Holness to Review Permit Approval System


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he’ll be moving to order a review of the business process involved in the approval of permits at the local government level.

The Prime Minister says the proposed assessment would be designed to eliminate a number of stages which currently exist in the permit approvals’ process.

He says World Bank statistics show that Jamaica is ranked nearly 100 out of 190 economies globally in the area of efficiency in approving construction permits.

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The Prime Minister says there’s an urgent need to expedite the process by which applications for permits are reviewed.

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Prime Minister Holness also urged local government stakeholders to ensure that personnel are trained in using the Application Management and Data Analysis, AMANDA software.

The software was implemented at the local government level a few years ago with the intention of having development applications addressed in a more efficient manner.

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Prime Minister Holness was speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Local Governance Conference Jamaica 2018 held at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, St James.


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.