Ministry of Local Government & Community Development

Ministry of Local Government
& Community Development

Government of Jamaica

Local Government Reform - Achievments

LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSFORMATION -Progress Report March 2013

Published: Friday | March 01, 2013
STATUS UPDATE MARCH 2013
 
This is a progress report on the four (4) major elements of the local government reform process; promulgation of three (3) strategic laws, entrenchment of the Local Government system in the Constitution, promulgation of the new National Building Bill, and the Local Economic Development (LED) programme.
 
1.      STRATEGIC LAWS
The Cabinet Submission was completed and sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Justice for comments. The Ministry of Local Government & Community Development (MLGCD) is currently awaiting comments from the Attorney General’s Chambers.
 
The purpose of the Cabinet Submission is to seek Cabinet’s approval for:
                   I.            The policy objectives that have been developed to guide the drafting of the following Bills:
·         Local Governance Act
·         Local Government Financing and Financial Management Act
·         Local Government (Unified Services and Employment)Act
                II.            The issuing of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC)
 
2.      entrenched of Local Government in the Constitution
The MLGCD made a proposal for the entrenchment of Local Government in the Jamaican constitution it is now with the Ministry of Justice. 
In May 2012 the Hon. Minister of Justice advised that drafting instructions were issued to CPC. In December 2012, the Ministry of Justice stated that they are in receipt of advice from the Attorney General’s Chambers. MLGCD has very recently, received advice from the Attorney General’s Chambers and the draft Bill is now ready. 
 
3.      National Building Bill
The National Building Act was tabled in parliament in 2011. With the change in Administration, a new Submission was made to the Legislation Committee over the signature of the new Minister. In keeping with the Hon. Minister request limited stakeholder (three consultations were held on Monday, August 20, 2012, Friday, August 24, 2012 and Friday, September 7, 2012.). Further drafting instructions were issued to CPC on September 21, 2012. The Ministry of Local Government is awaiting a revised Bill from the CPC. Meanwhile a technical team is now preparing instructions to CPC for the regulations. (To incorporate the Kingston and St. Andrew Building Act and Parish Councils Building Act)
 
The purpose of this Bill is to improve the efficiency of the building approval process and provide a framework for the effective management of the building industry.
 
4.      Local Economic Development Programme (LED)
This initiative will facilitate the creation of Local Economic Development (LED) plans for six pilot parishes under the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED). CARILED is a six year project that is to benefit six Caribbean countries and is funded by CIDA to the tune of CAN $23.2m. The purpose of CARILED is to stimulate sustainable local economic development (LED) through the strengthening of competencies and capacities in local governments or local agencies of central government.
To date:
·         Six pilot parishes have been selected: Kingston & St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth and Westmoreland. 
·         The Ministry advertised for, and have selected, a National Country Coordinator
·         Advertisements are now out for suitable applicants to be employed as Local Economic Development Officers to work in the Local Authority of each of the six pilot parishes.
 
See information under the About, Achievementsand Ministry Papers/Policy Documents headings in the Local Government Reform section of this website for details: