Funds identified for Global Immigration card
Economic Growth Council (EGC) Chairman Michael Lee-Chin says funds have been identified to enable the National Security Ministry to conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a global immigration card for members of the Jamaican diaspora.
He made the announcement during the EGC's second quarterly national report at the University of the West Indies in Mona, St Andrew, last Thursday.
The card was one of 18 EGC targets slated to be in place by the Government for the month of March, but which, along with four others, were missed.
Lee-Chin underscored the importance of ensuring that steps are taken to speedily complete the study and create the card, pointing out that "we see the diaspora as an important partner to achieving growth and development".
Meanwhile, the EGC, in its published report, indicated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has commenced the preparation of a draft proposal on an institutional framework for promoting, coordinating and organising economic and social investments by the diaspora.
Lee-Chin also urged the administration to complete development of the public procurement regulations and handbook being spearheaded by the finance and the public service ministry, which will complement the Procurement Act.
Noting that the legislation was enacted in Parliament in 2014, he emphasised that "we absolutely need to get these regulations and handbook done speedily so that we can get on with [work that needs to be done]".