Nigel Clarke

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Nigel Clarke said : “Taking into consideration all the initiatives implemented by this Administration, including reduced interest rates… it has never been more affordable to access loans through the SLB. We want our students to be able to access and to continue their education,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 13, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We know that as children go back to school in September, they will face costs for uniforms, books, and other supplies that will be difficult to supply for the newly unemployed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Loan Bureau ) : “I want to take the opportunity to remind all respective applicants that notwithstanding the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Students’ Loan Bureau remains open for business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The rejection rate is minuscule, almost non-existent, everybody virtually, but one per cent, who walks through the door and applies, gets through,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “As part of this restructuring exercise, in a mutual agreement with Noble, very shortly the Government intends to completely pay off the interest-bearing debt obligation owed to Noble of approximately US$140 million (J$19 billion), which is just under one per cent of GDP,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “To be able to still bring some joy and support for parents across the country during this time means the world to me and I have absolutely loved seeing the little ones enjoying themselves in the self-shot footage too!” External link

thecourier Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “To be able to still bring some joy and support for parents across the country during this time means the world to me and I have absolutely loved seeing the little ones enjoying themselves in the self-shot footage too!” External link

pressandjournal Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “So it’s like being a heptathlete who has to apply her physical resources across many objectives. Let’s have the 800m represent FATF-related reforms. She is told that the qualifying time for the 800m is 2 minutes 30 seconds. She plans and applies her physical capacity across all events consistent with the stated qualifying time for the 800m. She is on target for qualification based on the aforementioned criteria, but in the last 100m of the 800m race, the race referee says over a loudspeaker: ‘The qualifying time for the 800m has changed to 2 minutes flat’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, therefore, have to do it again. More important, we must keep the NRA up to date so that we can know if and when the AML/CFT risks in the country are changing, so that we can have a strategic response. This requires ongoing provision of data from non-financial businesses and professions. I would like to stress here that if we do not get this data from non-financial businesses and professions and include it in our national risk assessment, Jamaica will not be removed from the FATF list,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This was a great help to thousands who did not have identification and this facilitation allowed them to collect their grants,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "If it was up to them, all they are interested in is delay, delay, delay. The need is now. The people need assistance now; there is no room for delay" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 29, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There has been very limited activity in the area of AML/CTF supervision in these professions and businesses,” “The non-financial businesses and professions, which represent an outer fence, are riddled with strategic weaknesses. It’s far too easy for those with ill-gotten gains to transact in real estate, acquire cars and jewellery, participate in gaming, and channel funds through unregulated money-lending institutions without any alarms being triggered” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, therefore, have to do it again. More importantly, we must keep the National Risk Assessment up to date so that we can know if and when the AML/CTF risks in the country are changing so that we can have a strategic response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The use of the word ‘suspension’ is technical and legal as defined in the fiscal responsibility law. The procedural steps which are required by the law will be followed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The use of the word ‘suspension’ is technical and legal as defined in the fiscal responsibility law. The procedural steps which are required by the law will be followed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “If plant distributors, by their plant choices, are responsible for the rising numbers of allergy sufferers in urban areas, then we, by making the correct plant choices, can at least reduce the amount of allergenic pollen in the air,” External link

guardian Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers therefore pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Our fiscal and monetary reforms have provided Jamaica with options that many countries do not have. Public body reform, inclusive of divestment and reintegration of public bodies, as well as recent fiscal over-performance have provided substantial cash resources that will be deployed to assist in the financing of the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “These tangible dividends of our reform effort further reinforce our continued commitment to Jamaica's economic reform agenda. We are grateful to the fund for the quick response to Jamaica's request which was made exactly one month ago on April 15, 2020” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “These tangible dividends of our reform effort further reinforce our continued commitment to Jamaica’s economic reform agenda,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We expect payments of small business grants to be made in May,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 15, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “However, we have encountered the most threatening pandemic in 100 years and the most severe global economic recession in 90 years. It is for that reason, and that reason only, that this revision will be necessary,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is not good news that the European Union blacklisted Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its Action Plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF’s greylist and the reversal of the EU’s action will also occur,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its action plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF's greylist and the reversal of the EU's action will also occur,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 8, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is not good news that the European Union blacklisted Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:30:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its Action Plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF’s greylist and the reversal of the EU’s action will also occur,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:30:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is not good news that the European Union blacklisted Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its Action Plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF’s greylist and the reversal of the EU’s action will also occur,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke outlined : “This [confirmation] has been communicated [to the applicants] by text or email. The grants will be paid in the usual fashion that the Government of Jamaica makes electronic payments. The payments will be processed in batches of 1,000, which will be uploaded to the electronic payment system through the Bank of Jamaica, and payments will be remitted thereafter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “To have a pandemic risk and a natural disaster risk is an unfortunate position to be in,” External link

eco-business Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "To have a pandemic risk and a natural disaster risk is an unfortunate position to be in," External link

trust Friday, May 1, 2020 1:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "To have a pandemic risk and a natural disaster risk is an unfortunate position to be in," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “I wholeheartedly share the concerns expressed, not just by Opposition members but by Government members as well, about the closure of the compassionate grant applications under the CARE programme after we have had over 402,000 applications. But, at 402,000 applicants, there was no processing of payments anywhere in Jamaica, at any time in our history, that has even come close to 402,000,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Therefore, we intend to review a possible reopening of applications for the compassionate grant,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There are over 20 tax types that you can pay online. Yet, even though that facility exists, Tax Administration Jamaica just released numbers that say … that 80 per cent of the business that Jamaicans go to the tax office to conduct … could be done online,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, through the Economic Recovery Task Force, our job is going to be to do all that we can working with other sectors in the society to ensure that we have the best chance for a recovery of all the jobs that have been temporarily laid off or terminated, that we can have a restoration of economic activity to allow persons to resume the lives they have lived,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, through the Economic Recovery Task Force, our job is going to be to do all that we can working with other sectors in the society to ensure that we have the best chance for a recovery of all the jobs that have been temporarily laid off or terminated, that we can have a restoration of economic activity to allow persons to resume the lives they have lived,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “the guidance to Jamaica is that it is no longer the appropriate time to go to the catastrophe bond markets as there may be no takers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “My sister is a medical doctor at a university hospital in the United States. I am deeply concerned by reports that up to 20 per cent of coronavirus cases in the US are from hospital-based medical professions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Our densely populated communities have, over time, evolved a calculus of survival, and the sharing and caring which are embraced as a necessary part of life will serve us well during these times. The social bonds that form, when one tin of condensed milk regularly serves four households, are the bonds that will keep us safe and strong,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “However, we are also a deeply resourceful and creative people. Achievement has regularly been nurtured by a single cow and half an acre and bread has risen from the dressmaker’s table for generations. As we have many times in the past, we will innovate, we will diversify, we will tun hand mek fashion. We will bounce back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are committed to ensuring that all eligible applicants receive grants in a timely manner,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 24, 2020 10:16:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The team has been supplied with daily prices of hedging instruments which, needless to say, reflect the significant uncertainty. That is, they have not been cheap,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Had we transacted based on prices a few weeks ago we would have regretted it today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “We will be remitting taxpayers' funds [to beneficiary applicants], and it is important for the transparency and accountability of the CARE Programme to have independent proof that the applicant, indeed, was employed and laid off after March 10,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The structure of Jamaica's economy is largely informal. It doesn't operate on the basis of written, formal contracts, neither does it have an online option. It depends on people physically meeting for goods and services to be exchanged for payment. There is no working from home when you are a pan chicken vendor or if you operate a cookshop that sells to the office. Social distancing, as necessary as it is, therefore, disproportionately affects the informal economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers therefore pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” External link

