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Procurement matters to get priority treatment in special zones

Published:Tuesday | August 1, 2017 | 8:10 AM
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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that matters of procurement must be treated as priority, once an area is designated a Zone of Special Operation.

The Law Reform (Zone of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Bill was signed into law on July 14.   

The law gives members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) certain powers to address serious crimes in high crime zones.

Holness met with Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Agencies across Government yesterday to update them on plans to implement the Zones.

He says the Government must provide the social services once the area has been cleared and normalised so the various entities can go in with the social services to rebuild a secure community.

Holness says the Government and Cabinet are prepared to deal with priority procurement matters pertaining to the Zones as a matter of emergency.