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Commerce ministry refutes AG's findings

Published:Saturday | January 17, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Vivian Brown is refuting the findings of the Auditor General’s Department that the ministry is not fulfilling its objectives.

Brown says the ministry has completed its written responses to the AG’s findings and will be presenting them to that agency shortly as well as the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Among other things, the Auditor General’s Department found that some aspects of policy implementation and monitoring were being done by agencies within the ministry and not at the ministry level.

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis also reported that the ministry did not respond to the findings of her audit.

However, in a statement today, Brown said the report is potentially misleading in critical areas and contains several inaccuracies.

As an example, he says the auditor general’s report indicates that there are 27 agencies within the ministry.

However, Brown says the ministry has responsibility for 17 agencies and two external departments.

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