Thursday 14 December, 2017

Caricom Report for Parliament soon

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The long-awaited report on Jamaica’s relationship with its Caricom partners will be brought to parliament in January, 2018.

That’s according to Prime minister Andrew Holness, who commissioned the report shortly after his Jamaica Labour Party was returned to Government following the February, 2016 General Elections.

He had tasked former Prime Minister Bruce Golding with undertaking the review. Golding chaired a 17-member group with members representing a wide-cross section of the society from academia to business.

He told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that “the Caricom Report is still before Cabinet, and it will be addressed as one of the first reports early next year.”

He made the comment while updating the House on the activities of the Jamaica Defence Force’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was deployed to Dominica following in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The category 5 system devastated the island, and Holness noted that the cost was more than 220 per cent of Dominica’s Gross Domestic Product.

He commended the DART team for doing outstanding work during their stay in Dominica.

The prime Minister has been in receipt of the Caricom report since March.