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Hon. Andrew Holness  Prime Minister of Jamaica • Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party • Member Of Parliament for West Central St.Andrew

Today is a memorable occasion as we gather to celebrate the Jamaican Diaspora and 55 years of Independence.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Senior officers of the security forces are upbeat about the outcome of training now underway for members of the Joint Task Force who will be engaged in the Government's Special Zones of Operations (ZoSo) crime fighting initiative.
Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Legal Officer, Captain Michael Deans, and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Errol Thompson, who is attached to the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) have given the engagement, in which they are involved as trainers/facilitators, the “thumbs-up” based on the participants' feedback in relation to facilitating the creation of safe environments that will enable social interventions.
The five-day exercise, which commenced on July 18 at the JDF Directorate of Training and Doctrine at Up Park Camp, Kingston, is targeting human rights and social development training for JDF and JCF members.
This is in keeping with the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017, which gives the security forces certain essential powers required to address serious crimes, while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms.

Busta Rhymes @conglomerateent ‪along with Dr Horace Chang and Mobay Mayor Homer Davis touched base last night at @reggaesumfest

‪Today is the birthday of his Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie 1, born 23 July 1892. We celebrate with our Rastafari brethren.‬ His imperial majesty, Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, King of Kings, Conquering Lion of Judah, arrived in Jamaica on April 21, 1966 to a welcome of superlatives.

And he wept.

He cried as he stood on the steps of an aircraft of Ethiopian Airliner which had brought him from Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica and surveyed the vast and uncontrollable crowd which had gathered at the Palisadoes Airport to greet him. -Jamaica Gleaner

‪Three Month Hope Youth Summer Work Programme on Track. ‬

Thanks to the OPM and Cabinet staff for a wonderful surprise. It's our Birthday and like our marriage we share the blessing of good friends and colleagues together.

We are a step closer to Gold Cup glory. ‪Congrats to the #reggaeboyz on a superb display in beating Canada to reach the Semifinals.

The National Security Council (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness met today (July 20) at the Office of the Prime Minister
The NSC received and deliberated, extensively, on presentations by the Chief of Defence Staff Major General Rocky Meade and Commissioner of Police George Quallo on the preparations for the implementation of the Zones of Special Operations.
The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations)(Special Community Development Measures) Act has been gazetted and is now law having been passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed by the Governor General.
Coming out of today’s meeting, Prime Minister Holness is to convene a meeting with all Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Agencies to ensure that the necessary structures and support are in place for the social intervention and development measures which are key components of the Zones of Special Operations.
Cabinet on Monday approved for consideration of the Minister of Finance an increased allocation to the Ministry of National Security in the amount of $2.574 Billion. This is an increase over what was already tabled in the budget to facilitate the Zones and other crime response measures.

The nurses of Jamaica provide a critical service in our healthcare structure. This year the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) celebrates 70 years of service to the nation.

I am cognisant of the challenges experienced by our nurses across the country. The shortage of supplies, the security concerns and transportation issues.
Minister Tufton and I sat with NAJ President Janet Coore-Farr along with members of the Executive and student nurses to mark Nurses Week and have a well needed conversation. They expressed their concerns and we listened. I assured the nurses thay as a government we are working to improve conditions in our health system.

A major contributor to the issues experienced by the nurses is the level of crime and violence. Our healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses are working tirelessly to attend to victims of these incidents of crime. To alleviate their burden, my administration is decisively addressing our safety and security issues.
In the meantime, I have committed to donating 10 laptops to the NAJ to assist in carrying out their duties.

I am pleased to announce that Cabinet on Monday approved an additional allocation of $2.574Billion to the Ministry of National Security to support the implementation of the Zones of Special Operations.

The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operation) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act has been gazetted and is now law after it was passed by both Houses of Parliament and signed by the Governor General.

The funding approved by Cabinet will be used to procure CCTV systems, body cameras, vehicles and other strategic crime fighting equipment.

This Government is committed to adopting or creating ways to improve our service to the citizens of Jamaica.

Yesterday I met with Devon Rowe, Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD). CARICAD is in the process of developing a series of courses which aimed at improving the ability of Government officials not only in Jamaica but across the region to perform to the standards set by the people.
I will always support any level of improvement that my administration can make in fulfilling our duty to the people of Jamaica.

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