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Private sector, corruption watchdogs hail Christie’s return

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:27 AM

National Integrity Action (NIA), the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), and the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal (JAMP) have welcomed the appointment of Greg Christie to the position of executive director of the Integrity Commission.

In a news statement yesterday, the PSOJ and JAMP said they anticipate that Christie’s selection would positively contribute to the increased effectiveness of the commission.

“During his tenure as contractor general, Mr Christie’s reputation, as well as his demonstrated tenacity and competence, makes him a suitable selection for this role.

“We acknowledge that the appointment of a permanent executive director is a positive development. However, we encourage the full appointment of the other directors to permanent roles as well as to fill the vacancies that exist on the commission in order to support a more robust approach in executing its mandate,” said the PSOJ and JAMP.

At the same time, NIA, headed by Professor Trevor Munroe, expressed satisfaction with Christie’s appointment.

“Mr Christie, in his tenure as contractor general, assisted in raising corruption issues to national prominence and, subsequent to demitting office, performed admirably as a consultant to NIA between 2013 and 2014. His performance contributed to the very positive assessments at the time and, subsequently, of NIA’s work by our international development partners.”