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Christie demits office today

Friday, November 30, 2012    

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CONTRACTOR General Greg Christie will today walk away from the post he has held for the last seven years.

Christie, in March of this year, announced that he would demit office by this month, after which he formally confirmed his words in a letter to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, resisting an invitation to renew his contract for another five years. He was appointed Jamaica's fourth contractor general on December 1, 2005.

The contractor general, who has issued close to 300 releases and 25 letters to the media and more than 40 Special Investigation Reports that have been duly tabled in Parliament with others yet to be submitted, presented his final annual report to Parliament in October this year.

Prior to his appointment, Christie worked for 13 years as a senior executive with one of the world's then leading integrated aluminium companies, Kaiser Aluminium and Chemical Corporation, and was responsible for successfully administering a broad range of country and/or business unit portfolios, inclusive of corporate, legal, government, regulatory, fiscal and commercial affairs. His last position with Kaiser was as its Florida-based Assistant General Counsel and Global Commodities Business Unit Vice-president for Government Affairs.

Before joining Kaiser, Christie successfully conceptualised, developed and managed his own start-up credit reporting business in Jamaica: Credit Security Systems Ltd. Previously, he worked extensively in academia as a University of the West Indies (UWI) law programme director and lecturer -- an appointment he assumed at age 24, making him the UWI Faculty of Law's then youngest law director. He lectured for 10 years on the three main regional campuses of UWI -- in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad -- in the disciplines of criminal law, corporate law, public international law, insurance law, aviation law, law of the sea, and the law and legal systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean. He has also served for three years at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad as a tutor in insurance, banking, credit and securities law.

Christie is also a former Caribbean-based commercial and international law attorney and consultant. He has consulted with a wide range of private and public sector organisations, including the United Nations, the European Union and the United States agency for International development, and has worked on professional assignments in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St Lucia.

The contractor general is mandated by law to monitor the award and implementation of government contracts to ensure, among other things, that they are awarded impartially and on merit, and in circumstances which do not involve impropriety and irregularity.

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