News from the OPM

Minister Audley Shaw Assumes Responsibility for Agriculture and Fisheries
Government Announces Extension of No-Movement Days
EXEMPTED CATEGORIES UNDER THE DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ACT
Jamaica Has Lost A Great Pioneer of Music: the Unforgettable Lee “Scratch” Perry – PM Holness
Amendments to DRMA to Accommodate Places of Worship and Other Persons
Entire Council of Ministers Fully Vaccinated – PM Holness
The Government of Jamaica is Ready for the Hurricane Season

The Government of Jamaica is Ready for the Hurricane Season

June, 02 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government of Jamaica is prepared for the Hurricane Season even while still dealing with the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister said, “The restrictions imposed by Covid-19 will alter our emergency and recovery responses. However, we are not daunted we are focused on strategically putting in place what we need to safeguard our faster and stronger recovery. Like we have done successfully in the past year, our strategy must be to anticipate, plan, and prepare for the threat and not to panic if or when it materializes.” The Prime Minister was speaking yesterday (June 1, 2021) as he delivered the charge to members of the National Disaster Risk Management Council Meeting at the launch of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season under the theme, “Hurricane Readiness in Trying Times.” Prime Minister Holness said the objectives of the National Hurricane Preparedness campaigns are to increase public awareness of all hazards, increase visibility islandwide, create a culture of compliance, and strengthen public knowledge. As chairman of the National Disaster Committee, the Prime Minister instructed the Committee to direct its attention to several priority areas, including the readiness of shelters and shelter operations, cleaning drain…
Government Announces Recrafted Covid-19 Measures

Government Announces Recrafted Covid-19 Measures

June, 02 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced recrafted Covid-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA). The amended measures will begin on June 3, 2021, and expire June 30, 2021. Speaking yesterday (June 1, 2021) in Parliament, Prime Minister Holness said, “All through the pandemic, we have been guided by the data and the science in our management. Our approach has been evidence-based, measured, proportionate, and situationally appropriate. We have also been fair and equitable. While we cannot become complacent, the declining numbers do support some relaxation of the measures.” However, the Prime Minister noted that while there has been improvement in the Covid-19 situation in the country over the last two months, significant risks remain as only approximately 5% of the population has received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and less than 1% is fully vaccinated. In that regard, the Prime Minister reiterated that all Jamaicans must remain cautious and diligent in observing the protocols of wearing masks, physical distancing, and sanitizing. “We have now experienced two spikes in Jamaica. We know the behaviours and the carelessness that result in spikes. Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past. Let us view the relaxation of the…
The Government of Jamaica is Ready for the Hurricane Season

The Government of Jamaica is Ready for the Hurricane Season

June, 02 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government of Jamaica is prepared for the Hurricane Season even while still dealing with the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister said, “The restrictions imposed by Covid-19 will alter our emergency and recovery responses. However, we are not daunted we are focused on strategically putting in place what we need to safeguard our faster and stronger recovery. Like we have done successfully in the past year, our strategy must be to anticipate, plan, and prepare for the threat and not to panic if or when it materializes.” The Prime Minister was speaking yesterday (June 1, 2021) as he delivered the charge to members of the National Disaster Risk Management Council Meeting at the launch of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season under the theme, “Hurricane Readiness in Trying Times.” Prime Minister Holness said the objectives of the National Hurricane Preparedness campaigns are to increase public awareness of all hazards, increase visibility islandwide, create a culture of compliance, and strengthen public knowledge. As chairman of the National Disaster Committee, the Prime Minister instructed the Committee to direct its attention to several priority areas, including the readiness of shelters and shelter operations, cleaning drain…
Positive Things are Happening in Our Country – Prime Minister Holness

Positive Things are Happening in Our Country – Prime Minister Holness

June, 01 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government’s primary focus continues to be that of developing the country, creating opportunities, and meeting the needs of every Jamaican. The Prime Minister was speaking today, (June 1, 2021) at the groundbreaking ceremony for “The Residences at Terra Nova” in Kingston. According to the Prime Minister, despite the expected criticisms, he has not lost sight of his duty and commitment to serve the people of Jamaica. While acknowledging that there are indeed challenges, the Prime Minister said we must not neglect the positives. He said, “Immediate issues are inflated and often conflated to create a negative narrative. However, there are also positives.” He continued, “I am doing something every week, whether breaking ground or opening a new space; those messages must override the negative talk perpetuated by those who seem to want to tear down rather than build.” The Prime Minister further stated; “The purpose of politics is to ensure that power is given to people who make things happen and not those who prevent things from happening. Every Jamaican must look at what is happening in front of them and ask themselves; ‘Who is making things happen in this country and who are…
Positive Things are Happening in Our Country – Prime Minister Holness

