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JANUARY 26, 2015
OPENING REMARKS BY PROFESSOR TREVOR MUNROE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INTERGRITY ACTION AND VISITING HONORARY PROFESSOR AT S.A.L.I.S.E.S, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA.
May I extend a special welcome to each and every one of you here present, but particularly to the Hon Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting and to the author of our Manual, Dr Shazeeda Ali for being here with us this morning. Min Bunting has taken time off from reviewing Cabinet papers and shall have to leave early to attend the weekly Monday morning meeting. Dr Ali also has taken time off from Faculty of Law responsibilities to be with us at this opening session as well. We appreciate them both for recognizing the importance of this Training Seminar by their presence with us.
GUEST PRESENTATION AT THE W.D CARTER LECTURE AT NORTHERN CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY – “CORRUPTION AND ITS IMPACT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE CARIBBEAN”
JANUARY 21, 2015
PRESENTATION BY PROFESSOR TREVOR MUNROE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INTEGRITY ACTION; HONOURARY VISITING PROFESSOR, SIR ARTHUR LEWIS INSTITUTE (SALISES), UWI
Let me first thank you very much for the invitation to participate in the W.D. Carter Lecture Series. Despite some difficulty in arranging a mutually convenient time and despite my rather challenging schedule I never hesitated for one moment in accepting your invitation. One special reason is my personal experience of the high quality of this institution reflected in the character of the graduates with whom I have come into contact. Two such worked with me for some years as producers of my radio programme, Jamaica Speaks. In respect of these NCU graduates, I have to say without any reservation that these young ladies are among the brightest, most disciplined, reliable, and socially aware young people with whom I have had the privilege to associate - and this doesn’t apply only to yesterday but over many decades; and not only in Jamaica but across the Caribbean and wider afield. Allow me therefore to take this opportunity to congratulate Northern Caribbean University for producing graduates of such high quality and may I hope and expect that many of you sitting here this afternoon shall attain similar levels of excellence and achieve equivalent outstanding levels of performance
The Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA) says it has made a significant dent in a criminal network involved in the production of fraudulent motor vehicle insurance documents.
It says it is to question two people, one of who is believed to be the mastermind behind the fraudulent scheme, which has reportedly netted millions of dollars.
There is a horrendous, destructive monster of a dragon on the loose in Jamaica. It started out life as a miniscule egg, incubated deep under layers of public and private bureaucratic red tape, inefficiencies, excesses and administrative shortfalls.
The little egg hatched into an innocuous little entity that quietly wormed and slithered its way through the various management systems and made itself versatile with every aspect of procedures and practices.
A ghetto was once a place in European towns where Jews were required to live (to confine themselves to), but the word has been adapted to describe badly run-down, densely populated and usually crime-infested communities/areas.
Most countries have their ghettos. In North America, such areas are occupied by racial minority groups. In Jamaica, our ghettos are mainly occupied by poor people, many of whom are uneducated or undereducated and therefore unemployed or under-employed and dependent on politicians, society or others outside the community. Those communities lack proper social amenities and are usually high-crime areas that require intense and proactive policing.
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
The corruption watchdog agency, National Integrity Action (NIA), is defending its support of the proposed campaign financing legislation that will allow political parties to continue accepting money from donors without making public disclosure of the contributions even while accepting state funding.
With some critics arguing that the fight against corruption demands that political parties make public the donors, the proposed legislation which should be before Parliament early next year provides that contributions above $250,000 should be reported to a subcommittee of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).
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