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Jamaican Executive Agencies

Jamaican Executive Agencies Within The Government

Jamaican Executive Agency is a semi-autonomous Jamaican government agency. It remains a part of Jamaican government but will have more responsibility for its own management and performance. The primary aim is to reduce central control and delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officers in the various Jamaican government institutions. Another aim is to substantially improve the quality and quantity of services provided by Jamaican government agencies. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is given full autonomy over the management of their respective Jamaican government agencies’ financial and human resource. The CEO will be held responsible for performance targets, developed and agreed on with the responsible Jamaican Permanent Secretary.

The emphasis on results is reflected in the FRAMEWORK DOCUMENT for each Jamaican Executive Agency. This details the agreement between the management of the Jamaican Agency and the superior authority on goals, objectives, accountability, performance indicators and measurements, reward and sanctions.

The Jamaican Cabinet approved the principles which governed the drafting of legislation to create Jamaican Executive Agencies. It also approved using administrative procedures within the context of the Jamaican Constitution on specific laws to create the Jamaican executive agencies. These are the Jamaican Registrar Generals Department, the Jamaican Administrators Department, the Jamaican Administrator General’s Department, the Jamaican   Management Institute for National Development, the Jamaican Registrar of Companies, the Jamaican Information Service, the Jamaican National Land Agency and the Jamaican National Environment and Planning Agency.

The Jamaican Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is the only repository in Jamaica for birth, still birth, marriage and death records. In 1996 it was relocated to Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, Jamaica  after being housed in the Rodney Memorial building in Spanish Town since the 18th century. It was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 1999.

The Jamaican Management Institute for National Development (MIND) was formed in 1994 by an amalgamation of five Jamaican public sector training organizations. It has been accredited a tertiary level institution by the University Council of Jamaica. Although Jamaica MIND is the main Public Sector training entity in Jamaica, it also provides training and consultancy service to the Jamaican Private Sector. It was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 1999.
 
The Jamaican Registrar of Companies (formerly the Companies Office of
Jamaica) was established over 25 years ago as a Department of Jamaican government to serve the business community. The Jamaican Registrar administers, among other things, the Registration of the Jamaican Companies Act, therefore having the responsibility for the registration, monitoring and regulation of Jamaican companies. It was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 1999.

The Jamaican Administrator General’s Department was established by the Jamaican Administrator General’s Act in 1873 and requires the Administrator General, among other things, to “take charge of the Jamaican properties of persons who have died intestate leaving minors as beneficiaries or who died leaving a will but did not name an executor or the named executor had died or refuses to act”. Its chief function is the administration of intestate Jamaican estates involving minors. It was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 1999.
 
The Jamaican Information Service (JIS) is the information agency of the Jamaican government that gathers and disseminates Jamaican government policy and programs, locally and overseas. It utilizes the full range of media skills and talents – Jamaican print, Jamaican radio, Jamaican television, graphic arts, video projection and public relations to achieve its goals. The JIS was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 2001.

The Jamaican National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is the Jamaican government agency responsible for Jamaican environment management, Jamaican land use planning, Jamaican natural resources conservation and development control services. It was formed in keeping with the recommendations of the National Land Policy tabled in 1996 and is a merger of the Jamaican Town Planning Department, Jamaican Natural Resources Conservation Authority, and the Jamaican Land Development and Utilization Commission. NEPA was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 2001.

 The Jamaican National Land Agency (NLA), another recommendation of the Jamaican National Land Policy, brings together under one roof, the Jamaican Office of Titles, Jamaican Survey Department and the Jamaican Land Valuation Department. The merger will allow the NLA to construct, operate, maintain and deliver the spatially referenced Jamaican land related information and systems essential to all public sector users engaged in land management activities throughout Jamaica. It was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 2001.

 The Jamaican National Works Agency (NWA) assumed the responsibilities of the now defunct Jamaican Public Works Department. Its vision is to “create a world class, safe, quality main Jamaican road network meeting the needs of our clients in the Jamaican towns, Jamaican communities and districts where the vacation work and live. It was accorded Jamaican Executive Agency status on April 1, 2001.

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