nationnews Friday, April 17, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers therefore pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This has facilitated a close and open working relationship with frequent exchange of views and information. In particular, I have been in regular communication with the fund over the past few months as the COVID-19 pandemic has grown in intensity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “At this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is significant that another international credit rating agency, S&P, has maintained Jamaica’s credit rating at B+ even as several other countries have had their ratings downgraded. The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly deliver a significant economic shock but Jamaica has options that many countries do not have. That is a good thing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 17, 2020 3:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Applications opened on Thursday morning, April 9. By midnight of the first day we had approximately 158,632 CARE Programme applications and by the afternoon of Monday, April 13 the number of CARE Programme applications totalled 333,968,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The structure of Jamaica's economy is largely informal. It doesn't operate on the basis of written, formal contracts, neither does it have an online option. It depends on people physically meeting for goods and services to be exchanged for payment. There is no working from home when you are a pan chicken vendor or if you operate a cookshop that sells to the office. Social distancing, as necessary as it is, therefore, disproportionately affects the informal economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke reminded : “For all applications, the name on the bank account must be the same as the name on the TRN. The Accountant General's Department will only make payment to bank accounts where the bank account is in the name of the applicant. Payments to remittance companies, in the name of the applicant, can be collected by the applicant on presentation of identification, the application reference number and other information,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This process will be transparent. As such I have requested of the auditor general that she conduct a simultaneous review of the systems involved in the application and disbursement processes. I expect that this review will be fairly advanced even before the first dollar is paid,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We have thought about all the options, and all of them are on the table, but at this point in time, that is not on the cards because of the position that Jamaica is in today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “This is a challenging time for our economy. However, Jamaica has options that many countries do not have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 12, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We’ll have a … benefit called a compassionate grant for which any Jamaican can apply, as long as that Jamaican is not formally employed [nor] receiving a benefit from any other component of the CARE programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “To my knowledge, Jamaica has never been able to respond with a fiscal stimulus package to a global economic shock, so the fact that we’ve been able to respond to the tune of $25 billion is something to recognise as a sign of the Jamaican State and its people growing and developing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Every country has to do what is within its capacity to do, and the fact that we have a capacity for a response is a dramatic improvement over where we’ve been before, especially when we consider that some countries have not had the capacity to respond,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The fact that this infrastructure does not exist tells you that Jamaica has never been in a place for this kind of intervention,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “What we want to do, by the nature of our response, is to ensure that what is certainly a temporary event does not cause permanent damage, and we can prevent this by supporting the employee base of the economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We will be looking at the expenditure that we have and reprioritising and reallocating. Because of COVID-19, things that we would have had to spend on in April, May and June, then we may not,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Because of that, we were in a position in the midst of the greatest crisis that Jamaica has ever faced to find fiscal space. Had we not done that by accumulating the reserves to use to reduce the primary surplus without affecting debt trajectory up until then, we would not have had the cushion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "At this point in time, Jamaica has the reserves and the cushion to be able to respond," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We have thought about all the options and all of them are on the table but at this point in time that is not on the cards because of the position that Jamaica is in today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We’re not going to be able to cover every single eventuality – that’s not going to be possible. It’s a diverse country with a very diverse set of circumstances,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The challenge is just verification and we want to be in a position to report to the Jamaican people that those who have benefited are those who are deserving,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are working on a programme for this broad group of persons who may not be formally employed, and we have reserved a sum – we will be transferring a sum to address this segment – a sum which we can supplement with reallocation of expenditure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is a time when those who play by the rules, who are registered, will be rewarded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This programme will be available to employees from any sector who lost their employment after March 10 and before June 30. Employees will be required to apply by filling out an application online. It will be necessary to verify that the applicant was indeed employed prior to March 10. This verification will be achieved by verifying that at some point in the last three months, statutory deductions were filed on behalf of the employee. It will also be important to verify that the applicant was actually laid off,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are working so that businesses can begin to apply by April 9, assuming that the supplementary [budget] is passed by then,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke outlined : “These grants will be accessible by application to a special multi-stakeholder COVID Tourism Grant Committee and by submitting detailed information, including audited financials and management accounts, projected cash flow statement along with assumptions, recovery plan with other steps being taken, statement of personal assets and liabilities, and evidence of tax compliance among other criteria agreed in consultation with stakeholders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This programme will be available to ­employees from any sector who lost their employment after March 10 and before June 30,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “Once the applicant is verified, the file will be passed to the accountant general and payment made electronically directly to the bank account of the applicant,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is a tough time for tourism. Businesses are struggling with no revenue and at the same time want to be able to reopen as soon as the storm passes,” “We want to support these tourism businesses by helping them ­support their most vulnerable employees” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This will not result in losses to the SLB, but the timing difference of payments will have a cash-flow impact on the SLB which can be easily absorbed by the reserves of the SLB,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are taking measures today based on what is known. But things could take a turn for the worse [however], the updates to the fiscal responsibility law [has] incorporated foresight to bring well-designed flexibility in policymaking should the need arise, due to dire and emergency circumstances that create a sharp economic recession,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “beyond that, the auditor general would be required by law to validate that the conditions as prescribed in the fiscal responsibility framework exist” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “There are tens of thousands of retirees in the Government's pension system who receive pension payments electronically each month. To continue to be in receipt of these payments pensioners are required to present proof of Life Certificates, which would require a justice of the peace's signature, and presenting these certificates to the Office of the Accountant General. At this time we wish to advise pensioners that we will suspend the requirement for Life Certificates as at April 20, 2020 for payment in June 2020,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is a time when those who play by the rules, who are registered, will be rewarded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This programme will be available to employees from any sector who lost their employment after March 10 and before June 30. Employees will be required to apply by filling out an application online. It will be necessary to verify that the applicant was indeed employed prior to March 10. This verification will be achieved by verifying that at some point in the last three months, statutory deductions were filed on behalf of the employee. It will also be important to verify that the applicant was actually laid off,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are working so that businesses can begin to apply by April 9, assuming that the supplementary [budget] is passed by then,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke outlined : “These grants will be accessible by application to a special multi-stakeholder COVID Tourism Grant Committee and by submitting detailed information, including audited financials and management accounts, projected cash flow statement along with assumptions, recovery plan with other steps being taken, statement of personal assets and liabilities, and evidence of tax compliance among other criteria agreed in consultation with stakeholders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We would like to get these funds out early, and I am requesting the forbearance of my parliamentary colleagues for a swift process that is responsive to the circumstances,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke conceded : “An adverse economic impact from COVID-19 is unavoidable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “given the impact of the measures taken to protect the health of the Jamaican people, we will be accelerating the intervention and deploying it directly to those who need it most” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are finalising details on the implementation and accountability mechanisms for these programmes which will be announced shortly. These measures will be implemented transparently with broad stakeholder involvement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke wrote : “Possibilities include, for example, various forms of temporary and targeted wage subsidies that benefit workers and the businesses in targeted sectors that keep workers employed. Another possibility is temporary debt-service support and other forms of cash transfers for MSMEs and workers in targeted sectors to lessen the chances of COVID-19-related bankruptcies, for example. Other potential measures are also being considered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 16, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “This is a challenge that this Government has been giving active thought to, and that this Government is prepared to address [in 2020/21],” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is being introduced as a human capital development initiative to provide world-class educational opportunities for Jamaican public- sector employees who are at the forefront of the effort to move Jamaica in the right direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “It will give public sector employees an added incentive to remain in the Government service, as well as include a mechanism to ensure that the scholarship recipients commit to adequate time in the public service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is a very responsible and prudent approach to expenditure, which is in line with inflation and by no means represents an expenditure profile that is connected to any event,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The social pension is intended to correct historical structural inequity which makes it difficult for informally employed persons to contribute to the NIS,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “What we have proposed is a very responsible and prudent approach to expenditure, which is in line with inflation and by no means represents an expenditure profile that is connected to any event (election). In fact when one examines our budgets over the last few years and you look at the percentage of expenditure and so forth, you ask which year [is an election year], you could not tell. They are all prudent in their profile (expenditure),” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke declared : “We are prepared. We are in a much stronger position today to withstand global shocks than we have ever been before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is the first cut in the GCT rate since we introduced GCT rate in 1991 that was not accompanied by GCT being applied to other areas,” “A cut in the rate of GCT will leave more disposable income in the economy which will boost economic activity, which would benefit all households and firms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Let me start with the fact that the Government is dissatisfied with the level of economic growth of 0.6 per cent, likely to be recorded for 2019/20,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Given the financial value of the output of the JISCO/Alpart plant and the weight of its contribution to economic growth, its closure led to an immediate downward revision in growth for this year,” “It should be clear, Mr Speaker, that had this single event not occurred it is likely that annual growth target would have been met” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The real news is that the economy actually still grew despite this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We have to create a new vocabulary for the crane dem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica's economic growth over the past four years has been higher than average economic growth in all of Latin America and the Caribbean in each of these years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “A tremendous amount of work has gone into the Government’s policy of broadening the ownership base of the Jamaican economy by listing state assets on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, allocating on a bottom-up basis to give preference to small investors, and reserving large amounts of the shares for public-sector employees. It is gratifying to see that the public supports this in such a significant way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 9, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “But, we do have a sort of contingency that if the situation looks as if it might escalate in Jamaica, there are measures that we can take — and we are monitoring it very closely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 8, 2020 8:46:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke informed : “The non-debt recurrent expenditure is comprised of compensation of employees of $221.2 billion… and represents an increase of $9 billion or 4.3 per cent over the second 2019/20 supplementary estimates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “The NHT plans to complete 20,000 housing solutions — houses and residential lots — between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2023… and it is towards that objective that the $41.1 billion is being spent, which would facilitate the completion of 6,000 housing solutions as well as 9,347 new mortgages,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “As one of Jamaica's earliest bilateral partners, Japan has continued to be a true and reliable friend of Jamaica. Indeed, together we created what we now commonly refer to as a most dynamic J&J partnership — The Double J,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:30:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The financial year 2020/21 proposed financing for both central government and public bodies is expected to generate a further reduction in public debt to 87.2 per cent of GDP by the end of 2020/21 fiscal year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are very pleased that TransJamaican Highway, which will be the largest IPO in Jamaica’s history, is imminent and will shortly be available for you to pursue,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 24, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “STATIN reported earlier this week that the Jamaican economy grew in the June - September quarter of 2019 by 0.6 per cent over the June - September quarter of 2018. Modest economic expansion therefore continues despite the closure of the JISCO/Alpart plant in the September 2019 quarter and the corresponding 17.6 per cent decline in output in the important bauxite/alumina sector as a result,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 3, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “STATIN (Statistical Institute of Jamaica) reported earlier this week that the Jamaican economy grew in the June– September quarter of 2019 by 0.6 per cent over the June– September quarter of 2018. Modest economic expansion therefore continues despite the closure of the JISCO/Alpart plant in the September 2019 quarter and the corresponding 17.6 per cent decline in output in the important bauxite/ alumina sector as a result,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “As a result, growth in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2019 is forecast by the IMF to average only 0.2 per cent. Though Jamaica is affected by the same external shocks, our 2019 growth is ahead of the Latin American and Caribbean average. It may not be much comfort but this context is nevertheless important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The closure of JISCO was expected to impact growth in the 3rd quarter of 2019 and is expected to impact the 4th quarter of 2019 as well. However, the fact that the economy still expanded overall, despite a decline of nearly 18% in the critical alumina sector, as a result of the JISCO/Alpart closure, is a credit to the improving economic resilience of the Jamaican economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “All citizens have a vested interest in seeing public bodies optimally meeting and fulfilling their mandates and this is with good reason,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 7:25:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Even though this is the general operation date for the regulations, and some provisions will come into effect on February 1, 2020 that will allow steps to be taken to operationalise the regulations, certain key components of the Regulations will be delayed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 7:25:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is a good thing that Jamaica has been known, over many decades, for the prowess that we exhibit in sports and in athletics, and for the talent that we display in music and for the attractiveness of our culture. But, ladies and gentlemen, Jamaica is being known around the world today for its economy, and that is a very powerful thing. We have been embarking on the policies and procedures to ensure that that continues for a long time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The fastest way to lose external sustainability is to misuse the reserves in your Central Bank. There are some who would want reserves to be used to ensure that the exchange rate doesn't move; that would be a misuse of your reserves and that would be inimical to your interest,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We will be looking towards establishing a single job-evaluation system, where jobs can be evaluated according to a single criterion, rather than using multiple job evaluation criteria, which we have been using over the past several decades, which has resulted in a public-sector compensation that is varied and suboptimal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are aiming to bring greater levels of efficiency to the public sector by consolidating administrative and support functions into a single area that can serve the entire public sector. We will be seeking to do that along a number of functional areas, such as human resources (HR), legal services, internal audit, public relations and other such support functions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The IDB has been associated with many innovations in Jamaica, and some of the foremost public institutions that we have were started with IDB support and funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “And as we speak today, the IDB is still at the forefront of many critical innovations taking place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “For a country of our size, that’s way too many, and it makes the structure of compensation far too opaque, complicated and complex, and makes it difficult to plan,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke insisted : “Whenever things enter the political realm in which many factors are at play, sometimes political incentives exist to express one’s dissatisfaction on something totally unrelated, and we can’t afford that here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Your actions can lead to how people see the Government as an entity… your role is the most important role… without it we don't have a State,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 2, 2019 12:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “We are marching towards having the strongest public administration that we can imagine. With people who are technically proficient, who are sharp - because that is what it takes if we want Jamaica to achieve higher and higher levels of greatness. To get this requires action on the part of civil servants but it also requires action on the part of policy and Government and one of the things that I want to support is investing in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 2, 2019 12:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “In any society, the Government is one of the largest purchasers of goods and services and, as a result of that, the policy of the Government towards procurement can have an impact, not only on the cost of those services that the Government procures, but on the economic vibrancy of the society, as well,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Part of the seeming discrepancy is that we only talk about the exchange rate at extremes, therefore our conversation is very skewed. The rate that impacts an economy is going to be the average rate over time...when you look at how that average changes from year to year, even with the $140 in the data, that average for the 11 months of 2019 versus the 12 months of 2018, that average has changed by three per cent, which is consistent with inflation numbers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is, therefore, fitting for us to take [the] time to recognise the thousands of members ... and, by so doing, [not only] promote this [as a] career choice to others looking on but also provide fulfilment [and] job satisfaction to those [who] are involved,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is, therefore, fitting for us to take [the] time to recognise the thousands of members… and, by so doing, [not only] promote this [as a ] career choice to others looking on but also provide fulfilment [and] job satisfaction to those [who] are involved,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 15, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Labour is a part of the 35 per cent local input. The determination will be made by the Trade Board, the entity that supplies certificates of origin in trade matters and the same methodology that they use there will be used here, the threshold though being 35 per cent. That will be applied to goods and services,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Assistance from the GRiF is crucial as the most significant of the layers involve low-frequency, high-severity events that can be covered, in part, by risk-transfer instruments such as a catastrophe bond, which require premiums to be paid and hence, fiscal space. This GRiF grant is therefore highly appreciated as it makes the goal of multilayered coverage more realisable by assisting Jamaica in covering the premium cost of a risk-transfer instrument,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Assistance from the GRiF is crucial, as the most significant of the layers involve low-frequency, high-severity events that can be covered, in part, by risk transfer instruments such as a catastrophe bond, which require premiums to be paid and hence fiscal space,” “This GRiF grant is therefore highly appreciated, as it makes the goal of multilayered coverage more realisable by assisting Jamaica in covering the premium cost of a risk transfer instrument” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Approximately 18 months ago we set out our policy to take a multi-layered and strategic approach to protect Jamaica against the potential fiscal shocks that can be caused by natural disasters. In March we began the capitalisation of a Natural Disaster Fund with a historic allocation even as we finalised our application, with World Bank assistance, to the GRiF,” “Assistance from the GRiF is crucial as the most significant of the layers involve low frequency, high severity events that can be covered, in part, by risk transfer instruments such as a catastrophe bond, which require premiums to be paid and hence fiscal space. This GRiF Grant is therefore highly appreciated as it makes the goal of multi-layered coverage more realisable by assisting Jamaica in covering the premium cost of a risk transfer instrument,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “at every annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank Jamaica joins with its Caricom colleagues in raising the issue of correspondent banking relationships to the big powers in the world and I'll be doing so again when I go to the IMF/World Bank annual meetings” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 11, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The microcredit bill was introduced in Parliament a few weeks ago and since that time, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with members of the industry who have made very reasonable suggestions to improve the bill, and those amendments are being drafted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The results…speak for themselves… . The results have been remarkable to all who have paid attention. Not only have we been able to reduce debt by half the gross domestic product (GDP) but we have had inflation being moderate over the last four or five years at three per cent to four per cent,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The results…speak for themselves… . The results have been remarkable to all who have paid attention. Not only have we been able to reduce debt by half the gross domestic product (GDP) but we have had inflation being moderate over the last four or five years at three per cent to four per cent,” “We have had a return to external sustainability, especially with the reserves in our central bank. We have had consistent and elevated levels of foreign direct investment, while unemployment is at the lowest level in our history,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “it tells a tale of a country which has been having a complete reversal of fortunes for the better” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “But NROCC has negotiated on the basis that, upon that acquisition, Trans-Jamaican Highway will become available to the public to invest in, via an Initial Public Offer (IPO). The Government has no plans to own Trans-Jamaican Highway for any length of time,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In Jamaica, we have been putting in place elements of a public financial management [system] for natural-disaster risk that started in March of this year when, for the first time, we transferred $2 billion into an account at the central bank only to be drawn down in the event of a serious natural disaster, and we hope, over time, to build on that so that we build a pool of fiscal savings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “But we are not stopping there last year, we negotiated in Jamaican dollars an approximately $45-billion contingency credit claim with the IDB that gives Jamaica access to that amount in the event of a natural disaster,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are working with the World Bank on a risk-transfer instrument such as a catastrophe bond where we can pay premium over time and transfer a certain dollar value of risk to the international capital markets that pay that amount in the event of a natural disaster,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “We are going to build a national consensus around it. It’s so important – not something for one administration to do and then another administration changes. Jamaica has worked too hard, we have come too far, we have made too many sacrifices to leave ourselves entirely exposed to the risk of natural ­disasters,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is possible to be a multiple or two of Wigton, let us see,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 4, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “the Government through NROCC will be acquiring TransJamaica Highway and thereafter offering the company to the public through the IPO” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 4, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “You go in any community, there’s a shop here, a shop there. The only way we are going to have growth is if those businesses, because of competition, find it necessary to invest in technology to make the provision of their services more efficient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 27, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is something that, as minister of finance, I proposed, and I am very happy to see that it has been so [well-received] by the public and by the media that I get a lot of questions about when it is going to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “That’s the definition of policy success,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “The first period was generating support for the idea to be adopted by stakeholders as something that made sense, as something that was credible. The second phase, was we engaged international consultants. A consulting firm that was headed by the Independent Fiscal Institution, they put in place a series of recommendations. We then, as a third stage, got technical advice from the IMF (International Monetary Fund). We engaged with the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF, who were able to give a lot of advice about how to go about it and how to implement it, what the features ought to be, and we were able to benefit from a comparative analysis of what occurs in other countries, and then the fourth stage was to take it to Cabinet for ... [approval], and that has happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In those tenders, we offered the market price for those bonds. In one of them we paid US$0.50 over the market price, another we paid US$1 over the market price, but the other two were at the prevailing market price,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Clearly, the longer the maturity profile of your foreign debt, the less risk that you are carrying because you have more time to repay. In addition, prior to this transaction, Jamaica had approximately 11.7 per cent of its foreign debt being due after 20 years. After this transaction, we almost doubled the amount of our debt due after 20 years to 21 per cent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “that is a very unfortunate mischaracterisation” “Liability management operations are very, very sensitive operations. There can’t be any prior disclosures before the operations are launched and during the period of the operation, and they are handled by our investment banks, who we sign contracts with,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “Over the medium term what we have put forward in this year's budget is that we expect growth of the medium term in the region of two per cent or slightly above that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Government is far advanced in enacting legislation that will modernise the Central Bank, inclusive of institutionalising independence in the implementation of monetary policy. We are also working towards legislation that will give rise to a fiscal council that will strengthen Jamaica’s fiscal responsibility framework and be an independent arbiter of fiscal rules. Today, we are empowering EPOC in its monitoring role until those policy commitments are operationalised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 23, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We in Jamaica continue to monitor the situation quite closely,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 23, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “the government is far advanced in enacting legislation to modernise the Bank of Jamaica, inclusive of the institutionalising independence in the implementation of monetary policy. We are working to table legislation by April 2020 to implement the Fiscal Council that will strengthen Jamaica's fiscal responsible framework and be an independent arbiter of Jamaica's fiscal rules” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 23, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Given where we are coming from, the macro-economic gains that Jamaica has enjoyed over these 6 ½ years are a Jamaican success story, recognised around the world. This success is wholly attributable to the effort and sacrifice of the Jamaican people and we owe it to the Jamaican people to preserve and build on these gains even as we work to address the other important challenges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Notwithstanding the increase in the poverty rate in 2017, the data point to a broader declining poverty trend in Jamaica. There may be some ups and downs each year, which are usually driven by some idiosyncratic factors for that particular year. But what we want to see is that the broad direction over time is headed in the right path, and the Jamaican people can rest assured the poverty rate is,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The current design of PATH, however, targets families with children. We need to expand the coverage to bring older people also under the social safety net. The Government is committed to work on this reform with support from the World Bank, which is currently reviewing the social spending programme in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “The poverty rate for 2017 of 19.3 per cent, though higher than the 17.1 per cent in 2016, was lower than the 21.2 per cent in 2015, and significantly lower than the 2013 poverty rate of 24.6 per cent. This points to a generally declining trend when seen from a broader time perspective,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke argued : “Another interesting fact from the 2017 JSLC is that Jamaicans generally perceive themselves to be in good or very good health. That said, about half of the respondents with illness/injury seek treatment in private facilities as opposed to public hospitals, and the trend is rising,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Poverty rates in Jamaica are measured by measuring what is consumed. The lower the consumption, the higher the poverty, and vice versa. As enrolment in education increases, consumption patterns change. As is common knowledge, consumption as a student is typically less than as an income-earner, suggesting its contribution to lower per capita consumption in Kingston and other urban areas which may have contributed to the rise in the measurement of poverty in these areas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The crux of the opposition spokesman’s assertion was that the increase in the poverty rate from 17.1 per cent in 2016 to 19.3 per cent in 2017 was due to the Government’s popular 2016 and 2017 increase in the income tax threshold to $1.5 million for all working Jamaicans, which was financed by increases in indirect taxation,” “If Golding’s narrative were correct, we would have expected to see poverty rise uniformly across Jamaica in 2017 vs 2016. We would also expect that overall poverty should have increased in 2016 vs 2015, considering the switch to indirect taxes began in May 2016. But neither of these happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 5, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is crucially important, especially at this time, that our procurement regime allows for all persons to have opportunities, particularly our small and medium-sized businesses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke observed : “Mr Speaker, as we move into a new regime that's underpinned and anchored by macroeconomic stability, where the Government's appetite for debt is reduced and where pension funds have funds they need to invest, it is necessary to broaden the range of assets that pension funds can invest in. Furthermore, in this new era of low, stable and predictable inflation, pension plans will need to be able to invest in higher-returning, longer-term assets to be in a position to fund their pension liabilities. These amendments will allow for this” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “These amendments will provide higher return investment opportunities for pension funds while improving access to finance, deepening capital markets and providing options for financing outside of the banking sector” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In other markets in the region where a flexible exchange rate is not in force, no matter what they say, people are still ­lining up for days, weeks, months. Those of you who have exposure in the Caribbean know what I am talking about – the inability to obtain foreign exchange for months at a time, or weeks at a time,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, July 26, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When Germany goes to borrow on the international markets, do they borrow in US dollars, or do they borrow in their own currency, euros? When Japan borrows on the international market does it borrow in US dollars or in yen?” “Countries like German and Japan have credible internal policies that incentivise international creditors to lend to them in their own currency. When a country has that creditability and it can borrow internationally in its own currency, the risk to that economy is greatly reduced, and its ability to be prosperous over a long period of time is greatly enhanced” External link

