Thursday 28 May, 2020

Holness sets up COVID-19 core Cabinet unit

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has set up a core inter-ministerial Cabinet unit to drive the implementation of the policies and decisions that are taken during the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Speaking at the COVID-19 press conference at Jamaica House on Friday afternoon, Holness said the unit is tasked with ensuring that gaps in the implementation phase of the Government’s decisions are filled.

According to Holness, the unit will concentrate on a detailed review and deliberations of the events and decisions, which will enable better management of time of time by Cabinet members.

“That group, which is really inter-ministerial focuses on areas that are not adequately covered by one particular ministry, that group is charged with working very closely together in ensuring that those functions that are not in the remit of a particular ministry, that there are no slips in implementation,” said Holness.

“So in changing the ways in which we have managed the decision-making around this epidemic, we are better able to manage time, but also better able to spend quality time on truly thrashing out all the details of the decisions that have to be made,” he added.

According to Holness, all the ministers agree that while time is spent deliberating, analysing and receiving reports at the policy level, adequate time also needs to be given to reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation process.

He said this would help to clear bureaucratic obstacles while also assisting in being able to match reports with information that is garnered from other places in the world.

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