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JLP to develop OCG policy
2012-09-25 17:32:24 | (0 Comments)
The Parliamentary Opposition says it will develop a policy that balances the speedy handling of proposals for investments with the need for transparency in government contracting.
This announcement follows a meeting of the group yesterday with the Contractor General, Greg Christie.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says it hopes that when the policy is completed it will guide the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) in ensuring that taxpayers receive value for money at all times.
Earlier this month, Chrisite had written to the Opposition Leader and the Prime Minister asking them to clearly state their position on his office’s monitoring and investigation of government contracts and divestments.
Today the Jamaica Labour Party through its spokesman on Information, Arthur Williams said it rejects any assertion that eliminating corruption must be sacrificed in pursuit of the country's investment interests.
Williams says development and anti-corruption should not be seen as antagonistic.
He believes legislative review would be instrumental in correcting any deficiencies in the legislation, while creating an environment that deters corruption and facilitates investments.
Christie has suggested the Contractor General Act be amended, to clearly and unequivocally reflect the parliament’s position on the issue.
Just this morning he raised the issue again, complaining that the OCG is a toothless bulldog.
He says political will is required to effect the changes his office needs to carry out its mandate.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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