sunstkitts Friday, July 26, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In other markets in the region where a flexible exchange rate is not in force, no matter what they say, people are still ­lining up for days, weeks, months. Those of you who have exposure in the Caribbean know what I am talking about – the inability to obtain foreign exchange for months at a time, or weeks at a time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When Germany goes to borrow on the international markets, do they borrow in US dollars, or do they borrow in their own currency, euros? When Japan borrows on the international market does it borrow in US dollars or in yen?” “Countries like German and Japan have credible internal policies that incentivise international creditors to lend to them in their own currency. When a country has that creditability and it can borrow internationally in its own currency, the risk to that economy is greatly reduced, and its ability to be prosperous over a long period of time is greatly enhanced” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “These amendments will provide higher return investment opportunities for pension funds while improving access to finance, deepening capital markets, and providing options for financing outside of the banking sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “These amendments will provide higher return investment opportunities for pension funds while improving access to finance, deepening capital markets, and providing options for financing outside of the banking sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The aim of the pilot is to allow us the opportunity to adequately understand the implementation challenges and to find more creative ways to optimise the results expected,” “This is revolutionary; this is giving a leg up to our MSMEs, who are vitally important for our growth and prosperity. It should signal the seriousness of the government to ensure that we have a vibrant and healthy MSME sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “This will be implemented in an environment of competitiveness and transparency. We have over 30,000 such businesses that are operating in Jamaica today, but the competition for the space reserved for MSMEs should allow for the delivery of good quality and prices,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We have to ensure that loopholes that are unanticipated will be dealt with - like someone having a very large business and just setting up a small business so that they can profit from this. It is not intended for the large business owners or small subsidiaries in their group; that’s not what we mean,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “When you draw it down… it is through a budgetary process, so there is transparency on the drawdown itself and on how those funds are being used,” External link

jis Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “I can say that our strategic efforts in this area have met on fertile ground… and I fully expect that they (World Bank) will assist us in this regard, with us obviously having some skin in the game and using some of our own resources to pay the premiums that are involved,” External link

jis Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “In all countries that thrive on entrepreneurship, there is a great degree of innovation that comes from research institutions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The question is how many of these have been commercialised and have they made money? That is the question,” “It is one thing to have the brain power and the tenacity, but not being able to commercialise that research. And that is an element that we need to work on, if we are going to realise our full potential,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “So we are putting our money where our mouth is, and that is the new Jamaica that is emerging,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are allocating $1 billion to the Ministry of National Security for the procurement of 1,000 police vehicles, and we are doing the same in the sum of $3 billion to the Ministry of Health and Wellness in infrastructural work at the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” External link

jis Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

dailytimesPK Sunday, June 23, 2019 7:23:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

arkansasonline Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:30:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 21, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In 2015 capital expenditure was approximately 30 billion Jamaican dollars, and in the 2019-2020 we are projecting a capital expenditure of 72 billion Jamaican dollars almost 2.5 times in just four years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

macaudailytimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:22:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

