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3. Roles and Function of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

It was only two weeks or so ago, at the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force

conference, at the Montego Bay Conference Center, that the Attorney General of

Trinidad & Tobago congratulated us on winning the election and on getting through the

budget process with high marks. He then offered empathy for the enormous task we have

ahead of us and observed that Jamaica has half the budget of Trinidad & Tobago, yet

more than 2 times the number of people.

The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Mr. Speaker, is at the heart of Jamaica’s

economic and fiscal policy development, playing an important role to ensure mobilization

of public resources for the whole Government.

We are further charged to oversee how these resources are accounted for as they aim to

benefit all Jamaicans. But, it is not just about the budget and holding the line on

expenditure. It is also about how to proactively help other ministries effectively provide

the roads, the education, the health services, the security and other social services for the

Jamaican people. It is about how to accelerate the reforms to widen and deepen our

capital markets and how to help the private sector and our public enterprises efficiently

provide those products and services to achieve the fastest rate of economic growth and

job creation.

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Salary Scales are shown in the currency of the respective Host Countries

Jamaican High Commission, Trinidad


Clerk Grade 1

With effect from 1/4/2008 47,944.65 49,143.27 50,371.85 51,631.14 52,921.92 54,244.97 55,601.10 56,991.12 58,415.90 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 51,300.78 52,583.29 53,897.88 55,245.32 56,626.46 58,042.12 59,493.17 60,980.50 62,505.01 p.a.


With effect from 1/4/2008 47,783.65 48,978.24 50,202.70 51,457.76 52,744.21 54,062.81 55,414.38 56,799.74 58,219.74 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 51,128.51 52,406.72 53,716.89 55,059.81 56,436.30 57,847.21 59,293.39 60,775.73 62,295.12 p.a.


With effect from 1/4/2008 43,507.95 44,595.65 45,710.54 46,853.30 48,024.64 49,225.25 50,455.88 51,717.28 53,010.21 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 46,553.51 47,717.34 48,910.28 50,133.03 51,386.36 52,671.02 53,987.80 55,337.49 56,720.93 p.a.

Office Attendant

With effect from 1/4/2008 28,007.10 28,707.28 29,424.96 30,160.58 30,914.60 31,687.46 32,479.65 33,291.64 34,123.93 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 29,967.60 30,716.79 31,484.71 32,271.82 33,078.62 33,905.59 34,753.23 35,622.06 36,512.61 p.a.

Jamaican Embassy, Beijing


Clerk Interpreter

(Est. Clerk - Consular/Accounts)

With effect from 1/4/2008 100,668.53 103,185.24 105,764.87 108,408.99 111,119.22 113,897.20 116,744.63 119,663.24 122,654.82 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 107,715.32 110,408.20 113,168.41 115,997.62 118,897.56 121,870.00 124,916.75 128,039.67 131,240.66 p.a.

Receptionist/Bilingual Secretary

With effect from 1/4/2008 77,638.99 79,579.96 81,569.46 83,608.70 85,698.91 87,841.39 90,037.42 92,288.36 94,595.57 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 83,073.72 85,150.56 87,279.32 89,461.31 91,697.84 93,990.28 96,340.04 98,748.54 101,217.26 p.a.


With effect from 1/4/2008 69,838.79 71,584.76 73,374.38 75,208.74 77,088.96 79,016.18 80,991.58 83,016.37 85,091.78 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 74,727.50 76,595.69 78,510.58 80,473.35 82,485.18 84,547.31 86,661.00 88,827.52 91,048.21 p.a.


With effect from 1/4/2008 68,201.31 69,906.35 71,654.00 73,445.35 75,281.49 77,163.53 79,092.61 81,069.93 83,096.68 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 72,975.40 74,799.79 76,669.78 78,586.53 80,551.19 82,564.97 84,629.10 86,744.82 88,913.44 p.a.


With effect from 1/4/2008 65,184.48 66,814.10 68,484.45 70,196.56 71,951.47 73,750.26 75,594.02 77,483.87 79,420.96 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 69,747.40 71,491.08 73,278.36 75,110.32 76,988.08 78,912.78 80,885.60 82,907.74 84,980.43 p.a.

Office Attendant

With effect from 1/4/2008 38,759.00 39,727.97 40,721.17 41,739.20 42,782.68 43,852.25 44,948.55 46,072.27 47,224.07 p.a.

With effect from 1/4/2009 41,472.13 42,508.93 43,571.65 44,660.94 45,777.47 46,921.90 48,094.95 49,297.32 50,529.76 p.a.




