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OPM says concrete plans have emerged from Cabinet retreat

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Cabinet on Friday completed its three-day retreat where issues related to the preparations for the 2018-19 Budget, national security and public-sector wage negotiations were discussed.

In a statement yesterday, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) indicated that Cabinet discussed the present economic reform programme and examined plans and projections for the 2018-2019 fiscal year to be tabled in the Estimates of Expenditure.

The OPM also stated that, on the matter of national security, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Cabinet examined current crime and public-order challenges and formulated strategies to urgently address them.

"It was instructed that the National Security Council be brought in to meet this Monday (today) to consider and operationalise the strategies coming out of the Cabinet retreat," the OPM said.

With regard to public-sector wage negotiations, the OPM said Holness will also be shortly convening a meeting with the heads of the various bargaining units to address the current status of the discussions and the way forward.