CBC Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke dijo : "En el contexto de la historia de Jamaica, los superlativos son apropiados" "Es, a mi parecer, un logro notable del pueblo jamaiquino" External link

wsoctv Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

680news Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

dailyjournal Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

seattletimes Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:05:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

startribune Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

tribtown Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I'm very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced, and credible leader in Mr Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Mr Byles will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19" External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke expressed ( about Richard Byles ) : "I have every confidence that Mr Byles will bring to the job of governor the focused, principled, and disciplined leadership that has characterised his career" External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I'm very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke expressed ( about Richard Byles ) : “I have every confidence that Mr Byles will bring to the job of Governor the focused, principled and disciplined leadership that has characterised his career” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I’m very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr. Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Mr. Byles will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Richard Byles ) : “I have every confidence that Byles will bring to the job of Governor the focused, principled and disciplined leadership that has characterised his career,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We all have a vested interest in ensuring we get the best possible deal for the Jamaican people and the way to ensure that we have the best possible deal is that we procure these services in an open competitive and transparent way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “Homeownership is becoming a possibility for more and more Jamaicans in a way that few would have imagined before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “the float­ing cur­ren­cy was best for Ja­maica. I will not com­ment on the po­lit­i­cal and pol­i­cy af­fairs of T&T, that is the busi­ness of T&T gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of T&T” External link

cnc3 Friday, May 31, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Peo­ple see IMF as ex­ter­nal­ly im­posed. This is a Ja­maica progamme with the IMF help. We know what we want­ed and the IMF pro­vid­ed the tech­ni­cal sup­port along with oth­er re­sources,” External link

cnc3 Friday, May 31, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “All countries are striving to do better ... and we not only want to be more competitive in each of the areas that we are measured, but we want to do so at a faster pace than the other countries. The prime minister has been vocal about the Government’s appetite for reforms that will lead to faster economic development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “All countries are striving to do better...and we not only want to be more competitive in each of the areas that we are measured, but we want to do so at a faster pace than the other countries. the prime minister has been vocal about the Government's appetite for reforms that will lead to faster economic development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 11, 2019 2:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke declared : “The agreement covers a number of areas. Not everything has to do with compensation. There are certain things that are service-related, some related to conditions of work, and so forth, and we were able to find a combination of items that over a period of time, met the satisfaction of the members of the force,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We've experienced a lot of positive change coming out of our economic reform, and we will continue with the policies that have generated this unprecedented opportunity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We've experienced a lot of positive change coming out of our economic reform, and we will continue with the policies that have generated this unprecedented opportunity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Early indicators from the lead broker (Mayberry) are that we have exceeded the number of applications that we wanted, and far exceeded the applications for any of the private sector's IPOs. Far exceeded! There are thousands and thousands and thousands of new participants,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Photo and videos on social media have reflected the unprecedented level of interest, and we are greatly encouraged by that and, as the prime minister said, there will be more such IPOs of government assets to come and we will use the exact same approach — one that is geared towards including all Jamaicans and in particular micro and small investors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “I heard the chairman (Michael McMorris), but we have to start somewhere. I don’t think we have had in any Budget presentation, one that uses the word ‘abolish’ as much as I had the pleasure of doing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 29, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Not only did we abolish the asset tax, which is a scourge on small businesses, where you had to fork over to the Government money, regardless of what’s happening in your business, but we said look, that is not conducive to economic activity and business vibrancy. We want to be aligned to the business, we want to be aligned with small businesses. So, what we did? We abolished the asset tax for non-financial business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 29, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “we have done it in a way to emphasise that we want the widest possible distribution. So we have set it up where the micro people will get filled before the small people and the small people will get filled before the medium people, and the medium will get filled before the large people” External link

jis Friday, April 26, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “we have done it in a way to emphasise that we want the widest possible distribution. So we have set it up where the micro people will get filled before the small people and the small people will get filled before the medium people, and the medium will get filled before the large people” External link

jis Friday, April 26, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “For the first four months of this year, the central bank sold approximately US$160 million into the market, so you can see the trend, a trend where the central bank’s participation in a market driven by private agents has been reduced significantly over time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 26, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “It so happens that that has come at the same time that our reserves in the central bank are at the highest level that they have ever been over the last several months on a net basis and on a non-borrowed basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 26, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Members of the financial community, members of the community of those who are in the market for mortgages and home ownership, and those who want to take advantage of the opportunity that's created by this unprecedented environment, you can act with every confidence that the Government of Andrew Holness, in which I have the privilege of being financial minister, will not be engaged in any policy reversal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Our spending on social support is 60 per cent higher than our spending on social support three or four years ago. Those are tangible gains from our economic reform programme. Anybody interested in policy reversal, you go and talk to the people who have benefited from the 60 per cent increase in social support, talk to the people who have benefited from 100 per cent increase in capital expenditure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It so happens that that has come at the same time that our reserves on the central bank are at the highest level that they have ever been over the last several months, on a net basis and on a non-borrowed basis. It so happens that this transition from an exchange rate that has been characterised by a one-way movement to one of two-way movement, to one of small movements, has also been accompanied by successive reduction of interest rates to levels we never thought possible. It has been accompanied by inflation rates that have been low and stable for a longer period than we ever thought possible. It has been accompanied by employment growth to levels that are record levels in Jamaica's entire history,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We've experienced a lot of positive change coming out of our economic reform, and we will continue with the policies that have generated this unprecedented period of opportunity for Jamaica,” “For too long throughout our history, we have been in what we call 'policy volatility'. We have borne too much, come too far. The fruits of our sacrifice are much too evident for us to jump on policy reversal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 3:40:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “We have had a lot of foreign investment, but I don’t think domestic investment has yet been unleashed in the way that it can and ultimately will” External link

repeatingislands Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There is significant unfulfilled demand for housing at the lower end of the market,” “Therefore, we want to stimulate supply and remove barriers to home acquisition. The Government has to allow transactions to take place, and we want to incentivise supply at the lower end” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 22, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “A home can be purchased on a salary of $12,000 per week, given the costs that the NHT has,” “The person can qualify for a zero per cent mortgage and 100 per cent financing. This would cost about 33 per cent of their income” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 22, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “However, we could not attract developers,” “Therefore, much of the price goes into transaction cost that is not attractive for a developer, which is not governmental. By removing the transaction taxes, what we will see is more developers stepping into the market at all price levels” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 22, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “We have had a lot of foreign investment, but I don’t think domestic investment has yet been unleashed in the way that it can and ultimately will” External link

forbes Friday, April 19, 2019 4:22:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke responded : “Why is it not yet achieved?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “We want to continue in that direction, to reduce debt faster than programmed, which will allow us to achieve social and economic expansion and improvement faster than originally expected,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The revised estimates for 2018/19 indicate there is no deviation between expenditure outturns projected in the second supplementary estimates, approved in January, and the third supplementary estimates, which are before us now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Government needs to get out the way of taking the lion’s share of these transactions,” “There is a significant unfulfilled demand in the lower end of the market. ... We want to incentivise supply at the lower end of the market and remove barriers” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica will not be able to achieve its potential without persons venturing out, taking risks, starting a business, providing a good or a service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “We have given credit where credit is due, corrected the record to ensure accuracy and fairness, and accepted the constructive suggestions for improvement offered by the Opposition,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Reduction of GCT was considered, but analysis suggested that this would have less of an impact on the Jamaican economy than removing distortionary transaction taxes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The last time we had this level of Debt to GDP was in 2000/01. The Opposition leader was a senior Cabinet minister at the time. I don't recall any suggestion then by him or anyone else in the Government to reduce the rates of GCT or SCT or to reduce any tax at all,” “It is necessary to remind this House that, in fact, in 2000/01, when the Debt to GDP was last at 96 per cent, the then Government decided to raise taxes on the Jamaican people and proceeded to impose more than $26 billion of taxes over the next three years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “In that position of vulnerability, you don't start tax reduction with reducing your biggest source of taxes, as it is too risky to do so,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Rather, they go hand in hand, and are mutually reinforcing. Higher levels of growth provide the means through which greater levels of equity can be achieved,” “Greater societal equity increases the productive potential of our people and fosters greater social harmony, both of which are conducive to higher economic output,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “When an organisation like the Neal & Massy Group, that has the opportunity to invest anywhere they want, (because) they are in over 19 markets — they can go north, they can go south, they can go east, they can go west — but they choose to set up operations in the insurance business, which is a business that takes risks: This is not a shop, it is a business that comes to Jamaica to take risks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 15, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There are many efforts to improve service delivery in the public sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are not out of the woods. At 96 per cent of debt to GDP (gross domestic product), that leaves us still very vulnerable, and so we have to be very strategic in the range of taxes that we choose to reduce,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica was forced to confront its difficulties by turning once again to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support,” “Jamaica has had 16 Stand-By and Extended Fund Facility agreements with the IMF since independence, which have had a cumulative length of some 32 years. We cannot be proud of that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is inconsistent with the Jamaican identity — our identity — of a proud and independent people with a message for the world. Yet, for my generation, all we have ever known, is life in and out of structural adjustment programmes with the international community. It falls to my generation — our generation — to change that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Jamaica's economic reform programme has delivered for Jamaica, is delivering for Jamaica, and will continue to deliver for Jamaica. We must be like Joseph, the son of Jacob, who stocked the barn in good times, so we can retrieve from our own barn in bad times, instead of having to depend on the international community. The Joseph principle should be our principle,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are now 2 ½ years into this precautionary standby Facility with 6 months to go, and, Mr Speaker, I am proud to say that, so far, is moving in the right direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is now time to give back, because it is the right thing to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 11, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Set Aside ) : “I intend to table the Set-Aside and Domestic Margin of Preference Orders in this Honourable House in the first quarter of financial year 2019/20,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 11, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Market interest rates for individuals and businesses have never been lower. Many individuals and businesses are now able to access single-digit interest rates on Jamaican dollar loans, something that would have been deemed unattainable, unthinkable a few years ago,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke responded : “It will be any time now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “You can work in the public or private sector and own a piece of the economy of Jamaica…There is no better investment in the world over the last five years than investing in the real economy of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “In that way, we are going to ensure that you, as citizens of Jamaica, people in the public service, people in the private sector who want to participate, who want to own a piece of [the] Jamaican economic story, can do so by their participating in the Wigton IPO,” “And that won't be the last, there will be others that will follow. and we want to ensure that everybody has an opportunity, because this government believes in economic opportunity for all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Everywhere else in the world that you have had a reduction in transaction taxes, you have seen a massive increase in activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are taking a very strategic approach and we intend to lay a document or a paper in Parliament for public discussion as we move along that path,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Government has met all 22 structural benchmarks under the Stand-By Arrangement to date, including eight macro-fiscal structural benchmarks and 14 structural benchmarks for the public sector reform programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “These increased budgetary allocations to expand PATH school feeding, PATH examinations and PATH transportation in addition to the average 16.4 per cent increase in PATH cash grants represent the protection of the vulnerable in action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke insisted : “Everywhere else in the world that you have reductions in transaction taxes, you’ll see a massive increase in activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This project contributes towards increased community safety and violence prevention in 17 economically vulnerable and socially volatile communities and enhances access to basic urban infrastructure and services, including sanitation, water and electricity as well as youth development programmes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “It is now time to give back, because it is the right thing do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Economic opportunity for all means that payments by borrowers will be applied to most outstanding payment first,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This policy helps the student, helps the charitable organisation, helps the vulnerable population served by charities, and helps Jamaica. We are improving access to tertiary education. We are expanding economic opportunity for all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Mr Speaker, we know that taxes punish growth, so for decades, we have patched up the tax system with a slew of tax incentives, which we hope would have spurred growth, but that has failed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We still have the challenge of high debt and growth below what we want. Therefore, we have to give back in a way that is calibrated to have a stimulative impact on growth,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This literally represents economic opportunity for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke insisted : “They are victims of unequal access to services and unequal opportunities in the workplace. If we care about equity and justice, Mr Speaker, we must care about national security, not for some, but for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “We want to ensure that corporations in Jamaica are characterised by competitiveness — where competition drives great deals for consumers and stakeholders. Competition means that the prices that customers and stakeholders receive has the best chance of being the best price possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "After almost 20 years of tax increases and no new taxes last year, it is now time to give back," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “The industry is going through changes that are making budgeting (for the call tax) challenging and difficult to anticipate what the overall impact is going to be,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke admitted : “If you look at last year, we would have budgeted $3.2 billion. But, if it is uniform, based on December (figures), it looks like it is going to come out at about $2.7 billion. So it is lower than the $3.2 billion,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This year alone we are seeing a billion dollar or more increase in the revenues. It is shocking the number of places in Jamaica where you have a man standing up on the corner and doing illegal betting. But, they are being disrupted by the activities of the BGLC and, based on the part of Jamaica they have covered so far and the increase in revenues, and the part of Jamaica that is left, that is where this assumption (for the increase revenues) came from,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “More recently the amount that we paid in December was held and to the best of my knowledge was returned only recently,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke announced : "I will ensure that we have the Auditor General Department subject to an audit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 4, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The Government of Jamaica has a commitment to have tabled in this Honourable House the Microcredit Act in the month of February — today, being the last Tuesday in February,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 4, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Paul-Marie Mpouele ) : “It is in that context that I say foreign direct investment (FDI) from Chinese companies is welcomed to Jamaica. We want those investments to be in win-win ... , where investors win, customers win, employees win, the Jamaican people win, and the Jamaican economy wins,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Paul-Marie Mpouele ) : “We want to make sure that Chinese investment is accompanied by the requisite levels of training and skills development among the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke observed : “a catastrophic banking crisis in the mid-1990s coupled with the failure of several large state-owned enterprises and lax policy choices plunged Jamaica into a debt spiral. By March 2009, debt was 124 per cent of GDP and interest costs consumed 50.2 per cent of tax revenues. The global financial crisis compounded an already impossible economic situation. Bauxite earnings evaporated, tourism earnings nosedived and nine per cent of private sector jobs were lost” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 1, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “And today, we enjoy a multidimensional relationship that spans economic co-operation, that spans investment, that spans financing and cultural exchanges, and other facets of life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 27, 2019 8:34:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “To ensure successful implementation of these five pillars and the policies and steps that they comprise, it is our intention to [train and] certify 84 change managers across the public sector in the initial phase,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “it will provide an opportunity for public officers to tackle the issues around public-sector transformation and propose solutions for a better public service” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “To ensure successful implementation of these five pillars and the policies and steps that they comprise, it is our intention to [train and] certify 84 change managers across the public sector in the initial phase,” External link

