Auditor General blasts Anthony Hylton-led ministry
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The auditor general’s department says it cannot say whether the Industry, Investment and Commerce Ministry, headed by Anthony Hylton, is fulfilling its objectives as that ministry is barely monitoring or evaluating its policies.
The ministry is described as a policy ministry, with a strong emphasis on the development and oversight of policy implementation through legislation and administrative mechanisms.
However, in a report released this week, Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, said her investigators were unable to ascertain the number of policies monitored over the three-year period 2011-2014.
She says this is because no report was produced for the period.
The auditor general explains that without the evaluation process, the ministry tasked with among other things, increasing local and foreign investments and driving innovation and job creation, cannot determine how those are being achieved.
The auditor general says the Ministry also cannot determine the extent to which the policies were impacting various sectors.
There was more bad news for the ministry critical to the development of the much touted logistics hub initiative.
The auditor general says her team found that aspects of policy implementation, monitoring and implementation are done by agencies under the ministry rather than taking place at the ministry level.
In addition, Monroe Ellis says most of the 27 agencies that fall under the ministry are not submitting annual reports as required.
Meanwhile, the auditor general is lamenting that despite efforts made by her team three times last year, the Ministry has not responded to the findings.
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