News from the OPM

PM Holness Announces Changes to Portfolio Assignment
PM Holness Announces Cabinet and Senate Appointments
PM Holness Announces Full Cabinet Appointments
Government Refocusing Efforts to Reopen the Economy; Create Jobs and Housing Opportunities
PM Announces Phased Reopening of Jamaica’s Borders with Strict Protocols
PM Holness Statement Announcing the Passing of Labour and Social Security Minister Hon. Shahine Robinson
PM Holness Announces Changes to Portfolio Assignment

PM Holness Announces Changes to Portfolio Assignment

June, 24 2020
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has made further changes to the ministerial arrangements in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Daryl Vaz, will assume responsibility for the Water and Housing Portfolios and subject matters having to do with certain special economic development projects. Minister Vaz will be tasked with ensuring that water and housing projects are accelerated and that special economic projects, such as the Special Economic Zones, become a reality in short order. This is a necessary part of the Government’s recovery strategy from the COVID19 economic fallout. Newly appointed Minister without Portfolio, Leslie Campbell, has been assigned to the Land, Environment and Climate Change portfolio. Prime Minister Holness has said that the entire focus of the Government must be on ensuring that Jamaica recovers stronger from the Pandemic as we secure lives and livelihoods.
PM Holness Announces Cabinet and Senate Appointments

PM Holness Announces Cabinet and Senate Appointments

June, 22 2020
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in continuing to ensure that the Government is on strong footing to effectively manage Jamaica’s economic recovery, has recommended to the Governor General that Mr. Leslie Campbell MP, an Attorney at Law, be appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. Mr. Campbell became a lawyer in 1994 having attended St Mary’s College and the University of London; he specializes in civil matters and is also a businessman. The Prime Minister has also written to the Governor General recommending the appointment of Ms. Tova Hamilton, Attorney-at-law, to the Senate. Miss Hamilton who attended Westwood High School, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and the Norman Manley Law School, has been practising law since 2007. She specializes in conveyancing, corporate and entertainment law. Miss Hamilton is to be sworn in at the next sitting of the Senate. Prime Minister Holness says that the entire focus of his Administration is to ensure that Jamaica recovers stronger through this time of crisis as we preserve lives and livelihoods.
PM Holness Announces Full Cabinet Appointments

PM Holness Announces Full Cabinet Appointments

June, 18 2020
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the appointment of Hon. Karl Samuda to the post of Minister of Education, Youth and Information and Hon. Lester Mike Henry as Minister of Labour and Social Security effective June 18, 2020. Minister Samuda was previously Minister without portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information and Minister Henry was Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Holness noted that having brought the Ministry of Education under the umbrella of the Office of the Prime Minister, he is now satisfied that a strategic and strong governance framework has been implemented to ensure breaches such as those which occurred at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) are not repeated. The Prime Minister said having had oversight of the portfolio for months, he is confident Minister Samuda will do a good job as  Minister. And, Minister Henry’s appointment to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security comes following the death of Hon. Shahine Robinson. Minister Robinson died on May 29, following a period of illness.
Government Refocusing Efforts to Reopen the Economy; Create Jobs and Housing Opportunities

Government Refocusing Efforts to Reopen the Economy; Create Jobs and Housing Opportunities

June, 18 2020
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is refocusing its efforts to get the economy back on track to provide job opportunities for all Jamaicans, especially those persons impacted by the novel Coronavirus. The Prime Minister was speaking yesterday, (Wednesday, June 17) at the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) Groundbreaking ceremony for the Catherine Estates Housing Development in St. Catherine. The Prime Minister says the Government’s objective is to provide opportunities for persons severely affected by the pandemic. He noted that in getting the economy “up and running” the Government is working to create jobs that can also allow more persons to purchase their own homes. Since 2016, the Government has been on a successful mission to provide every Jamaican with the keys to their own homes, with a record number of housing starts in the history of Jamaica. The pandemic has separated many Jamaicans from their sources of income and in other cases many have suffered significant cuts to their earnings. In this regard, Prime Minister Holness said the Government’s goal is to ensure everyone has an income and to restore hope for a bright future. “With the resources available, the Government is ensuring that it can arrange the…
PM Announces Phased Reopening of Jamaica’s Borders with Strict Protocols

PM Announces Phased Reopening of Jamaica’s Borders with Strict Protocols

June, 01 2020
The Government will today (June 1, 2020) begin a phased reopening of the country’s borders. In an address to the nation last night (Sunday, May 31), Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that effective June 1, in the first phase of the lifting of border restrictions, passenger vessels carrying Jamaican citizens will be accommodated. In the second phase which will begin on June 15, the borders will be open to non-nationals or visitors. In that regard, the Government will seek to implement new controlled re-entry protocols that will be based on a risk assessment of the countries from which persons are seeking to enter Jamaica and their travel routes. “Countries that have a similar management and profile result for the epidemic regarding spread, death rate, infection prevention and control measures, contact tracing protocols and other such criteria could constitute a “travel bubble” that would determine the protocols that would apply to their entry,” said Prime Minister Holness. Nationals seeking to re-enter Jamaica from countries within this ‘travel bubble’ may not need to be tested on arrival. However, they would be subject to health status screening. Protocols that will be established for re-entry of nationals between June 1-14, 2020 include; Sensitization programme…
PM Holness Statement Announcing the Passing of Labour and Social Security Minister Hon. Shahine Robinson

