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these items had been taxed and what was the situation before taxes were imposed.

February 23, 2005

88 Background information on Hon. Omar Davies, including date and place of birth educational history and parental history.

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Academia

February 25, 2005

89 Copy of the document entitled Modernization of the Public Sector in Jamaica

Applicant invited to use Ministry’s library resources

Public

March 9, 2005

90 Report sent to the Governor General’s Privy Council from Ministry of Finance and Planning re surcharge against an officer of the Ministry of Justice

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March 10, 2005

91 Information on how much taxpayers’ monies was invested in the new Sandals Resort in White House, Westmoreland

Transferred to National Investment Bank of Jamaica

Organization

March 18, 2005

92 All Cabinet submissions from PIOJ in relation to Projects for the period 1955 to present

Transferred Public

March 18, 2005

93 Policy document or statement that explained under what conditions a person may not pay a fee for the registration of their car in any year e.g. Car is off the road, no insurance paid etc.

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Organization

March 18, 2005

94 List of all the licence plate numbers of persons who have handed in their licence plates to get exemption from paying car registration taxes/fees for the last 2 years.

Access denied Public

March 18, 2005

95 Correspondence sent from the Minister of Finance and or the Finance Ministry to the Civil Aviation Authority re: Air Jamaica and or Air Jamaica Express in January and or March 2005

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Organization

April 14, 2005

96 Four latest audited financial accounts for Air Jamaica

Denied, Air Jm was not a public body

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April 20, 2005

97 Amount of money spent by the Ministers of Finance for overseas travel form 2000 -2004.

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April 21, 2005

98 2004-05 audited Financial report of Air Jamaica.

Access deferred – document not yet tabled in Parliament

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April 25, 2005

99 Information on salary paid to the Governor General

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April 25, 2005

100 Copy of any document containing details of the environmental levy that was imposed last year to address solid waste

Selected documents granted by the ATI Tribunal

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adviser to the Cabinet in terms of their executive decision making regarding the PSIP. All project proposals have to pass through the PIMS process to be funded through the national budget. Under the revised legislation, Projects cannot enter the PSIP without Cabinet approval.

Outputs of The PIMSEC Support to the PIMC: The main output of the deliberations of the PIMC are:

a. Viable Project Proposals for inclusion in the PSIPProjects that are ready for implementation after being appraised and assigned financing through Bi-lateral, Multi-lateral, Public Private Partnership or the Budget resources of Ministries, Departments and Agencies

3.0. Services Required: For concepts and proposals to be considered for financing approval, regardless of the modalities, concepts and proposals undergo a two-phased screening and appraisal process which is undertaken by PIMSEC on behalf of the PIMC. There is a first level review which is subject to scrutiny by a Technical Review Committee (TRC) chaired by the Director General of the PIOJ and submitted to PIMC for decision. The mandate of PIMSEC is to undertake the technical analysis of concepts and proposals and advise the reviewing bodies of their feasibility and sustainability among other selection criteria – social and economic cost benefit, environmental impact etc. PIMSEC has a small cohort of consultant Project Analysts that undertake the analysis of the concepts and proposals, providing the technical assessments and inputs to inform decisions leading to entry in the PSIP. i) The PIMSEC is currently in need of additional short-term support in respect of screening and analysis of project concepts and proposals which may be classified as simple or complex; ii) Areas where support is required include inter alia:

 Infrastructure works

 ICT

 Business Transformation/modernisation

 Social development (health & education)

 Agriculture

 Natural resource development & Environmental assessment The classification of a project as simple or complex will be determined by the head of PIMSEC and approved by the Technical Coordinator Component 1, SPSTP. The level of effort [man days] will be fixed accordingly in keeping with the conditions established by the SPSTP.

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GREEN PAPER – National Policy for Senior Citizens

enhance the self-reliance and functional independence of senior citizens and facilitate continued par-

ticipation in their family and society” (Nat’l Policy for Senior Citizens, 1997, p. 1).

The process of policy revision entailed the development of a Terms of Reference, and convening of a

Technical Review Panel to monitor each stage of the process. The Review Panel included the

Ministries of Education, Health and Labour and Social Security, PIOJ, as well as the University of the

West Indies (Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre), the National Council for Senior Citizens and HelpAge

International. A Conceptual Framework document was produced, incorporating a Literature Review,

desk research, conceptual underpinnings, and policy elements. The Concept Note derived from the

Framework was approved by Cabinet in February 2017, and the process of drafting the National Policy

for Senior Citizens was advanced with input from key consultations.

1.2 Rationale and Context for Revising National Policy for Senior Citizens

The first National Policy is now in its 20th year and since 1997 much has happened locally and globally

as it relates to population ageing. The passage of time, with its emerging dynamics of faster and varied

changes in the population structure and new global attention and direction in scholarship and policies,

necessitated a revision of the policy framework.

The 2011 Population and Housing Census for Jamaica confirms an estimated population of those

aged sixty years and above at some 323,500 persons, constituting 11.9 per cent of the total popu-

lation, compared with 10.1 per cent in the 2001 Census. In 2015, the cohort was 341,200 persons,

which is 12.6 per cent of the population (ESSJ 2015). This is the fastest growing segment of the pop-

ulation. While the percentage increase in the total population between 2001 and 2011 was 3.5 per

cent, the elderly grew by approximately 15.3 per cent over that period.

