmoreland; North East – St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland; South East – St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine; and South – Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth.