The Senate last week approved a bill which makes amendments to the Act which allows Jamaica to be party to an international convention.

The convention paves the way for legislation to not be required for public documents from a host of countries to be accepted in Jamaica for official use.

The convention also facilitates public documents in Jamaica being used abroad.

The bill is entitled the Authentication of (Foreign Public Documents) Act, 2020.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, piloted the bill in the Senate which seeks to consolidate Jamaica’s participation in what’s referred to globally as the Apostile convention.

Minister Johnson Smith described the bill as important to the general ease of doing business and also to stakeholders in the legal fraternity.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister.