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Cabinet retreat begins today

Thursday, October 18, 2012    

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THE Cabinet is expected to commence a three-day retreat today, which is likely to focus on the current negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the transformation of the public sector.

Government sources have been tight-lipped about the event and its objectives. Efforts to contact Government personnel to elaborate on the retreat failed yesterday. The weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House was also postponed.

Meanwhile, Parliament has postponed all further meetings for the rest of the week, including the Senate on Friday, to accommodate the meeting.

Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Douglas Saunders told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee last week that he and his team would not be able to attend another meeting of the committee this week, because of their involvement with the retreat, suggesting intensive discussions on the public sector transformation and modernisation processes.

This would be the third retreat for the current Cabinet since the People’s National Party took power last December. The first was in February the second happened in April prior to the finalisation of the 2012/2013 budget.

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