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  • The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) today (Nov. 8) dedicated its Corporate and Operating Plans for 2009 to 2012, during a service at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in Kingston.
  • In a message read by JIS Advisory Board Chairman, Mr. Neville James, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz pointed out that the Corporate and Operating Plans would not only help to improve the JIS, but also assist the Government with the dissemination of information.
  • "I feel confident that these plans will address many of the issues relating to JIS' own performance management and also the Government's ability to disseminate its policy information which is central to the success of the Government's public sector modernisation programme and Vision 2030," Minister Vaz stated.

The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) today (Nov. 8) dedicated its Corporate and Operating Plans for 2009 to 2012, during a service at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in Kingston.

In a message read by JIS Advisory Board Chairman, Mr. Neville James, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz pointed out that the Corporate and Operating Plans would not only help to improve the JIS, but also assist the Government with the dissemination of information.

“I feel confident that these plans will address many of the issues relating to JIS’ own performance management and also the Government’s ability to disseminate its policy information which is central to the success of the Government’s public sector modernisation programme and Vision 2030,” Minister Vaz stated.

He also urged the JIS staff and public sector entities to support the cause. “The implementation aspects will require the dedication of the entire staff and full support and commitment of public sector institutions to make use of the quality products and services provided by the JIS,” he said.

Principal of the Bethel United Basic School, Mr. Edmond Ferguson (left) accepts a donation of posters, books, and other educational material from Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe (right). The JIS today (Nov. 8) launched its Corporate and Operating Plans at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in Kingston.

‘Embracing Government Communication.Creating Impact’ is the theme of the Corporate and Operating Plans.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe emphasised that the Corporate and Operating Plans will take the JIS on a “transformational journey over the next three years”.

Mrs. Rowe noted that the targets of the Plans, both at the departmental and agency levels were arrived at after considering a number of factors.

“We have not only reflected on our major achievements but also have sought to visualise the future and our strategic role and activities as a highly professional and well motivated cadre of staff operating in the largest communication agency in Jamaica,” the CEO explained.

Mrs. Rowe further noted that in presenting the Corporate and Operating Plans, all aspects of the JIS’ operations were reviewed.

Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe addresses the congregation at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in Kingston today (Nov. 8) during the service of dedication to officially launch of the agency’s Corporate and Operating Plans.

“We reviewed all aspects of JIS’ operations including the highly competitive environment in which we operate and took into account scenarios of both opportunities and challenges, while considering the realities, trends and other implications,” she stated.

She added, that “with a new thrust in customer service and technology, we are of the view that this will enhance our professional standards and provide Ministers, Ministries, Departments and Agencies with quality public relations services”.

The congregation, which included Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Patricia Sinclair McCalla, was also treated to a soulful rendition of Hillsong’s ‘Healer’ from JIS Software/Web Developer, Joseph Curtis; scripture readings from Acting Radio Manager, Mrs. Alva Lindsay Blair, and JIS’ Chief State Liason, Mr. Ian Boyne CD. A video detailing the work and mission of the JIS, was also shown.

The agency also used the occasion to donate books and other educational materials to the Bethel United Basic School.

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