The number of the elderly has increased dramatically. The growth rate between periods 1970 and

1990 (1.5 per cent) and 1991 to 2011 (2 per cent) has not changed much, but the number of persons

in the 60+ age group as well as the percentage of households involved calls for urgent action. In 1997

the population was approximately 158,000, in 2013 this was almost doubled numbering 324,000.

Some 31.8 per cent of households today have at least one member who is 60 years or older. Of all

households, 69.1 per cent had a head who was 60 years or older. According to the Planning Institute

of Jamaica, the cohort is expected to grow to about 500,000 by 2030.

There is a change in the male:female ratio of the elderly, which if continued could reverse the trend of

“feminization” of the elderly population. Females still account for a higher percentage of the 60+ years

old population, but, according to STATIN, between 2001 and 2011 the male population grew by 18

per cent compared with 13 per cent for the female, and the male female ratio increased from 96.9:100

to 97.9:100 in 2011. Older males have unique needs and so policy makers must take this into

consideration as much as the needs of older females are considered.

Another change that is evident from data is the improved educational level of women which is linked

to socio-economic status. In 1997 the policy noted that “women generally have lower socio-economic

status than older men” (p. 5), however “A higher percentage of elderly females (47.1 per cent) were

retired with pension compared with males (38.6 per cent), (PIOJ, 201, p. 18) and women were more

likely to report being educated, especially at the university level.

The ageing population also presents economic opportunities; the increasing number of the elderly

offers an expanded customer base and new markets, as well as an enlargement of the pool of older

workers available for employment. Based on the projected increases in the older population in

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2. STRATEGIC PUBLIC SECTOR TRANSFORMATION PROJECT The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to strengthen public resource management and support selected public sector institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private sector growth.

COMPONENTS

Component I: Strengthening the Public Investment Management System Component II: Strengthening the Budget Preparation Process and Results-Based Budgeting (RBB) Component III: Adaptive Public Sector Approaches to Promote Fiscal Sustainability Component IV : Strengthening Property Tax Compliance and Administration. Component V: Fostering Industrial Growth and Trade Facilitation Component VI: Project Management

COMPONENT I The objective of this component is for the PSIP to incorporate public investment projects with estimated five-year operating and maintenance costs fully linked to long term development goals and medium-term priority areas. This component will support the GOJ reform efforts through the following activities: (i) migration of the current web-based database to a robust platform to manage all information about public investment across the project cycle and linked to the budgeting and financial systems of the country (expected to be integrated into IFMIS); (ii) design and implementation of a public investment management training program for public sector; (iii) reviewing legislation and carrying out dissemination activities to integrate the PIMS with the administrative systems (including procurement and human resources); (iv) strengthening monitoring through Citizens Participation; (v) Provide funding for pre-investment financial and economic analysis and post-investment evaluations of the Borrower’s public investments; and (vi) provision of technical assistance for the implementation of the Public Financial Management Action Plan.

3. EXECUTING AGENCY OF THE PROJECT

The executing agency for the project is the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP) and a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) is established within the MOFP to implement the project. The project will support activities across selected service delivery ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), particularly for components I, II and III with significant coordination efforts that will be contributed by the Public Expenditure Division in MOFP and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (PIMC) Under Section 48 B (2) D of the amendments a Public Investment Management Committee is to be appointed to:

a. Screen all investment proposals for feasibility and consistency with government’s strategies and objectives

b. Review all projects for technical, financial, economic and environmental feasibility

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 SALUTATIONS & EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE

Mr. Speaker, I begin by thanking Almighty God, from whom all blessings flow.

Great is thy faithfulness. Great is thy mercy and thy loving kindness.

It was exactly one year and two days ago that the people of St. Andrew Northwestern elected me to represent them as their Member of Parliament. I thank them for their support and again pledge to represent them faithfully in this House.

I thank my Councillors and the Executive of the North Western St Andrew constituency organisation, many of whom are here today, for their steadfast support, and I thank them for their work, energy and effort on behalf of the constituents of St Andrew North Western.

I thank my Parliamentary colleagues for assisting in the transition to public life, with words of advice and encouragement. I wish to recognise the staff of the House of Parliament who are always gracious and helpful in the performance of their duties.

I thank Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Holness">Andrew Holness, for his confidence and support in appointing me to the office of Minister of Finance and the Public Service. Throughout his career, Prime Minister Holness has shown sincerity of purpose, humility, leadership and courage which have earned him the trust of the Jamaican people and it is an honour to serve in his Cabinet.

Jamaica benefits from a first class team at the Ministry+of+Finance">Ministry of Finance, and I thank them for their dedication and commitment. I thank the Financial Secretary Darlene Morrison and her team at the Ministry as well as my advisory staff. I also thank the administrative and ancillary staff in my office who keep things going and the security staff assigned to me who always go beyond the call of duty.

I also would like to thank the Board, management and staff of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), institiutions that play a key role in the budgetary process.

Thanks to my predecessor, man-a-yaad, Honourable Audley Shaw for setting a good example. Thanks to Minister Fayval Willams for helping to make my transition smooth and for her support and congratulations on her historic appointment as Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology.

Most of all I would like to thank my family, who now share me with North West St Andrew and by extension Jamaica.

To my wife and children, thank you for your love and support. You help me maintain balance and perspective and without you I could not do what I do. I am indebted to my parents for imparting values I cherish. To my late father, Justice Neville Clarke, who would have loved to have been here today, I thank you for nurturing in me a passion and belief in the promise and potential of Jamaica and teaching me the

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