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  • Regulatory agencies in Jamaica are to benefit from a five-day professional certificate course in International Regulatory Affairs and Reform that will improve their skills and competencies.
  • The training is organised by the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) and will be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from June 19 to 23.
  • It will be conducted by the United Kingdom-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).

Regulatory agencies in Jamaica are to benefit from a five-day professional certificate course in International Regulatory Affairs and Reform that will improve their skills and competencies.

The training is organised by the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) and will be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from June 19 to 23.

It will be conducted by the United Kingdom-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).

Among the agencies that will take part are the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), Spectrum Management Authority, Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and the Pharmacy Council.

Executive Director of the PSRA, Roslyn Campbell, told JIS News that “this training is important to our regulatory bodies in Jamaica, because it will give us the necessary grounding required for effective policymaking and good governance”.

She said the training will bring certification from UK to Jamaica at a fraction of the cost to participants. The intervention, she noted, will ensure that regulatory professionals “have the requisite skills to deliver the programmes that they are mandated to, at the expected level”.

Course topics include Instructional Architecture for Regulatory Reform, Strategies and Approaches to Regulatory Reform, Reduction of Administration Burdens, Enforcement and Compliance Issues, and Monitoring and Evaluation of Regulatory Reform.

Ms. Campbell said the participants will be provided with a comprehensive analysis of mechanisms behind strategic regulatory reform, and receive practical steps on how to address enforcement and compliance issues that they are experiencing.

She told JIS News that the training will also facilitate debate, networking and sharing of best practices according to international regulatory standards.

The ICPS is a research institution of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN), and also works in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO).

The course cost is $300,000, and entities interested can call the PSRA and register at 967-2522/6.

The PSRA is a statutory body under the Ministry of National Security charged with responsibility to monitor and regulate the operations of all stakeholders in the private security industry.