Positive Things are Happening in Our Country – Prime Minister Holness

June, 01 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government’s primary focus continues to be that of developing the country, creating opportunities, and meeting the needs of every Jamaican. The Prime Minister was speaking today, (June 1, 2021) at the groundbreaking ceremony for “The Residences at Terra Nova” in Kingston. According to the Prime Minister, despite the expected criticisms, he has not lost sight of his duty and commitment to serve the people of Jamaica. While acknowledging that there are indeed challenges, the Prime Minister said we must not neglect the positives. He said, “Immediate issues are inflated and often conflated to create a negative narrative. However, there are also positives.” He continued, “I am doing something every week, whether breaking ground or opening a new space; those messages must override the negative talk perpetuated by those who seem to want to tear down rather than build.” The Prime Minister further stated; “The purpose of politics is to ensure that power is given to people who make things happen and not those who prevent things from happening. Every Jamaican must look at what is happening in front of them and ask themselves; ‘Who is making things happen in this country and who are…
Ambassador Anthony Johnson, OJ was Accorded a Memorial Service

Ambassador Anthony Johnson, OJ was Accorded a Memorial Service

May, 28 2021
The Government of Jamaica wishes to state that the protocol surrounding the holding of funeral services continues to be strictly enforced. The official memorial service for the life of the late Ambassador the Honourable Anthony Johnson, OJ, took place yesterday, Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the St Augustine Chapel, Kingston College Chapel, North Street, Kingston. In accordance with the Disaster Risk Management Act, the ceremony held was not a funeral. Additionally, in keeping with the COVID-19 measures under the DRMA the service was restricted to 30 persons. Those who participated included public officials, Head of State, the Head of Government and the Leader of the Opposition in keeping with their ceremonial roles. Other public officials and some family members participated in the Service virtually. The mortal remains was also not present at the sanctuary. The burial will be restricted to 15 persons at a later date. The Government has in no way broken its own rules on the holding of funerals.
PM Holness  Renews Call For Equity of Access to Vaccines

PM Holness Renews Call For Equity of Access to Vaccines

May, 26 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling for greater access to resources such as vaccines for the Caribbean and Africa particularly in light of the global pandemic COVID-19. Addressing Africa Day Webinar yesterday (Tuesday, May 25,2021), Prime Minister Holness said: “Africa cannot be denied opportunities, nor can the Caribbean, if we are to truly advance the ethos that ‘no one must be left behind.” The Prime Minister continued: "It cannot be morally justified that rich countries, many of whom gained their wealth and scientific advantage through the exploitation of Africa and its people, now use this wealth and scientific advantage to hoard and stockpile vaccines while the poor and historically exploited and deprived countries, wait in uncertainty to access equitable and consistent supplies, their populations at risk and their economies on pause. It would be the greatest setback for mankind, if inequitable vaccine access were to cause uneven recovery and a widening of the development gap between rich and poor globally.” In the meantime, the Prime Minster commended the Government of the Republic of South Africa and President Cyril Ramaphosa for his vision in establishing the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust and the African Medical Supplies Platform.  He further expressed appreciation…
Jamaica Looks to Strengthen Bi-lateral Relations With Africa

Jamaica Looks to Strengthen Bi-lateral Relations With Africa

May, 25 2021
As Jamaica joins Africa in celebrating and recognizing Africa Day 2021, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there are significant opportunities for lucrative trade, investment and tourism links between Africa and the Caribbean. The Prime Minister says connectivity is the greatest link between the region and Africa. In his remarks during the Africa Day webinar today (May 25, 2021), Prime Minister Holness highlighted major bi-lateral agreements signed between the Republic of South Africa and Jamaica. Agreements signed so far, include direct flights from Nigeria to Kingston; other flight arrangements are being pursued. It is envisioned that this will create “more powerful engagement, and exchange of a range of goods and services between the Continent and its Sixth Region.” Additionally, the Government of Jamaica recently appointed its first Ambassador/Special Envoy for Investment to Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Togo. Prime Minister Holness said the Government has been actively pursuing trade and investment routes that support our business opportunities. “We are preparing to unleash new strategies for travel, trade and investment, anchored in the will of our people to unite.  There is the need for Government policies and inter-governmental arrangements to facilitate contacts between our countries to foment even higher levels of trade…
Unite for Reparations

Unite for Reparations

May, 25 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is encouraging greater unification for reparations. Speaking this morning (May 25, 2021) at the Africa Day Webinar, the Prime Minister said, “Africans and people of African descent must work together to demand reparations from colonial powers for the damage caused to our people, who endured over four hundred years of enslavement with continuance in post-slavery governance and economic arrangements. Our engagement with not only countries, but institutions which benefitted from the brutal system of enslavement must also be to that end, and we will provide mechanisms for reparations to be made and paid”. In that regard, Prime Minister Holness acknowledged the collaborative work for reparation done by the National Council on Reparation in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and, the P.J Patterson Centre for Africa Caribbean Advocacy, the Institute for Global African Affairs in Johannesburg, and other institutions established by the University of the West Indies in Continental Africa. The Prime Minister also noted that while it is important to understand and repair the past, Africans, and people of African descent, in the quest for justice, should also focus on eradicating the inequities which have caused persistent poverty and disenfranchisement. “These inequities have been magnified…