Finance Minister announces 852 billion dollar budget, 10,000 housing starts by end of current fiscal year and national health insurance scheme green paper being finalised.
Patient moved into isolation over suspected coronavirus symptoms; Four new Family Courts to be established; and Increased training opportunities coming under HEART Trust NTA.
Public encouraged to use drive safe app, Health ministry says western children hospital to be largest in Caribbean and Government to fund athletes for 2020 Olympics.
Statue of Asafa Powel unveiled, JPs urged to join restorative justice programme and Agriculture Ministry set to boost citrus production.
The country is being urged to maintain water conservation practices as a sustained period of dryness is being projected for the region up to April. Director of the Meteorological Services Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Evan Thompson says the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum’s projection is in line with local analyses, that also point to a near normal drying trend across the country for the period.
The House of Representatives has approved the Second Supplementary Estimates for the 2019/20 financial year. The figures show that the Budget has been increased by 7.966 billion dollars, moving from 851.1 billion to 859 billion dollars. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke says for the period April to November 2019, there were better than budgeted performances on both the Central Government’s primary and fiscal balance indicators. He says the additional expenditure is being facilitated by the higher revenue forecast and factored in the primary surplus target of 6 and a half percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
Agriculture Ministry to launch affordable greenhouse equipment project, Jamaica Social Stock Exchange making progress and Justice Ministry to launch restorative justice initiative for schools.
Water IQ Initiative to be expanded; Health and Wellness Minister urges public to remain vigilant in dengue fight; and Government to roll out Youth in Agriculture Policy.
Drought management committee to be established, citizens urged to conserve water during dry period and local government ministry increases funeral grant allocation.
Date for Clarendon South Bi-election announced; Government sensitizing frontline workers on coronavirus; and Ministry of Justice observing Restorative Justice Week.
Ministry of Health and Wellness establishes National Coordinating mechanism in response to coronavirus threat, HOPE driver training programme launched and Ministry of Education to increase security in schools.
Lower House approves second supplementary estimates, Zones of Special Operations extended and fire station to be built in Trelawny.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Missouri for international lecture series, government to increase NIS contribution rate and World Health Organisation declares 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Grammy winning artiste Koffee back in Jamaica; Schools complying with guidelines for sugary drinks; and Tourism Ministry calls for emergency funding to combat spread of coronavirus.
Government monitoring all countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus; tourism pension scheme to impact over 300,000 workers and; Asafa Powell statue to be unveiled on Sunday.
Travel ban imposed on persons coming from China; 60 million dollars allocated for reggae month activities; and public encouraged to utilize LMIS app.
Sugar-cane farmers in St. Thomas to receive financial assistance; Ground broken for new RADA office in Hanover; and Government assisting Jamaicans in China amidst Coronavirus outbreak.
Local testing for new coronavirus to become possible by February, Finance Minister welcomes latest Fitch rating and prostate cancer awareness campaign going well.
Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, says the States of Public Emergency (SOEs) continue to have positive results, in the areas where they have been implemented. In 2019 SOEs were declared in St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland, Clarendon, St. Catherine and the St. Andrew South Police Division. All areas under the security measure subsequently recorded declines in shootings and murders.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has outlined several measures to be taken as part of efforts to improve the management and governance of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
These will include changes to the institution’s procurement, record keeping and human resource management systems, based on recommendations found in the Auditor General’s report on the school for the 2016-2018 period. Mr Holness says a governance framework has been created which will guide operations going forward.