jis Friday, February 15, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “it will provide an opportunity for public officers to tackle the issues around public-sector transformation and propose solutions for a better public service” External link

jis Friday, February 15, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Modernising the bank also means we are capitalising the central bank, that is, strengthening its capital base and its financial ability,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “you can expect that the push for financial and market deepening will see a reduction of those prudential numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Without having sustainable fiscal accounts, nothing else can really happen… we can't shy away from that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “Another problem is that because the grades are not compatible, it allows for all kinds of arbitrage… between persons being in this ministry or that [agency] instead of just being [an officer] who has this level of competence. When you have greater transparency about these things, it allows for greater efficiency and satisfaction on the part of the public officer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are moving in the right direction, and never before have the major variables in our economy been aligned as they are, nor have they ever been as positive, and that is showing up in your lives, our ability to spend on areas that are of concern to you,” “If you want the prosperity to continue, then it is important for you to be mobilised, for you to be motivated, and for you to ensure that Jamaica remains under the governance of the Jamaica Labour Party, under the Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke disclosed : “Eventually, it will be in the quarterly (GDP) numbers, but from September 2020, it will be in the annual numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Also, what will happen in September 2020 is that the previous years will be revised to take into account research activity over those years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “By doing so, we will be making our intention clear that research is fundamentally important to the growth and development of Jamaica, but we need to do it in a way that can be sustainably maintained. We have priority areas where knowledge needs to be developed, and further allocation from this pool to research activities will be done on a competitive basis and will be aligned with those priorities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke contended : “We need to measure exactly how much we’re spending on research and where it is coming from so we can set goals going forward. If we don’t start from a basis of knowing exactly where we are, done by ourselves, not by some publication outside, then we won’t know how to set goals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We want to get to a place where policy is driven by research into our own unique situations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke argued : “One of the things we need to promote and entrench in Jamaica is a culture that promotes the acquisition of human knowledge as a goal and as an end in itself; a culture built on the recognition that all knowledge, regardless of where it originated, is the inheritance of the entire human race,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “Between 2015 and 2016 approximately 57 percent of the growth in employment that we enjoyed in Jamaica came from the Global Services sector so it is a sector that we need to focus on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “The upgrade reflects Jamaica's macroeconomic performance, in particular the track record of strong fiscal discipline reflected in sustained high primary surpluses over the last six years, which have contributed to the significant reduction in the Debt to GDP ratio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “In another few months, or maybe weeks, I will be outlining a strategic approach to the problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We have a sort of three-year plan to upgrade the tax offices across the country, to make them more customer-friendly, and to take some of the heavy activities that are repetitive and move them into other areas, so that the ones that require more time and more customer interface have that space,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in Government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country's) advantage over the long term,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country's) advantage over the long-term,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country’s) advantage over the long-term,” External link

jis Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The process will seek to identify the best-suited candidate to lead the newly modernised Bank of Jamaica in achieving its mandate to serve the interests of the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:12:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “So the increased economic activity that we are seeing is generating increased revenues that are being used in a way to ensure that the cycle continues, and the benefits are spread wide,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 21, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "It is misplaced and grounded in reading the newspaper reports on what is happening in other countries," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "The time will soon come that the finances for infrastructure projects will come from you," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Local Government Ministry is working with the Ministry of National Security to ensure that in the January-March phase, priority is given to areas that have traditionally suffered from high rates of violence against the person and violence against property,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 18, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : ”When you look at the increases in tax revenues that we are seeing, we are seeing it in PAYE, although PAYE has been removed for more than 80 per cent of the people. So, how come PAYE is still over-performing! Well, it reflects what is happening in the economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 18, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "The Baby Club was an absolute gem to make and be a part of. It's not often you find a programme that just warms your heart but this is definitely one" External link

tamworthherald Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There are over 200 countries in the world with maybe half or more of these countries with stock exchanges and, yet, Jamaica was the best performing equity market over the last five years of all countries in the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "There are over 200 countries in the world, with maybe half or more of these countries with stock exchanges, and yet, Jamaica was the best-performing equity market over the last five years of all countries in the world," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 8, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “That, to me, would be more consistent with the respect that we want to afford to members of police force,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 15, 2018 2:43:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "There is always darkness before the dawn, something of a truism of life, and it's no less true here. We just had some last-mile issues to sort out, and those issues were sorted out," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "Our negotiations about wages and compensation over all these years have taken place in the context of high-inflation regimes. For other countries that have a history of long and stable inflation, the wage and salary part of their negotiations is quite straightforward and simple," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated ( about Commission ) : “This Commission will review the governance arrangements, investment policies, asset allocation and risk management of the Fund, and appraise and evaluate the fund performance against returns and best practices in the private sector pension fund industry as well as benchmark against similar national funds in other jurisdictions. We want to ensure that contributors and pensioners always have the confidence that the NIF is invested in their best interest over the long term, and, that it abides by the highest standards of transparency, while delivering competitive investment returns” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 14, 2018 7:21:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Currently the asset mix of the NIF consists of: 64 per cent fixed income, primarily Jamaican; 15 per cent equities, primarily Jamaican; 19 per cent Jamaica real estate; and two per cent Jamaican mortgages and loans. It is arguable whether this is the appropriate asset allocation for the NIF at this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 14, 2018 3:39:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Currently the asset mix of the NIF consists of: 64 per cent fixed income, primarily Jamaican; 15 per cent equities, primarily Jamaican; 19 per cent Jamaica real estate; and two per cent Jamaican mortgages and loans. It is arguable whether this is the appropriate asset allocation for the NIF at this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:58:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "I am absolutely serious about improving corporate governance in the public sector. Without public trust, democracies cannot thrive, and so it is in the national interest to do everything that we can to increase public trust in the State," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is an inevitable move to ensure that the Fund remains sustainable and viable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:50:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “So, if PCJ went ahead and invested in the unit and needed to borrow the funds they would have to borrow it from within the Government. The proposals came to the Government to lend the US$100 million to PCJ. That loan was executed earlier this year and the funds transmitted to PCJ, (but) things have occurred since, and that project has not started, and therefore the funds are not being used,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When you serve on a public board, your role and function is not allegiance to some party... your allegiance is to the people of Jamaica and to the governance principles under which you were appointed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 7, 2018 9:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “So you need an engineer to sit on the board of the NHT (National Housing Trust), you need somebody who has accounting skills to sit on the board of the UDC (Urban Development Corporation), for example, the technical secretariat could say, 'Here is a list of people who have the requisite skills', and it will be a broad list,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 7, 2018 9:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When you see 50,000 jobs being added in a year in Jamaica and most of the jobs going to young people, it is absolutely encouraging that we are moving in the right direction. We have to ensure the earnings of those 50,000 people are spending on goods and services being provided by Jamaicans,” External link

jis Wednesday, November 8, 2017 7:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “once we get this programme (going) and…the private sector moving in tandem with the public sector, we expect to break the bottleneck of housing demand and delivery and address the market (needs) that currently exists…particularly at the low-income segment” External link

jis Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke contended : “if we unleash the energy of private enterprise, we believe that we can do much more as far as affordable housing is concerned” “So the NHT (is putting) in place this arrangement in order to engender significant acceleration in the number of houses brought to market and, at the same time, a significant reduction in the time it takes from conceptualization to delivery,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "Between 2000 and now, there is no year where the number of NHT housing solutions have been more than we have done for the nine months of this year," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:25:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : "And when the year is finished, we will be at 5,500 housing solutions. You would have to go back 20 years to find a year when the NHT would have done more," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:25:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "This development (Ruthven Towers) is the kind of place that young professionals want to be. Indeed, we see this being positioned as the jewel of New Kingston," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “What we need is greater efficiency in the private and public sectors. Greater efficiency means getting more value for each dollar spent…getting more out of the tax dollars that Jamaicans pay,” External link

jis Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke wrote : “This is just a small part of what needs to be done. In the months going forward, we commit to looking at ways to make the NHT more efficient, more effective and more relevant. We must constantly rethink our tools, systems, strategies, and our repsonses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 11, 2016 9:25:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "The F-PACE is our first SUV, and latest addition to the growing Jaguar range. We are committed to developing high-performance luxury vehicles that cater to the needs of our customers all over the world," External link

allafrica Friday, May 20, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "Sports cars are part of Jaguar's DNA, and we've used this expertise to develop the F-PACE to be engaging to drive, while offering excellent interior space and superb practicality," External link

allafrica Friday, May 20, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : "I accepted an invitation to serve my country and, since receiving the instrument of appointment from His Excellency the Governor General, in November 2013, I have considered it a privilege to do so. The opportunity may arise for me to again serve my country and I would be happy to do so under the right circumstances," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 13, 2015 8:13:00 AM EAT



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businessmen3.66%EN11/06/201606/11/2016
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Charles Jr said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “Target dates have been set. I know Minister (of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel) Clarke is pushing for them to be done by this year and I would say at latest the early quarter of 2020,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 6, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Richard Pandohie said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “Implementation of the Government's procurement policy, which will reserve a portion of the annual GOJ procurement contracts for Jamaican MSMEs, will represent a game-changing development for the nation's MSME community — given that the purchase of goods, services and works consumes a huge portion of the nation's annual public sector budget. This is a policy that the JMEA has been advocating for since 2004, and we are optimistic that this will now become a reality as announced by Finance Minister Nigel Clarke during his opening presentation in the 2019/2010 Budget Debate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:25:00 AM EAT

Ruel Reid told ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “They know the staff complement of UTech is to be regularised before there can be any consideration for adjustment. Those technical works have not yet been completed, and they are also to have a further meeting with Mr [Nigel] Clarke (finance minister) to look at the overall submission … so I am just saying that they are very much aware that there is a process. There is anxiety, but there is a process to be pursued, and we are not at the end of the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:26:00 PM EAT

Ruel Reid said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “They know the staff complement of UTech is to be regularised before there can be any consideration for adjustment. Those technical works have not yet been completed, and they are also to have a further meeting with Mr [Nigel] Clarke (finance minster) to look at the overall submission … . So I am just saying that they are very much aware that there is a process. There is anxiety, but there is a process to be pursued, and we are not at the end of the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : "It is now time, after 40 years, that a strategic review be done of the NHT ... . I have given directions to the chairman of the board, Ambassador Nigel Clarke, for him to start, in short order, a strategic review," External link

