‘We’re Not Giving Up On NIDS’ – PM


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his administration isn’t giving up on its bid to establish a National Identification System, NIDS.  

In April this year, the Constitutional Court declared the National Identification and Registration Act, NIRA, null and void and of no legal effect.

NIRA proposes the establishment of the NIDS. 

But, Prime Minister Holness says the government is working to improve the proposed law. 

He says the government is working to compile and digitize data on a national scale.

The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Companies Office of Jamaica’s Electronic Business Registration Form at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston yesterday. 

Among other things, the system allows entrepreneurs to register their businesses online.

Mr. Holness says the government is also close to establishing an international business center in Jamaica. 

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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