News from the OPM

PRESS RELEASE: New Curfew Times and Other Covid-19 Measures Begin Today


PRESS RELEASE: New Curfew Times and Other Covid-19 Measures Begin Today

The New Covid-19 Measures announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness will begin today, November 18, 2021.Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (November 16, 2021), the Prime Minister said:“The changes to the measures I am announcing [today] represent the start of a cautious, gradual and controlled approach towards getting the economy back to full productive capacity.  COVID-19 […]

Continue Reading

Government Declares SOE for Western Parishes and Sections of the Corporate Area


Government Declares SOE for Western Parishes and Sections of the Corporate Area

Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning (November 14, 2021) announced States of Public Emergency in three western parishes and sections of the Corporate Area spanning 7 police divisions. The SOE became effective at midnight November 14, 2021. Speaking during a virtual press conference to announce the SOEs, the Prime Minister said given the increase in […]

Continue Reading

Jamaica to Get Grant Assistance from the Government of India to Boost Resilience


Jamaica to Get Grant Assistance from the Government of India to Boost Resilience

The Government of Jamaica is to receive a US$1 million grant from the Government of India to boost its resilience building efforts. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement today (November 2) during the High-Level Event, launch of infrastructure for resilient island states. The Prime Minister thanked his counterpart in India Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]

Continue Reading

All Countries Must Act Responsibly and with Ambition, to Preserve Our Climate – PM Holness


All Countries Must Act Responsibly and with Ambition, to Preserve Our Climate – PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has asserted that the issue of climate change remains a pre-eminent priority for global action.He told world leaders now attending the COP26 Summit in Glasgow Scotland, that all countries must act responsibly to preserve world climate for current and future generations.“While climate change affects all countries, the impact on Small Island […]

Continue Reading

Greater Scrutiny Coming for Settlements as Government Tackles Climate Change


Greater Scrutiny Coming for Settlements as Government Tackles Climate Change

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaicans are to prepare for significant developments to address informal, irregular, and dangerous settlements. This, as he officially reopened the section of the Gordon Town main road which was severely damaged by rainfall in 2020.Speaking on Friday, (October 29, 2021) at the opening ceremony in East Rural St. Andrew, the Prime […]

Continue Reading

Statement on the Death of Former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell


Statement on the Death of Former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of General Colin Powell; a true trailblazer, statesman, diplomat, distinguished servant and gentleman, former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Born to Jamaican parents in New York, General Powell never forgot his roots and family lineage in Jamaica. His service in the […]

Continue Reading

Government Passes NIDS Bill After 40 Years


Government Passes NIDS Bill After 40 Years

The House of Representatives on Wednesday (October 13) passed the National Identification and Registration Act 2021. This Bill, which aims to provide a one comprehensive identification for each citizen and improve the ease of doing business, was approved after 40 years of delays across various administrations. Speaking in Parliament on the matter, Prime Minister Andrew […]

Continue Reading

Mrs. Maureen Dwyer to Assume Acting PS Responsibilities at MOEYI


Mrs. Maureen Dwyer to Assume Acting PS Responsibilities at MOEYI

Mrs. Maureen Dwyer, Chief Inspector in the National Education Inspectorate, will assume responsibilities as Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Youth and Information, with effect from 14th October 2021. This following Acting Permanent Secretary Dr. Grace McLean proceeding on leave with effect from tomorrow, 14th October 2021, in light of the Auditor General’s Report concerning […]

Continue Reading

New Vaccination Policy Coming Soon – Prime Minister Holness


New Vaccination Policy Coming Soon – Prime Minister Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says new vaccination policies are to be implemented after the Government completes its public education campaign.He noted that in the interim, all sections of the population must be exposed to information about the vaccine and given the choice and opportunity to get vaccinated.“We will respect people’s rights and the process before […]

Continue Reading

One Million Jamaicans to be Vaccinated by the End of November


One Million Jamaicans to be Vaccinated by the End of November

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is redoubling its vaccination efforts and has set a target to significantly increase vaccinations by November, aiming to reach one million Jamaicans by the end of that month.Speaking on Thursday (October 7, 2021), during a  tour of Vaccination Blitz sites in North Central Clarendon, Prime Minister […]

Continue Reading