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A needs assessment of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel has commenced, Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister, Olivia Grange, has informed.
Speaking at last week’s post-Cabinet media briefing, at Jamaica House, Miss Grange said the assessment, being carried out by the Canadian Department of Justice, under the Department’s Justice Undertaking for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, commenced on January 12, and is an interim measure to determine the needs of the office, prior to providing drafters in the programme of assistance, under JUST.
In July 2008, the Canadian Department of Justice concluded an analysis of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), which will be replicated in the assessment of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, the Minister informed.
Meanwhile, Transport and Works Minister, and Chairman of the Cabinet’s Infrastructure Committee, Michael Henry, advised that Cabinet has approved the award of a contract, in the sum of US$1.38 million, by the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), to Gisecke and Devrient America, Inc., to effect the full service and maintenance of two BPS 3000 banknote sorting machines, fitted with Nota pack modules.
He also informed that two contracts, totalling US$457,031.10, and US$558,667, have been approved for awarding to Hetero Drugs Limited, and Puerto Rico Pharmaceuticals Limited, respectively, for the provision of anti-retroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.

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