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Nigel Clarke said : “Taking into consideration all the initiatives implemented by this Administration, including reduced interest rates… it has never been more affordable to access loans through the SLB. We want our students to be able to access and to continue their education,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 13, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We know that as children go back to school in September, they will face costs for uniforms, books, and other supplies that will be difficult to supply for the newly unemployed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Loan Bureau ) : “I want to take the opportunity to remind all respective applicants that notwithstanding the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Students’ Loan Bureau remains open for business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The rejection rate is minuscule, almost non-existent, everybody virtually, but one per cent, who walks through the door and applies, gets through,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “As part of this restructuring exercise, in a mutual agreement with Noble, very shortly the Government intends to completely pay off the interest-bearing debt obligation owed to Noble of approximately US$140 million (J$19 billion), which is just under one per cent of GDP,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “To be able to still bring some joy and support for parents across the country during this time means the world to me and I have absolutely loved seeing the little ones enjoying themselves in the self-shot footage too!” External link

thecourier Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “To be able to still bring some joy and support for parents across the country during this time means the world to me and I have absolutely loved seeing the little ones enjoying themselves in the self-shot footage too!” External link

pressandjournal Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “So it’s like being a heptathlete who has to apply her physical resources across many objectives. Let’s have the 800m represent FATF-related reforms. She is told that the qualifying time for the 800m is 2 minutes 30 seconds. She plans and applies her physical capacity across all events consistent with the stated qualifying time for the 800m. She is on target for qualification based on the aforementioned criteria, but in the last 100m of the 800m race, the race referee says over a loudspeaker: ‘The qualifying time for the 800m has changed to 2 minutes flat’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, therefore, have to do it again. More important, we must keep the NRA up to date so that we can know if and when the AML/CFT risks in the country are changing, so that we can have a strategic response. This requires ongoing provision of data from non-financial businesses and professions. I would like to stress here that if we do not get this data from non-financial businesses and professions and include it in our national risk assessment, Jamaica will not be removed from the FATF list,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This was a great help to thousands who did not have identification and this facilitation allowed them to collect their grants,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "If it was up to them, all they are interested in is delay, delay, delay. The need is now. The people need assistance now; there is no room for delay" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 29, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There has been very limited activity in the area of AML/CTF supervision in these professions and businesses,” “The non-financial businesses and professions, which represent an outer fence, are riddled with strategic weaknesses. It’s far too easy for those with ill-gotten gains to transact in real estate, acquire cars and jewellery, participate in gaming, and channel funds through unregulated money-lending institutions without any alarms being triggered” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, therefore, have to do it again. More importantly, we must keep the National Risk Assessment up to date so that we can know if and when the AML/CTF risks in the country are changing so that we can have a strategic response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The use of the word ‘suspension’ is technical and legal as defined in the fiscal responsibility law. The procedural steps which are required by the law will be followed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The use of the word ‘suspension’ is technical and legal as defined in the fiscal responsibility law. The procedural steps which are required by the law will be followed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “If plant distributors, by their plant choices, are responsible for the rising numbers of allergy sufferers in urban areas, then we, by making the correct plant choices, can at least reduce the amount of allergenic pollen in the air,” External link

guardian Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers therefore pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Our fiscal and monetary reforms have provided Jamaica with options that many countries do not have. Public body reform, inclusive of divestment and reintegration of public bodies, as well as recent fiscal over-performance have provided substantial cash resources that will be deployed to assist in the financing of the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” “These tangible dividends of our reform effort further reinforce our continued commitment to Jamaica's economic reform agenda. We are grateful to the fund for the quick response to Jamaica's request which was made exactly one month ago on April 15, 2020” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “These tangible dividends of our reform effort further reinforce our continued commitment to Jamaica’s economic reform agenda,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We expect payments of small business grants to be made in May,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 15, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “However, we have encountered the most threatening pandemic in 100 years and the most severe global economic recession in 90 years. It is for that reason, and that reason only, that this revision will be necessary,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is not good news that the European Union blacklisted Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its Action Plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF’s greylist and the reversal of the EU’s action will also occur,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its action plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF's greylist and the reversal of the EU's action will also occur,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 8, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is not good news that the European Union blacklisted Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:30:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its Action Plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF’s greylist and the reversal of the EU’s action will also occur,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:30:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is not good news that the European Union blacklisted Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica has until late 2021 to complete its Action Plan. Once this is done, Jamaica will be removed from FATF’s greylist and the reversal of the EU’s action will also occur,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke outlined : “This [confirmation] has been communicated [to the applicants] by text or email. The grants will be paid in the usual fashion that the Government of Jamaica makes electronic payments. The payments will be processed in batches of 1,000, which will be uploaded to the electronic payment system through the Bank of Jamaica, and payments will be remitted thereafter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “To have a pandemic risk and a natural disaster risk is an unfortunate position to be in,” External link

eco-business Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "To have a pandemic risk and a natural disaster risk is an unfortunate position to be in," External link

trust Friday, May 1, 2020 1:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "To have a pandemic risk and a natural disaster risk is an unfortunate position to be in," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “I wholeheartedly share the concerns expressed, not just by Opposition members but by Government members as well, about the closure of the compassionate grant applications under the CARE programme after we have had over 402,000 applications. But, at 402,000 applicants, there was no processing of payments anywhere in Jamaica, at any time in our history, that has even come close to 402,000,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Therefore, we intend to review a possible reopening of applications for the compassionate grant,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There are over 20 tax types that you can pay online. Yet, even though that facility exists, Tax Administration Jamaica just released numbers that say … that 80 per cent of the business that Jamaicans go to the tax office to conduct … could be done online,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, through the Economic Recovery Task Force, our job is going to be to do all that we can working with other sectors in the society to ensure that we have the best chance for a recovery of all the jobs that have been temporarily laid off or terminated, that we can have a restoration of economic activity to allow persons to resume the lives they have lived,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We, through the Economic Recovery Task Force, our job is going to be to do all that we can working with other sectors in the society to ensure that we have the best chance for a recovery of all the jobs that have been temporarily laid off or terminated, that we can have a restoration of economic activity to allow persons to resume the lives they have lived,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “the guidance to Jamaica is that it is no longer the appropriate time to go to the catastrophe bond markets as there may be no takers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “My sister is a medical doctor at a university hospital in the United States. I am deeply concerned by reports that up to 20 per cent of coronavirus cases in the US are from hospital-based medical professions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Our densely populated communities have, over time, evolved a calculus of survival, and the sharing and caring which are embraced as a necessary part of life will serve us well during these times. The social bonds that form, when one tin of condensed milk regularly serves four households, are the bonds that will keep us safe and strong,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “However, we are also a deeply resourceful and creative people. Achievement has regularly been nurtured by a single cow and half an acre and bread has risen from the dressmaker’s table for generations. As we have many times in the past, we will innovate, we will diversify, we will tun hand mek fashion. We will bounce back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are committed to ensuring that all eligible applicants receive grants in a timely manner,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 24, 2020 10:16:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The team has been supplied with daily prices of hedging instruments which, needless to say, reflect the significant uncertainty. That is, they have not been cheap,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Had we transacted based on prices a few weeks ago we would have regretted it today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “We will be remitting taxpayers' funds [to beneficiary applicants], and it is important for the transparency and accountability of the CARE Programme to have independent proof that the applicant, indeed, was employed and laid off after March 10,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The structure of Jamaica's economy is largely informal. It doesn't operate on the basis of written, formal contracts, neither does it have an online option. It depends on people physically meeting for goods and services to be exchanged for payment. There is no working from home when you are a pan chicken vendor or if you operate a cookshop that sells to the office. Social distancing, as necessary as it is, therefore, disproportionately affects the informal economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers therefore pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” External link

