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'Make doing business with the government simpler'

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz wants the government to expedite the rationalisation and restructuring of the Development Applications Approval Process in an effort to make doing business with the government simpler and friendlier.

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday, Vaz declared that the move should be part of the process of eliminating bureaucracy from the public sector.

He said the rationalisation and restructuring of the approvals process could lead to increased employment and growth of the economy given the positive correlation between building starts and Gross Domestic Product.

Vaz cited the lack of an up-to-date National Spatial Plan and Development Orders or Plans as one of the hindrances to the development applications approval process.

He also described the the application processing system as circuitous, costly, time consuming and very frustrating for all those involved.

Vaz also raised concern about the Post Approval Inspection and the Appeals processes which he said are too lengthy.

He is recommending that an interim system, which he dubs the Jamaica Emergency Development Applications Approval Process be implemented to reduce red tape.

He says where major mega projects are proposed, one alternative is for the Government to obtain the necessary technical advice and use the parliamentary or another fast track process to take a decision.


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