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SCHEDULE (Sections 2 and 4)

Agreement establishing the Council+of+Legal+Education">Council of Legal Education THE CONTRACTING PARTIES :

SHARING a common determination to establish without delay a scheme for legal education and training that is suited to the needs of the Caribbean :

AWARE that the objectives of such a scheme of education and training should be to provide teaching in legal skills and techniques as well as to pay due regard to the impact of law as an instrument of orderly social and economic change;

CONVINCED that such a scheme of education and training can best be achieved by : -

Firstly, a University course of academic training in a Faculty of Law designed to give not only a background of general legal principles and techniques but an appreciaticn of relevant social science sub- jects including Caribbean history and contemporary Caribbean affairs; Secondly. a period of further institutional training directed towards the study of legal subjects, having a practical content and emphasis, and the acquisition of the skills and techniques required for the prac- tice of law; RECOGNISING the need to vest responsibility for providing the

institutional training in a Council+of+Legal+Education">Regional Council+of+Legal+Education">Council of Legal Education which should be established in advance of students being admitted to the Faculty of Law so as to give assurance that the whole scheme for legal education will be implemented in its entirety;



There shall be a Council+of+Legal+Education">Council of Legal Education (hereinafter called “the Council”) with the following membership, status, functions and powers :

1. Membership (U) The Council shall consist of:

The Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies and another member of the faculty nominated by him; The Principals of the Law Schools; The Head of the Judiciary of each participating ter- 153/1985 ritory ; The Attorney-General of each participating territory; From each of the four participating territories in which there are now two branches of the legal profession, namely Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, a Barrister and a Solicitor nominated by their appropriate professional bodies, or in the event of the


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LN. 153,’1985

two branches of the profession at any time becoming fused in any such territory two members of the fused profession nominated by their appropriate professional body ;

(vi) From each of the other participating territories one member of the profession nominated by the appropriate professional body.

(6) Each member of the Council appointed under paragraphs (v) and (vi) of Clause (a) above shall hold office for three years from the date of his appointment and shall be eligible for re- appointment. The effective date of appointment of members under the said paragraphs (v) and (vi) shall be the date on which the Council is notified of the appointment.

(c) Each member of the Council may be represented by an alter- nate to be appointed, in the case of (i) above by the Dean, in the case of (ii), (iii) and (iv) by the member himself and in the case of (v) and (vi) by the body represented by the member.

(d) A casual vacancy, however, occuring in the case of a member appointed under (v) and (vi) may be filled by the body appoint- ing such member and the person appointed to fill such casual vacancy shall hold office for the remainder of the period of the appointment of the member whose place he fills.

(e) Any committee of the Council shall have the power to co- opt such person or persons as it thinks fit.

The Council shall possess full juridical personality and, in 2. Legal Status

particular, full capacity- (a) to contract; (b) to acquire, and dispose of movable and immovable property;

and (c) to institute and defend legal proceedings.

The functions and the powers of the Council shall be as follows : - (a) to undertake and discharge general responsibility for the prac-

tical professional training of persons seeking to become mem- bers of the legal profession;

(b) to establish, equip and maintain Law Schools, one in Jamaica, one in Trinidad and Tobago and in such other territories as the Council may from time to time determine, for the purpose of providing post-graduate professional legal training;

(c) to appoint a Principal of each Law School and all necessary st&;

(d) to make proper provision for courses of study and practical instruction, for the award of scholarships, studentships.

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3. Functions and Powers

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appointed a team to investigate and by Monday they acknowledged the error in a letter to me, which read in part: “ We received your letter from March 12, 2021. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the original version of our report. Thank you for the updated information that your team sent us on March 15, 2021 regarding your government’s fiscal stimulus spending in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The numbers reveal a doubling of efforts relative to the measures we reported last fall in the IDB’s Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin. We regret the incomplete and inaccurate accounting of Jamaica’s programs in the Bulletin. Two specific examples are, the lack of reporting for spending directed at the health response (J$8 billion) and, the full dimension of the Compassionate Grant Program (J$4 billion versus J$150 million). These augmented programs certainly are helping to alleviate the impact of the health crisis, and economic recession on Jamaican households and businesses.” Madam Speaker, the table in the report from which the Opposition Spokesman quoted was erroneous not by 10% or 20% but by 100%!!!!4 I say, in humility, recognizing that we are fallible, that bad data and wrong data leads to false narratives and bad policy. The Opposition Spokesman compared fiscal responses for Barbados, Bahamas, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica and put Jamaica at the bottom based on this IDB report. Madam Speaker, adjusting the IDB report with the correct figure for Jamaica, contrary to what the Opposition Spokesman reported, Jamaica’s fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic was ahead of Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago, both significantly wealthier countries. The wealthier a country the more ability you have for a response to the crisis. What is more, Madam Speaker, is that these countries have much lower debt than Jamaica. Debt is a fixed cost. It is not discretionary. The less debt a country has, the more flexibility it has to respond to the crisis. As for Suriname, another country which entered the crisis with lower debt than Jamaica, that the Opposition Spokesman reported spent more than Jamaica, here is what the same report that had to say about Suriname5: Inflation increased from 4.2 percent in December 2019 to 40 percent at the end of August 2020….. ……Suriname was downgraded to a negative outlook by Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard+and+Poor">Standard and Poor’s . Suriname’s sovereign credit rating was downgraded to selective default by Standard+and+Poor">Standard and Poor’s, restricted default by Fitch, and Caa3 by Moody’s in July 2020, but those ratings were subsequently raised by Standard and 4 The Opposition Spokesman did not use all the information in the table 5 Pages 64-66, Page 62, The Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin, Volume 9, Issue 3, November 2020

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