Jamaican Panel Recommends Ways to Improve Access Law

17 June 2011

The Jamaican Parliament has recently passed the report of the committee that reviewed the Access to Information Act, reports Carolyn Gomes, chairperson of the ATI Advisory Stakeholders Committee.

“This report recommends significant strengthening of the provisions of our Act, including the creation of a statutory body, the Access to Information Unit, which is to be given significant power to monitor the performance of government agencies in complying with the provisions of the Act,” according to Gomes.

“We of the Access to Information Advisory Stakeholders Committee are working on developing a submission with drafting suggestions for how we think the Act should be rewritten to provide for this body to be created and function most effectively,” she said.

The Parliamentary Committee submitted a report and an appendix with recommendations.

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