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No trade off between speed and process – Holness

Friday, August 10, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed that there must be a speedier process of bureaucracy in Jamaica in keeping with Government policies and procedures.

Speaking at the official opening of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Head office in Jamaica yesterday, Holness said while the country grapples with the notion that the process of service must take time in order to be done properly, he argued that it must not be slow.

“Bureaucracy doesn't mean slow, it doesn't mean dense, it doesn't mean pedantic. It means that you have to follow the process but also be quick about it, and it is also in following [the] process sometimes, that you can actually be quick because once you start to look at your processes and start to reengineer your processes for quick delivery for results that is when you're going to see more buildings like this [IDB Head office] come in Kingston,” said Holness in a release from the Office of the Prime Minister today.

Using the example of the professionalism and dedication of Jamaican and world record holder Usain Bolt as an example of speed while following the processes in his field to achievement, the prime minister said he took note of Jamaica's ranking in the sub area of the ease of granting building construction and electrical permits in the Doing Business Report.

“We are not pleased that we are 98 in the business of permitting for construction. We're not pleased that we are 68 in the delivery of electricity to new applicants. We are absolutely not pleased that we are 130 in the ease of cross border trading. We are not pleased but we are very happy that we are number 5 for the ease of starting new business,” underscored Holness.

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