Govt Fast-Tracking Establishment of New Customer Protection Agency

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Finance Minister, Audley Shaw says the Government is fast-tracking the creation of a new consumer protection agency.

The agency intends to – among other things – provide supervision of bank fees.

Minister Shaw says recently implemented code of conduct is also giving superintendence to the issue.

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On Tuesday, the Government outvoted the Opposition in the House of Representatives and rejected a banking services bill which was piloted by Opposition MP, Fitz Jackson.

Minister Shaw is rejecting suggestions by the Opposition that the Government has taken the side of the banks at the expense of consumers.

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Minister Shaw says the Government would have been irresponsible had it voted in favour of Mr. Jackson’s bill.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.