nationnews Friday, April 17, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers therefore pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This has facilitated a close and open working relationship with frequent exchange of views and information. In particular, I have been in regular communication with the fund over the past few months as the COVID-19 pandemic has grown in intensity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “At this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is significant that another international credit rating agency, S&P, has maintained Jamaica’s credit rating at B+ even as several other countries have had their ratings downgraded. The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly deliver a significant economic shock but Jamaica has options that many countries do not have. That is a good thing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 17, 2020 3:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Applications opened on Thursday morning, April 9. By midnight of the first day we had approximately 158,632 CARE Programme applications and by the afternoon of Monday, April 13 the number of CARE Programme applications totalled 333,968,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The structure of Jamaica's economy is largely informal. It doesn't operate on the basis of written, formal contracts, neither does it have an online option. It depends on people physically meeting for goods and services to be exchanged for payment. There is no working from home when you are a pan chicken vendor or if you operate a cookshop that sells to the office. Social distancing, as necessary as it is, therefore, disproportionately affects the informal economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke reminded : “For all applications, the name on the bank account must be the same as the name on the TRN. The Accountant General's Department will only make payment to bank accounts where the bank account is in the name of the applicant. Payments to remittance companies, in the name of the applicant, can be collected by the applicant on presentation of identification, the application reference number and other information,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This process will be transparent. As such I have requested of the auditor general that she conduct a simultaneous review of the systems involved in the application and disbursement processes. I expect that this review will be fairly advanced even before the first dollar is paid,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We have thought about all the options, and all of them are on the table, but at this point in time, that is not on the cards because of the position that Jamaica is in today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “This is a challenging time for our economy. However, Jamaica has options that many countries do not have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 12, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We’ll have a … benefit called a compassionate grant for which any Jamaican can apply, as long as that Jamaican is not formally employed [nor] receiving a benefit from any other component of the CARE programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “To my knowledge, Jamaica has never been able to respond with a fiscal stimulus package to a global economic shock, so the fact that we’ve been able to respond to the tune of $25 billion is something to recognise as a sign of the Jamaican State and its people growing and developing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Every country has to do what is within its capacity to do, and the fact that we have a capacity for a response is a dramatic improvement over where we’ve been before, especially when we consider that some countries have not had the capacity to respond,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The fact that this infrastructure does not exist tells you that Jamaica has never been in a place for this kind of intervention,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “What we want to do, by the nature of our response, is to ensure that what is certainly a temporary event does not cause permanent damage, and we can prevent this by supporting the employee base of the economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We will be looking at the expenditure that we have and reprioritising and reallocating. Because of COVID-19, things that we would have had to spend on in April, May and June, then we may not,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Because of that, we were in a position in the midst of the greatest crisis that Jamaica has ever faced to find fiscal space. Had we not done that by accumulating the reserves to use to reduce the primary surplus without affecting debt trajectory up until then, we would not have had the cushion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "At this point in time, Jamaica has the reserves and the cushion to be able to respond," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We have thought about all the options and all of them are on the table but at this point in time that is not on the cards because of the position that Jamaica is in today,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We’re not going to be able to cover every single eventuality – that’s not going to be possible. It’s a diverse country with a very diverse set of circumstances,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The challenge is just verification and we want to be in a position to report to the Jamaican people that those who have benefited are those who are deserving,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are working on a programme for this broad group of persons who may not be formally employed, and we have reserved a sum – we will be transferring a sum to address this segment – a sum which we can supplement with reallocation of expenditure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is a time when those who play by the rules, who are registered, will be rewarded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This programme will be available to employees from any sector who lost their employment after March 10 and before June 30. Employees will be required to apply by filling out an application online. It will be necessary to verify that the applicant was indeed employed prior to March 10. This verification will be achieved by verifying that at some point in the last three months, statutory deductions were filed on behalf of the employee. It will also be important to verify that the applicant was actually laid off,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are working so that businesses can begin to apply by April 9, assuming that the supplementary [budget] is passed by then,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke outlined : “These grants will be accessible by application to a special multi-stakeholder COVID Tourism Grant Committee and by submitting detailed information, including audited financials and management accounts, projected cash flow statement along with assumptions, recovery plan with other steps being taken, statement of personal assets and liabilities, and evidence of tax compliance among other criteria agreed in consultation with stakeholders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This programme will be available to ­employees from any sector who lost their employment after March 10 and before June 30,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “Once the applicant is verified, the file will be passed to the accountant general and payment made electronically directly to the bank account of the applicant,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is a tough time for tourism. Businesses are struggling with no revenue and at the same time want to be able to reopen as soon as the storm passes,” “We want to support these tourism businesses by helping them ­support their most vulnerable employees” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This will not result in losses to the SLB, but the timing difference of payments will have a cash-flow impact on the SLB which can be easily absorbed by the reserves of the SLB,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are taking measures today based on what is known. But things could take a turn for the worse [however], the updates to the fiscal responsibility law [has] incorporated foresight to bring well-designed flexibility in policymaking should the need arise, due to dire and emergency circumstances that create a sharp economic recession,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “beyond that, the auditor general would be required by law to validate that the conditions as prescribed in the fiscal responsibility framework exist” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “There are tens of thousands of retirees in the Government's pension system who receive pension payments electronically each month. To continue to be in receipt of these payments pensioners are required to present proof of Life Certificates, which would require a justice of the peace's signature, and presenting these certificates to the Office of the Accountant General. At this time we wish to advise pensioners that we will suspend the requirement for Life Certificates as at April 20, 2020 for payment in June 2020,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is a time when those who play by the rules, who are registered, will be rewarded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “This programme will be available to employees from any sector who lost their employment after March 10 and before June 30. Employees will be required to apply by filling out an application online. It will be necessary to verify that the applicant was indeed employed prior to March 10. This verification will be achieved by verifying that at some point in the last three months, statutory deductions were filed on behalf of the employee. It will also be important to verify that the applicant was actually laid off,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are working so that businesses can begin to apply by April 9, assuming that the supplementary [budget] is passed by then,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke outlined : “These grants will be accessible by application to a special multi-stakeholder COVID Tourism Grant Committee and by submitting detailed information, including audited financials and management accounts, projected cash flow statement along with assumptions, recovery plan with other steps being taken, statement of personal assets and liabilities, and evidence of tax compliance among other criteria agreed in consultation with stakeholders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We would like to get these funds out early, and I am requesting the forbearance of my parliamentary colleagues for a swift process that is responsive to the circumstances,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke conceded : “An adverse economic impact from COVID-19 is unavoidable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “given the impact of the measures taken to protect the health of the Jamaican people, we will be accelerating the intervention and deploying it directly to those who need it most” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are finalising details on the implementation and accountability mechanisms for these programmes which will be announced shortly. These measures will be implemented transparently with broad stakeholder involvement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke wrote : “Possibilities include, for example, various forms of temporary and targeted wage subsidies that benefit workers and the businesses in targeted sectors that keep workers employed. Another possibility is temporary debt-service support and other forms of cash transfers for MSMEs and workers in targeted sectors to lessen the chances of COVID-19-related bankruptcies, for example. Other potential measures are also being considered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 16, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “This is a challenge that this Government has been giving active thought to, and that this Government is prepared to address [in 2020/21],” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is being introduced as a human capital development initiative to provide world-class educational opportunities for Jamaican public- sector employees who are at the forefront of the effort to move Jamaica in the right direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “It will give public sector employees an added incentive to remain in the Government service, as well as include a mechanism to ensure that the scholarship recipients commit to adequate time in the public service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is a very responsible and prudent approach to expenditure, which is in line with inflation and by no means represents an expenditure profile that is connected to any event,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The social pension is intended to correct historical structural inequity which makes it difficult for informally employed persons to contribute to the NIS,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “What we have proposed is a very responsible and prudent approach to expenditure, which is in line with inflation and by no means represents an expenditure profile that is connected to any event (election). In fact when one examines our budgets over the last few years and you look at the percentage of expenditure and so forth, you ask which year [is an election year], you could not tell. They are all prudent in their profile (expenditure),” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke declared : “We are prepared. We are in a much stronger position today to withstand global shocks than we have ever been before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is the first cut in the GCT rate since we introduced GCT rate in 1991 that was not accompanied by GCT being applied to other areas,” “A cut in the rate of GCT will leave more disposable income in the economy which will boost economic activity, which would benefit all households and firms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Let me start with the fact that the Government is dissatisfied with the level of economic growth of 0.6 per cent, likely to be recorded for 2019/20,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Given the financial value of the output of the JISCO/Alpart plant and the weight of its contribution to economic growth, its closure led to an immediate downward revision in growth for this year,” “It should be clear, Mr Speaker, that had this single event not occurred it is likely that annual growth target would have been met” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The real news is that the economy actually still grew despite this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We have to create a new vocabulary for the crane dem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica's economic growth over the past four years has been higher than average economic growth in all of Latin America and the Caribbean in each of these years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “A tremendous amount of work has gone into the Government’s policy of broadening the ownership base of the Jamaican economy by listing state assets on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, allocating on a bottom-up basis to give preference to small investors, and reserving large amounts of the shares for public-sector employees. It is gratifying to see that the public supports this in such a significant way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 9, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “But, we do have a sort of contingency that if the situation looks as if it might escalate in Jamaica, there are measures that we can take — and we are monitoring it very closely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 8, 2020 8:46:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke informed : “The non-debt recurrent expenditure is comprised of compensation of employees of $221.2 billion… and represents an increase of $9 billion or 4.3 per cent over the second 2019/20 supplementary estimates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “The NHT plans to complete 20,000 housing solutions — houses and residential lots — between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2023… and it is towards that objective that the $41.1 billion is being spent, which would facilitate the completion of 6,000 housing solutions as well as 9,347 new mortgages,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “As one of Jamaica's earliest bilateral partners, Japan has continued to be a true and reliable friend of Jamaica. Indeed, together we created what we now commonly refer to as a most dynamic J&J partnership — The Double J,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:30:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The financial year 2020/21 proposed financing for both central government and public bodies is expected to generate a further reduction in public debt to 87.2 per cent of GDP by the end of 2020/21 fiscal year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are very pleased that TransJamaican Highway, which will be the largest IPO in Jamaica’s history, is imminent and will shortly be available for you to pursue,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 24, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “STATIN reported earlier this week that the Jamaican economy grew in the June - September quarter of 2019 by 0.6 per cent over the June - September quarter of 2018. Modest economic expansion therefore continues despite the closure of the JISCO/Alpart plant in the September 2019 quarter and the corresponding 17.6 per cent decline in output in the important bauxite/alumina sector as a result,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 3, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “STATIN (Statistical Institute of Jamaica) reported earlier this week that the Jamaican economy grew in the June– September quarter of 2019 by 0.6 per cent over the June– September quarter of 2018. Modest economic expansion therefore continues despite the closure of the JISCO/Alpart plant in the September 2019 quarter and the corresponding 17.6 per cent decline in output in the important bauxite/ alumina sector as a result,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “As a result, growth in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2019 is forecast by the IMF to average only 0.2 per cent. Though Jamaica is affected by the same external shocks, our 2019 growth is ahead of the Latin American and Caribbean average. It may not be much comfort but this context is nevertheless important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The closure of JISCO was expected to impact growth in the 3rd quarter of 2019 and is expected to impact the 4th quarter of 2019 as well. However, the fact that the economy still expanded overall, despite a decline of nearly 18% in the critical alumina sector, as a result of the JISCO/Alpart closure, is a credit to the improving economic resilience of the Jamaican economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “All citizens have a vested interest in seeing public bodies optimally meeting and fulfilling their mandates and this is with good reason,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 7:25:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Even though this is the general operation date for the regulations, and some provisions will come into effect on February 1, 2020 that will allow steps to be taken to operationalise the regulations, certain key components of the Regulations will be delayed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 7:25:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is a good thing that Jamaica has been known, over many decades, for the prowess that we exhibit in sports and in athletics, and for the talent that we display in music and for the attractiveness of our culture. But, ladies and gentlemen, Jamaica is being known around the world today for its economy, and that is a very powerful thing. We have been embarking on the policies and procedures to ensure that that continues for a long time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The fastest way to lose external sustainability is to misuse the reserves in your Central Bank. There are some who would want reserves to be used to ensure that the exchange rate doesn't move; that would be a misuse of your reserves and that would be inimical to your interest,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We will be looking towards establishing a single job-evaluation system, where jobs can be evaluated according to a single criterion, rather than using multiple job evaluation criteria, which we have been using over the past several decades, which has resulted in a public-sector compensation that is varied and suboptimal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are aiming to bring greater levels of efficiency to the public sector by consolidating administrative and support functions into a single area that can serve the entire public sector. We will be seeking to do that along a number of functional areas, such as human resources (HR), legal services, internal audit, public relations and other such support functions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The IDB has been associated with many innovations in Jamaica, and some of the foremost public institutions that we have were started with IDB support and funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “And as we speak today, the IDB is still at the forefront of many critical innovations taking place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “For a country of our size, that’s way too many, and it makes the structure of compensation far too opaque, complicated and complex, and makes it difficult to plan,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke insisted : “Whenever things enter the political realm in which many factors are at play, sometimes political incentives exist to express one’s dissatisfaction on something totally unrelated, and we can’t afford that here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Your actions can lead to how people see the Government as an entity… your role is the most important role… without it we don't have a State,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 2, 2019 12:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “We are marching towards having the strongest public administration that we can imagine. With people who are technically proficient, who are sharp - because that is what it takes if we want Jamaica to achieve higher and higher levels of greatness. To get this requires action on the part of civil servants but it also requires action on the part of policy and Government and one of the things that I want to support is investing in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 2, 2019 12:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “In any society, the Government is one of the largest purchasers of goods and services and, as a result of that, the policy of the Government towards procurement can have an impact, not only on the cost of those services that the Government procures, but on the economic vibrancy of the society, as well,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Part of the seeming discrepancy is that we only talk about the exchange rate at extremes, therefore our conversation is very skewed. The rate that impacts an economy is going to be the average rate over time...when you look at how that average changes from year to year, even with the $140 in the data, that average for the 11 months of 2019 versus the 12 months of 2018, that average has changed by three per cent, which is consistent with inflation numbers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is, therefore, fitting for us to take [the] time to recognise the thousands of members ... and, by so doing, [not only] promote this [as a] career choice to others looking on but also provide fulfilment [and] job satisfaction to those [who] are involved,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is, therefore, fitting for us to take [the] time to recognise the thousands of members… and, by so doing, [not only] promote this [as a ] career choice to others looking on but also provide fulfilment [and] job satisfaction to those [who] are involved,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 15, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Labour is a part of the 35 per cent local input. The determination will be made by the Trade Board, the entity that supplies certificates of origin in trade matters and the same methodology that they use there will be used here, the threshold though being 35 per cent. That will be applied to goods and services,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Assistance from the GRiF is crucial as the most significant of the layers involve low-frequency, high-severity events that can be covered, in part, by risk-transfer instruments such as a catastrophe bond, which require premiums to be paid and hence, fiscal space. This GRiF grant is therefore highly appreciated as it makes the goal of multilayered coverage more realisable by assisting Jamaica in covering the premium cost of a risk-transfer instrument,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Assistance from the GRiF is crucial, as the most significant of the layers involve low-frequency, high-severity events that can be covered, in part, by risk transfer instruments such as a catastrophe bond, which require premiums to be paid and hence fiscal space,” “This GRiF grant is therefore highly appreciated, as it makes the goal of multilayered coverage more realisable by assisting Jamaica in covering the premium cost of a risk transfer instrument” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Approximately 18 months ago we set out our policy to take a multi-layered and strategic approach to protect Jamaica against the potential fiscal shocks that can be caused by natural disasters. In March we began the capitalisation of a Natural Disaster Fund with a historic allocation even as we finalised our application, with World Bank assistance, to the GRiF,” “Assistance from the GRiF is crucial as the most significant of the layers involve low frequency, high severity events that can be covered, in part, by risk transfer instruments such as a catastrophe bond, which require premiums to be paid and hence fiscal space. This GRiF Grant is therefore highly appreciated as it makes the goal of multi-layered coverage more realisable by assisting Jamaica in covering the premium cost of a risk transfer instrument,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “at every annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank Jamaica joins with its Caricom colleagues in raising the issue of correspondent banking relationships to the big powers in the world and I'll be doing so again when I go to the IMF/World Bank annual meetings” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 11, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “The microcredit bill was introduced in Parliament a few weeks ago and since that time, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with members of the industry who have made very reasonable suggestions to improve the bill, and those amendments are being drafted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The results…speak for themselves… . The results have been remarkable to all who have paid attention. Not only have we been able to reduce debt by half the gross domestic product (GDP) but we have had inflation being moderate over the last four or five years at three per cent to four per cent,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The results…speak for themselves… . The results have been remarkable to all who have paid attention. Not only have we been able to reduce debt by half the gross domestic product (GDP) but we have had inflation being moderate over the last four or five years at three per cent to four per cent,” “We have had a return to external sustainability, especially with the reserves in our central bank. We have had consistent and elevated levels of foreign direct investment, while unemployment is at the lowest level in our history,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “it tells a tale of a country which has been having a complete reversal of fortunes for the better” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “But NROCC has negotiated on the basis that, upon that acquisition, Trans-Jamaican Highway will become available to the public to invest in, via an Initial Public Offer (IPO). The Government has no plans to own Trans-Jamaican Highway for any length of time,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In Jamaica, we have been putting in place elements of a public financial management [system] for natural-disaster risk that started in March of this year when, for the first time, we transferred $2 billion into an account at the central bank only to be drawn down in the event of a serious natural disaster, and we hope, over time, to build on that so that we build a pool of fiscal savings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “But we are not stopping there last year, we negotiated in Jamaican dollars an approximately $45-billion contingency credit claim with the IDB that gives Jamaica access to that amount in the event of a natural disaster,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are working with the World Bank on a risk-transfer instrument such as a catastrophe bond where we can pay premium over time and transfer a certain dollar value of risk to the international capital markets that pay that amount in the event of a natural disaster,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “We are going to build a national consensus around it. It’s so important – not something for one administration to do and then another administration changes. Jamaica has worked too hard, we have come too far, we have made too many sacrifices to leave ourselves entirely exposed to the risk of natural ­disasters,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is possible to be a multiple or two of Wigton, let us see,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 4, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “the Government through NROCC will be acquiring TransJamaica Highway and thereafter offering the company to the public through the IPO” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 4, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “You go in any community, there’s a shop here, a shop there. The only way we are going to have growth is if those businesses, because of competition, find it necessary to invest in technology to make the provision of their services more efficient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 27, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is something that, as minister of finance, I proposed, and I am very happy to see that it has been so [well-received] by the public and by the media that I get a lot of questions about when it is going to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “That’s the definition of policy success,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “The first period was generating support for the idea to be adopted by stakeholders as something that made sense, as something that was credible. The second phase, was we engaged international consultants. A consulting firm that was headed by the Independent Fiscal Institution, they put in place a series of recommendations. We then, as a third stage, got technical advice from the IMF (International Monetary Fund). We engaged with the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF, who were able to give a lot of advice about how to go about it and how to implement it, what the features ought to be, and we were able to benefit from a comparative analysis of what occurs in other countries, and then the fourth stage was to take it to Cabinet for ... [approval], and that has happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In those tenders, we offered the market price for those bonds. In one of them we paid US$0.50 over the market price, another we paid US$1 over the market price, but the other two were at the prevailing market price,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Clearly, the longer the maturity profile of your foreign debt, the less risk that you are carrying because you have more time to repay. In addition, prior to this transaction, Jamaica had approximately 11.7 per cent of its foreign debt being due after 20 years. After this transaction, we almost doubled the amount of our debt due after 20 years to 21 per cent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “that is a very unfortunate mischaracterisation” “Liability management operations are very, very sensitive operations. There can’t be any prior disclosures before the operations are launched and during the period of the operation, and they are handled by our investment banks, who we sign contracts with,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “Over the medium term what we have put forward in this year's budget is that we expect growth of the medium term in the region of two per cent or slightly above that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Government is far advanced in enacting legislation that will modernise the Central Bank, inclusive of institutionalising independence in the implementation of monetary policy. We are also working towards legislation that will give rise to a fiscal council that will strengthen Jamaica’s fiscal responsibility framework and be an independent arbiter of fiscal rules. Today, we are empowering EPOC in its monitoring role until those policy commitments are operationalised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 23, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We in Jamaica continue to monitor the situation quite closely,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 23, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “the government is far advanced in enacting legislation to modernise the Bank of Jamaica, inclusive of the institutionalising independence in the implementation of monetary policy. We are working to table legislation by April 2020 to implement the Fiscal Council that will strengthen Jamaica's fiscal responsible framework and be an independent arbiter of Jamaica's fiscal rules” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 23, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Given where we are coming from, the macro-economic gains that Jamaica has enjoyed over these 6 ½ years are a Jamaican success story, recognised around the world. This success is wholly attributable to the effort and sacrifice of the Jamaican people and we owe it to the Jamaican people to preserve and build on these gains even as we work to address the other important challenges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Notwithstanding the increase in the poverty rate in 2017, the data point to a broader declining poverty trend in Jamaica. There may be some ups and downs each year, which are usually driven by some idiosyncratic factors for that particular year. But what we want to see is that the broad direction over time is headed in the right path, and the Jamaican people can rest assured the poverty rate is,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The current design of PATH, however, targets families with children. We need to expand the coverage to bring older people also under the social safety net. The Government is committed to work on this reform with support from the World Bank, which is currently reviewing the social spending programme in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “The poverty rate for 2017 of 19.3 per cent, though higher than the 17.1 per cent in 2016, was lower than the 21.2 per cent in 2015, and significantly lower than the 2013 poverty rate of 24.6 per cent. This points to a generally declining trend when seen from a broader time perspective,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke argued : “Another interesting fact from the 2017 JSLC is that Jamaicans generally perceive themselves to be in good or very good health. That said, about half of the respondents with illness/injury seek treatment in private facilities as opposed to public hospitals, and the trend is rising,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Poverty rates in Jamaica are measured by measuring what is consumed. The lower the consumption, the higher the poverty, and vice versa. As enrolment in education increases, consumption patterns change. As is common knowledge, consumption as a student is typically less than as an income-earner, suggesting its contribution to lower per capita consumption in Kingston and other urban areas which may have contributed to the rise in the measurement of poverty in these areas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The crux of the opposition spokesman’s assertion was that the increase in the poverty rate from 17.1 per cent in 2016 to 19.3 per cent in 2017 was due to the Government’s popular 2016 and 2017 increase in the income tax threshold to $1.5 million for all working Jamaicans, which was financed by increases in indirect taxation,” “If Golding’s narrative were correct, we would have expected to see poverty rise uniformly across Jamaica in 2017 vs 2016. We would also expect that overall poverty should have increased in 2016 vs 2015, considering the switch to indirect taxes began in May 2016. But neither of these happened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 5, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is crucially important, especially at this time, that our procurement regime allows for all persons to have opportunities, particularly our small and medium-sized businesses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke observed : “Mr Speaker, as we move into a new regime that's underpinned and anchored by macroeconomic stability, where the Government's appetite for debt is reduced and where pension funds have funds they need to invest, it is necessary to broaden the range of assets that pension funds can invest in. Furthermore, in this new era of low, stable and predictable inflation, pension plans will need to be able to invest in higher-returning, longer-term assets to be in a position to fund their pension liabilities. These amendments will allow for this” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “These amendments will provide higher return investment opportunities for pension funds while improving access to finance, deepening capital markets and providing options for financing outside of the banking sector” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In other markets in the region where a flexible exchange rate is not in force, no matter what they say, people are still ­lining up for days, weeks, months. Those of you who have exposure in the Caribbean know what I am talking about – the inability to obtain foreign exchange for months at a time, or weeks at a time,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, July 26, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When Germany goes to borrow on the international markets, do they borrow in US dollars, or do they borrow in their own currency, euros? When Japan borrows on the international market does it borrow in US dollars or in yen?” “Countries like German and Japan have credible internal policies that incentivise international creditors to lend to them in their own currency. When a country has that creditability and it can borrow internationally in its own currency, the risk to that economy is greatly reduced, and its ability to be prosperous over a long period of time is greatly enhanced” External link

