JMB to Offer Services to the Diaspora

By Peta-Gay Hodges – December 11, 2014

Services to the Diaspora

General Manager of Jamaica Mortgage Bank Mr. Courtney Wynter addresses a JIS Think Tank on December 9, 2014. – Photo by: JIS Photographer

Members of the Diaspora will soon be able to access the services of the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB) when investing in housing in Jamaica.

The bank will be launching a new service that is expected to focus on the technical aspect of construction financing.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on December 9, General Manager of the JMB, Courtney Wynter, explained that the bank has, over the years, amassed significant knowledge and expertise in mortgage and construction financing, which would be useful in providing project management services to persons living abroad. This would include close monitoring of construction projects by the bank to ensure optimal output.

“Many retired people want to build a house in Jamaica. We see where they have had various issues and what we want to offer is project management services to ensure that when they return home, all is in place,” Mr. Wynter said.

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This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website –

Jamaicans Urged to Adhere to

Guidelines on Use of National Symbols

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker – July 31, 2014

Lilyclaire Bellamy

Executive Director (Acting) and Legal Counsel of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Lilyclaire Bellamy, makes a point during an interview at the JIPO offices in New Kingston July 28. – Photo by: JIS Photographer

It is two days before Emancipation Day and eight days until Independence, and Jamaican flags are adorning cars, homes and business places in a show of patriotism and celebration of nationhood.

Other national emblems and symbols are often used as part of the various ceremonies and festivities held during the annual ‘Emancipendence’ period.

While this practice is encouraged, citizens are being reminded to adhere to the guidelines and rules governing the appropriate use of the country’s seven national symbols and emblems.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website –
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Charities Must Register to Benefit from 

Tax Exemptions

By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.

Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.
A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.

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