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Jamaica needs tougher legislation to target private sector corruption - Contractor General

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:15 PM
Dirk Harrison

Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, says Jamaica is lagging behind on developing tough legislation to target corruption in the private sector.

Harrison says a current law being considered to establish a single-anti-corruption body to fight public sector corruption does not go far enough.

 

Contractor General Dirk Harrison

Last year, anti-corruption campaigner, Professor Trevor Munroe, pointed to a Don Anderson poll conducted locally, which revealed a high percentage of Jamaicans believe that big businesses are involved in corruption.

Meanwhile, the Contractor General says Jamaica needs to tighten up on the area of sub-contracting.

He believes that the current mechanisms in place make it easier for corrupt practices to take place.

Harrison says amendments to the Handbook for Public Procurement last year did not go far enough in governing sub contracting.