Milestones in Sports, Culture and Entertainment
The Reggae Girlz celebrate Jamaica's historic qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's Football World Cup in France

Milestones in Sports, Culture and Entertainment

Sport                          • The Government hosted  four days of celebrations to recognise Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, for qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals…

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Inmate Rehabilitation
Minister of State in the Minister of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (centre), and Superintendent in charge of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, A.D. Brown (left), examine apparel made by inmate at the institution during a tour of the facility. Looking on is Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter

Inmate Rehabilitation

The Government earmarked $168 million in the 2018/19 budget to undertake construction and renovation works at several correctional facilities as well as to acquire vehicles. • Eight desktop computers were…

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Major Drop in Crime
Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (2nd right), walks the streets of Spanish Town, which was under a state of Public Emergency. Accompany him (from left) are: Senior Super-intendent of Police, Calvin Allen, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gary Griffiths and Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson

Major Drop in Crime

Measures implemented by the Government led to a major decline in murders and other major crimes last year. Reduction in Major Crimes • The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported a…

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Health Interventions
MInister Turfton (2nd right) treats a water drum for mosquitoe larvae, during a tour of the Gregory Park Community in Portmore, St. Catherine. Grayson Hutchinson (right), and larvicidal workers from the Ministry

Health Interventions

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) • On April 7, the Ministry of Health celebrated the first anniversary of the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign. • The initiative was expanded to schools at the start…

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Financial Stability
Dr. Clarke (centre) and Minister Williams (left), converse with Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, following a Special Policy Address on the BoJ's modernisation programme, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston

Financial Stability

IMF Financial System Stability Assessment • The IMF released its 2018 Financial System Stability Assessment (FSSA) report for Jamaica which underscored the importance of work being done to further strengthen…

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Country Continues to Record Gains Through Economic Reform Programme
Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), and World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirov, exchange signed copies of the grant agreement to help vulnerable fishing communities.

Country Continues to Record Gains Through Economic Reform Programme

Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP) remains in good shape, as evidenced by notable gains and out-turns in 2018. These included: • Better-than-targeted Central Government Primary Balance, at seven per cent,…

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Child Care and Protection
Education, Youth and Information State Minister, Hon. Floyd Green (right), reads to children attending the Early Childhood Commission's (ECC) 'Read Pon Di Cawna" events at Orange Park in downtown Kingston.

Child Care and Protection

• A multipurpose classroom, valued at $25 million, was built at the Granville Place of Safety in Trelawny. • A new multipurpose building, valued at approximately $16 million, was constructed…

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Government Increased Investment in Education
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has the attention of students at the Excelsior Primary School in Kingston

Government Increased Investment in Education

The Government increased investment in education, with an additional $2.7 billion provided in the 2018/19 budget, moving to $101.6 billion from $98.9 billion in 2017/18. The maintenance grant for high…

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