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OCG pleased with government’s planned corruption legislation

The Office of the Contractor General has expressed delight at a commitment given by the government Thursday to pass legislation during the current legislative year to rationalize Jamaica’s institutional arrangements for fighting corruption.

The OCG said it is pleased with the move to consolidate such arrangements under a single anti-corruption agency having strong powers.  The commitment was given during yesterday’s Throne Speech in Parliament.

In a statement issued Friday, Greg Christie said that although the details of what the Agency will look like are yet to be disclosed, it believes that the Portia Simpson-Miller Administration must be commended for the bold and decisive step that it has taken to come to grips with Jamaica’s pervasive corruption problem.

The OCG noted Jamaica has been consistently ranked by Transparency International (TI), as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

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