St. James Municipal Corporation Rewards Students for Academic Excellence

first_imgStory Highlights The St. James Municipal Corporation has recognised five students from the parish for excellence in academics and sports.During the Corporation’s regular monthly meeting held in Montego Bay on March 14, the students, who are beneficiaries of the Poor Relief Department, were presented with gift baskets and showered with accolades.They are Montego Bay High School students Abena Purrier and Toni-Ann Cowan, for outstanding performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination; Herbert Morrison Technical High School student, Sheree Blake, for performance in CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE); Green Pond High School student, Chadaine Blagrove, for football and athletics; and Enreika Blagrove, who is attending the University of the West Indies (UWI).Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, charged the students to continue to strive for excellence.“There is a saying that we can grow anywhere we are planted and when we see our young people, who are from difficult circumstances but are able to achieve excellence, we have to take time out to recognise them. What this tells us is that your circumstance must not determine your achievements,” he said.He noted that the Corporation is committed to rewarding the excellence of students at all levels in the parish.“This is why we called you here today to say to you, thank you for doing your best, and we encourage you to continue doing your best because as young people, we are depending on you to be the men and women and leaders of tomorrow,” said the Mayor.The Poor Relief Department provides assistance to persons who are unable to work or earn their means of subsistence due to their mental or physical condition.Temporary relief is also afforded to people who are made destitute as a result of fire, flood, hurricane or drought via the disaster relief department.Many other services are also offered to persons on a temporary basis. They are Montego Bay High School students Abena Purrier and Toni-Ann Cowan, for outstanding performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination; Herbert Morrison Technical High School student, Sheree Blake, for performance in CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE); Green Pond High School student, Chadaine Blagrove, for football and athletics; and Enreika Blagrove, who is attending the University of the West Indies (UWI). The St. James Municipal Corporation has recognised five students from the parish for excellence in academics and sports. During the Corporation’s regular monthly meeting held in Montego Bay on March 14, the students, who are beneficiaries of the Poor Relief Department, were presented with gift baskets and showered with accolades.last_img read more

Businesses Utilising COJ Electronic Registration

first_img A total of 130 entities have utilised the Companies Office of Jamaica’s (COJ) Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) since the online facility was piloted on April 4. Story Highlights A total of 130 entities have utilised the Companies Office of Jamaica’s (COJ) Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) since the online facility was piloted on April 4.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COJ, Judith Ramlogan, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 20).She explained that eBRF allows for expedited business-name reservation and registration.She said it is designed to improve the agency’s service efficiency, making the business-registration process easier and less time-consuming for clients.“The eBRF will also cost the customer less. Those using the online registration with COJ will save approximately $3,250,” she informed.Mrs. Ramlogan said that eBRF represents the first online business-registration system in the Caribbean. The project is being undertaken at a cost of approximately $35 million through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded Public Sector Efficiency Programme (PSEP).It is a two-phased implementation, with the first phase facilitating business-name reservation and registration for the sole proprietor and partnership (individual).The second phase, expected to start in December, will involve corporate sole proprietor and partnerships as well as company incorporation (limited by shares and limited by guarantee).Mrs. Ramlogan explained that with registration of business names accounting for 77 per cent of the registration transaction, the agency decided to focus on this area first.She noted that COJ registered more than 9,000 business names last year, and the eBRF will encourage a larger number of registrations.Mrs. Ramlogan said the online form is simple, with help wizard software, and includes online payment using COJ eBank subscription.It allows for uploading of documents for processing, secret phrase verification, confirmation of registration by email data protection, and the ability to track documents.The online business-name reservation is free for up to two days, and there is a cost of $500 to have the name reserved for 30 days.For his part, Principal Director for the Modernisation Programme Implementation Unit of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said that the eBRF is grounded in the national development plan, Vision 2030.“This Vision 2030 speaks to building the capacities of public institutions to enable them to deliver high-quality services, and the COJ is one such agency that the Cabinet Office has partnered with to achieve this,” he said.“We are making it easier for the public to do business with the government offices, including the COJ. We want to stop the conversation about improving service and start seeing tangible things in place, and the eBRF is evidence of efforts being made to improve services,” he added.Mr. Robertson pointed out that in addition to boosting service delivery, eBRF will improve trade and investment facilitation.He noted that Jamaica has made significant strides in terms of ease of starting a business, with the country ranked five out of 190 countries for that index in the latest World Bank Doing Business report.“We have surpassed Singapore, which is ranked six. We, however, would love to get to the realm of a New Zealand, who is ranked number one or Canada, which is number two. So this eBRF project will put us in that direction,” he said. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COJ, Judith Ramlogan, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 20). She said it is designed to improve the agency’s service efficiency, making the business-registration process easier and less time-consuming for clients.last_img read more