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State minister lauds internal auditors
Minister of State in the finance and public service ministry Fayval Williams has hailed internal auditors for their work in aiding the fight against corruption in many entities.
Speaking at the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) anniversary banquet and awards ceremony at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston last Saturday, Williams emphasised the costliness of corruption to the nation and to public trust.
The state minister also noted the valuable contributions of internal auditors to the promotion of good governance.
Acknowledging Jamaica’s low ranking on the 2015 Corruption Perception Index, Williams indicated that the role of Government and the people must be to improve the standing.
She emphasised that questions related to transparency must be at the forefront of the minds of internal auditors when conducting their duties and that questions about the adherence to the rule of law, equitability, and inclusiveness and accountability are always to be considered.
Venezuelan president gets the history of Jamaica
The Foreign Affairs Minister of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, has accepted a copy of a magazine titled The Jamaican History, or La Historia de Jamaica, on behalf of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Rodriguez accepted the magazine while at the Simón Bolívar’s monument in Kingston recently, during the one-day working visit to the island by Maduro.
The magazine contains articles on the history of the Venezuelan revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar and the six countries that he liberated – Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Bolivia. It also features ‘The Jamaica Letter’, or ‘La Carta de Jamaica’, written by Simón Bolívar, on September 6, 1850, while exiled in Jamaica.
Essays and pictures contributed by the Venezuelan and Colombian embassies are also part of the 33-page magazine.
Bartlett pleased with support
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said he is satisfied with the level of support that exists in the resort town of Negril to allow for its development.
Following a tour of several sections of Negril last Friday, Bartlett said the visit by him and senior technocrats in the ministry was a fact-finding one to look at critical areas to be upgraded and developed.
He said the tour also brought the ministry’s team and stakeholders together to look at issues affecting the area and how they can be addressed through partnership.
“I am very pleased with the level of institutional support in the area. I am equally pleased with the enthusiasm and the energy that I feel in Negril – the desire for us to really transform this into a very alluring destination that will rival any of its kind across the globe,” the minister said.
The tour took the team along the seven-mile stretch of beach and into the West End area, where matters relating to the existing infrastructure for property and beach development as well as the opportunities for improved entertainment were discussed.
Brown hails Honey Bun
Director General in the industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries ministry Vivian Brown has hailed Honey Bun Limited for steps taken to improve its energy consumption, with the installation of 94 photovoltaic panels.
At a ceremony to officially unveil the first phase of the project at the company’s Retirement Road headquarters in Kingston last Friday, Brown said the move would have far-reaching significance for the company.
“What you have done here at Honey Bun, I assure you, will have positive implications for all in terms of growth, job creation, and competitiveness,” Brown said.
Installed by Sofos Jamaica Limited, the panels generate approximately 100 kilowatt hours of electricity per day. The US$250,000 ($31,192,487) investment in renewable energy has already yielded a 14 per cent decrease in the company’s energy bill.
Brown, who represented portfolio minister Karl Samuda, hopes that this “bold move” by Honey Bun Limited will inspire other Jamaican manufacturers to follow in their footsteps.