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Five public bodies to be closed by October

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 10:51 AM

At least five public bodies are to be closed by October as the Government presses ahead with a rationalisation programme.

A Ministry of Finance submission to Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee shows that the Road Maintenance Fund, the Board of Supervision, Kingston Waterfront Hotel Company Limited, Montego Shopping Centre and Portmore Commercial Development Limited will be closed by the end of October.

The document further states that the Office of Children's Registry should be reintegrated into the Child Development Agency.

The HEART Trust/NTA, the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the National Youth Service are also to be merged by October 31.

The merger of the Coconut, Coffee and Cocoa Industry boards into the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority is said to be well under way.

For the current fiscal year, the government is also taking steps to wind up the Self Start Fund and there are plans to transfer the functions of the Port Authority Management Services to the Transport Authority.

In a release yesterday, co-chair of the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee, Danny Roberts, reported that the Public Sector Transformation Implementation Unit is expected to submit to the Cabinet, a time-bound plan to reintegrate eligible public bodies into central government.

Roberts also indicated that by September, the Cabinet is to receive a medium-term policy and implementation plan to revise the performance-based merit increases and a proposal for clear rules for hiring, promotion and exit.