The Access to Information Unit has strategically targeted the youth, who Public Education Manager Mrs. Tricia Cameron-Anglin referred to as the drivers of information in the future, to be aware of their right to access Government held documents under the access to Information Act (2002).
The Joint Select Committee Meeting to Review of the Access to Information Act 2002, scheduled for Thursday October 29, 2009, did not materialize as planned due to the absence of a quorum.
Chairman and minister without portfolio with responsibility for Information and Telecommunications, the Hon. Daryl Vaz, called off the meeting when Opposition Senators Sandrea Falconer and Lisa Hanna and Government senator Dr. Ronald Robinson were the only members present, one hour after the scheduled start.
The Joint Select Committee for the review of the Access to Information Act 2002, reconvened this morning at Gordon House, to continue discussions which started in January 2006, on the operation and implementation of the Access to Information Regime in Jamaica.
Chairman of the meeting, Hon. Olivia Grange noted the Act is, now approaching the fourth year of full implementation across all public authorities. Despite challenges there have been significant strides made and the Act continues to enjoy strong public and bi-partisan political support.
The Honourable Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports (MICYS) has said that with the use of dialogue, consultation and action, "I have been fully engaged in the effort to bolster the Access to Information regime in Jamaica."
Minister Grange was addressing the First Quarterly Meeting of the Access to Information Association of Administrators (ATIAA) for the 2008 - 2009 financial year, held at the Bank of Jamaica Auditorium on Friday, 2nd May.
The Joint Select Committee for the Review of the Access to Information Act reconvened on September 17, 2009 to hear submissions on the review of the ATI Act 2002. In its previous meeting on June 30, the Committee heard the submission of the Access to Information Advisory Stakeholders Committee.
The Cayman Islands joined approximately 70 other countries around the world in guaranteeing a right to information by the passage of the Freedom of Information Law 2007.
The Joint Select Committee to review the Access to Information Act 2002, held its second meeting for the year on June 30, 2009, at Gordon House. The Committee’s first meeting was held on March 26, 2009.
The meeting was Chaired for the first time, by the Hon. Daryl Vaz since his appointment as Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister. He has been assigned responsibility for the Information and Telecommunications portfolio.
The Access to Information Unit, in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Conference Room, yesterday announced the three awardees in the Access to Information National High School Essay Competition.
In first place was Sherraine Phillips of Campion College, taking home the ATI Unit Trophy and a $10,000 cash prize. The award was presented by Mr. Damian Cox, Executive Director of the Unit.