Jamaica begins plans for anti-corruption agency

| 22/03/2012

Greg-Christie-2_w370.jpg(Gleaner): The single national anti-corruption agency proposed by Contractor General Greg Christie, to fight corruption in Jamaica, is now being given serious consideration by the Portia Simpson Miller administration. Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding said consultation is now taking place between local stakeholders and Jamaica's bilateral partners to arrive at the most effective approach to tackling corruption in the country. Golding did not disclose the name of the country that was holding talks with stakeholders on efforts to intensify the drive against corruption. "I don't want this to linger so I am hoping it can be done very quickly," he told The Gleaner yesterday.

The justice minister revealed that he has set a two-month deadline for the consultation process after which a decision is to be made.

Golding divulged that a document was being prepared by an "outside expert" on behalf of the National Integrity Action Limited to examine the "whole question as to what would be the optimal approach to take, whether to have the single agency or some other construct".
He said the single anti-corruption agency proposed by Christie had some attractions to it with all the resources of at least three oversight bodies residing in one entity.

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