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JCC President wants EPOC-like body for crime situation

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 9:22 PM
President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Warren McDonald.

The president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Warren McDonald, wants the government to establish a public-private body that will recommend solutions and monitor the country’s response to the crime situation.

McDonald says the partnership would specifically focus on crime and the criminal justice system and would function like the government’s Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC).

EPOC monitors the government’s loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund and holds quarterly briefings to update the public on the country’s performance.

The JCC president notes that shortly before the General Election in February a Crime and Justice Committee was set up under the then government’s Partnership for Jamaica Coalition.

He says given the current state of crime in Jamaica, there is an urgent need for the body to be re-constituted.

According to him, the body would report to the public on the nation’s performance every month.

He says this will ensure that officials are held accountable for achieving targets.