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IMF requirements force Christmas Eve sitting of Parliament

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Parliamentarians are scheduled to turn up for work on Christmas Eve – next week Tuesday – as Jamaica ensures it meets International Monetary Fund (IMF) requirements.

Under the IMF agreement, Jamaica must pass critical pieces of legislation by year end.

The Houses of Parliament advised today that the 63 members of the Lower House are to meet briefly to consider two bills.

Those bills are the Civil Service Establishment (General) Order, 2013 and the Civil Service Establishment (General) (Amendment) Order, 2013.

Last month, the leader of government business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell said elected members should be prepared to be at work up until December 17 or later.

The sitting is also to avoid stumbling at the next quarterly review under the four-year extended-fund facility with the IMF.

Yesterday the Fund officially confirmed that Jamaica passed the second test under its loan programme.

The completion of the review enables the disbursement of approximately US$30.8 million.


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