PM Holness Statement Announcing the Passing of Labour and Social Security Minister Hon. Shahine Robinson

May, 29 2020
It is with deep sadness that I inform the nation of the passing of our dear Hon. Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security and Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann. Shahine was a patriot, a servant of the people, a much loved political representative adored by her constituents, a humanitarian and great personal friend. In previous years, Shahine who is from Claremont, St. Ann, served as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (2007) – with the responsibility for Local Government added in July 2011 – and Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works (2011). An earnest and passionate member of the Jamaica Labour Party, Shahine never wavered in her love for her Party. She fought courageously against her illness; her passing has left us with a sense of deep sorrow and we shall miss her dearly. I extend heartfelt sympathy to her family and loved ones. May her soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine on her.
Former Government Minister Dr. Neville Gallimore Has Died

Former Government Minister Dr. Neville Gallimore Has Died

May, 28 2020
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed sadness at the passing of former Government Minister, Dr. Neville Gallimore, CD. Dr. Gallimore who commenced his service in Government in the 1960s held several Ministerial posts in the Cabinet of the Edward Seaga led Government of the 1980s.  He was 81 years-old. In a statement to the media Prime Minister Holness said: “Dr. Gallimore served Jamaica with distinction. Dr. Gallimore had a passion for his God, his people and his politics. Indeed, He was undoubtedly a pioneer and a patriot. Dr. Gallimore has been a part of Jamaica’s political landscape from the 1960s and helped to shape policy and institutions in modern Jamaica.  I am indeed saddened at his passing as we have lost another of our nation-builders particularly on a day when we mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of the father of modern Jamaica, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.” Dr. Gallimore was first elected member of Parliament for the constituency of South West St. Ann in 1967, becoming, at the time, the youngest member of the Jamaican Parliament. Two years later he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1969-1972. In the 1980s under the leadership of former Prime…
Disembarkation Process Complete for Repatriated Jamaican RCCL Ship Workers

Disembarkation Process Complete for Repatriated Jamaican RCCL Ship Workers

May, 26 2020
I am pleased to announce that the disembarkation process for Jamaican workers on the ‘Adventure of the Seas’ cruise line ship operated by Royal Caribbean   Limited (RCCL) was completed this afternoon (May 25) at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny. The final batch of Jamaicans left the vessel this morning. The management of RCCL has reported that 1024 of the 1044 Jamaicans aboard who wished to be landed in Jamaica have now done so. Jamaicans will recall that as early as April, the Government wrote to RCCL to explore ways to bring our Jamaicans home. The ‘Adventure of the Seas’ was given permission to dock on (May 19) following the finalisation of a protocol under the Controlled Re-Entry Programme. The Ministry of Health and Wellness created a sterile zone around the port to conduct COVID-19 testing. Following which the ship workers were transferred to the Bahia Principe hotel in St Ann, to await test results. At present nine Jamaicans from the ‘Adventure of the Seas’ have been placed in isolation, having tested positive for COVID19, while 384 persons have been sent to do home quarantine following their negative test result. Persons who are allowed to quarantine at home have consented to have their…
High-Level UN Event Will Tackle Critical Finance Issues to Address Economic Devastation Caused by COVID-19

High-Level UN Event Will Tackle Critical Finance Issues to Address Economic Devastation Caused by COVID-19

May, 26 2020
Webcast: http://webtv.un.org    NEW YORK, 26 MAY 2020 – The Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and Andrew Holness of Canada and Jamaica, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, will convene a special high-level event on 28 May 2020 to advance concrete solutions to the development emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Event, which will be virtual, will open with a High-Level Segment in which Heads of State and Government will express their commitment to decisively facilitate global solutions to address the global economic crisis and its effects on the most vulnerable. A High-Level Panel of leaders from international institutions will discuss the challenges and opportunities to act quickly on six issues: The need to expand liquidity in the global economy and maintain financial stability to safeguard development gains. The need to address debt vulnerabilities for all developing countries to save lives and livelihoods for billions of people around the world. The need to create a space in which private sector creditors can proactively engage in effective and timely solutions. Prerequisites for enhancing external finance for inclusive growth and creating jobs, including lowering the transactions costs of remittances. Measures to expand fiscal space and foster domestic resource mobilization by preventing illicit financial flows.…