Senate Approves Amendment to POCA

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The Senate has passed a resolution to amend regulations governing the Proceeds of Crime Act, POCA. 

This is expected to help financial institutions be more vigilant against money laundering.

Foreign Affairs Minister and Government Senate Leader, Kamina Johnson Smith piloted the amendments.

Minister Johnson Smith says the changes will also improve the ease of doing business.

The resolution, entitled the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering Prevention) (Amendment) Regulations, Resolution, 2019, will be debated.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business, addressing the Senate on Friday.


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.


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