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Fighting corruption is a national priority, says finance minister

Published:Saturday | September 13, 2014 | 9:41 AM
Dr Peter Phillips - File

Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips says addressing the issue of corruption remains a national priority.



The Finance Minister says public perception of corruption continues to mar the political process in Jamaica, despite the passage of various pieces of legislation and strengthening of extensive requirements for the reporting of income by public officials.



He says the speedy passage of legislation to establish a single anti-corruption agency in Jamaica is key to tackling the problem.



He argues that the creation of a body with the requisite powers of investigation and prosecution would ensure even greater transparency and accountability among public officials and result in a reduction in corrupt practices in government.



Establishment of the anti-corruption agency falls under the provisions of the Integrity Commission Bill, which was tabled in Parliament earlier this year



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