sunstkitts Friday, July 26, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In other markets in the region where a flexible exchange rate is not in force, no matter what they say, people are still ­lining up for days, weeks, months. Those of you who have exposure in the Caribbean know what I am talking about – the inability to obtain foreign exchange for months at a time, or weeks at a time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When Germany goes to borrow on the international markets, do they borrow in US dollars, or do they borrow in their own currency, euros? When Japan borrows on the international market does it borrow in US dollars or in yen?” “Countries like German and Japan have credible internal policies that incentivise international creditors to lend to them in their own currency. When a country has that creditability and it can borrow internationally in its own currency, the risk to that economy is greatly reduced, and its ability to be prosperous over a long period of time is greatly enhanced” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “These amendments will provide higher return investment opportunities for pension funds while improving access to finance, deepening capital markets, and providing options for financing outside of the banking sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “These amendments will provide higher return investment opportunities for pension funds while improving access to finance, deepening capital markets, and providing options for financing outside of the banking sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 26, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The aim of the pilot is to allow us the opportunity to adequately understand the implementation challenges and to find more creative ways to optimise the results expected,” “This is revolutionary; this is giving a leg up to our MSMEs, who are vitally important for our growth and prosperity. It should signal the seriousness of the government to ensure that we have a vibrant and healthy MSME sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “This will be implemented in an environment of competitiveness and transparency. We have over 30,000 such businesses that are operating in Jamaica today, but the competition for the space reserved for MSMEs should allow for the delivery of good quality and prices,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We have to ensure that loopholes that are unanticipated will be dealt with - like someone having a very large business and just setting up a small business so that they can profit from this. It is not intended for the large business owners or small subsidiaries in their group; that’s not what we mean,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “When you draw it down… it is through a budgetary process, so there is transparency on the drawdown itself and on how those funds are being used,” External link

jis Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “I can say that our strategic efforts in this area have met on fertile ground… and I fully expect that they (World Bank) will assist us in this regard, with us obviously having some skin in the game and using some of our own resources to pay the premiums that are involved,” External link

jis Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “In all countries that thrive on entrepreneurship, there is a great degree of innovation that comes from research institutions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The question is how many of these have been commercialised and have they made money? That is the question,” “It is one thing to have the brain power and the tenacity, but not being able to commercialise that research. And that is an element that we need to work on, if we are going to realise our full potential,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “So we are putting our money where our mouth is, and that is the new Jamaica that is emerging,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 12, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are allocating $1 billion to the Ministry of National Security for the procurement of 1,000 police vehicles, and we are doing the same in the sum of $3 billion to the Ministry of Health and Wellness in infrastructural work at the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” External link

jis Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

dailytimesPK Sunday, June 23, 2019 7:23:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

arkansasonline Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:30:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 21, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In 2015 capital expenditure was approximately 30 billion Jamaican dollars, and in the 2019-2020 we are projecting a capital expenditure of 72 billion Jamaican dollars almost 2.5 times in just four years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

macaudailytimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:22:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

CBC Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke dijo : "En el contexto de la historia de Jamaica, los superlativos son apropiados" "Es, a mi parecer, un logro notable del pueblo jamaiquino" External link

wsoctv Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

680news Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

dailyjournal Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

seattletimes Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:05:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

startribune Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In the context of Jamaica's history, superlatives are appropriate," "It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people" External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In the context of Jamaica’s history, superlatives are appropriate,” “It is, in my view, a remarkable achievement of the Jamaican people” External link

tribtown Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I'm very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced, and credible leader in Mr Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Mr Byles will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19" External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke expressed ( about Richard Byles ) : "I have every confidence that Mr Byles will bring to the job of governor the focused, principled, and disciplined leadership that has characterised his career" External link

jamaica-star Monday, June 17, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I'm very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke expressed ( about Richard Byles ) : “I have every confidence that Mr Byles will bring to the job of Governor the focused, principled and disciplined leadership that has characterised his career” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I’m very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr. Richard Byles to succeed Mr Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Mr. Byles will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Richard Byles ) : “I have every confidence that Byles will bring to the job of Governor the focused, principled and disciplined leadership that has characterised his career,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We all have a vested interest in ensuring we get the best possible deal for the Jamaican people and the way to ensure that we have the best possible deal is that we procure these services in an open competitive and transparent way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:11:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “Homeownership is becoming a possibility for more and more Jamaicans in a way that few would have imagined before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “the float­ing cur­ren­cy was best for Ja­maica. I will not com­ment on the po­lit­i­cal and pol­i­cy af­fairs of T&T, that is the busi­ness of T&T gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of T&T” External link

cnc3 Friday, May 31, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Peo­ple see IMF as ex­ter­nal­ly im­posed. This is a Ja­maica progamme with the IMF help. We know what we want­ed and the IMF pro­vid­ed the tech­ni­cal sup­port along with oth­er re­sources,” External link

cnc3 Friday, May 31, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “All countries are striving to do better ... and we not only want to be more competitive in each of the areas that we are measured, but we want to do so at a faster pace than the other countries. The prime minister has been vocal about the Government’s appetite for reforms that will lead to faster economic development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “All countries are striving to do better...and we not only want to be more competitive in each of the areas that we are measured, but we want to do so at a faster pace than the other countries. the prime minister has been vocal about the Government's appetite for reforms that will lead to faster economic development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 11, 2019 2:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke declared : “The agreement covers a number of areas. Not everything has to do with compensation. There are certain things that are service-related, some related to conditions of work, and so forth, and we were able to find a combination of items that over a period of time, met the satisfaction of the members of the force,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We've experienced a lot of positive change coming out of our economic reform, and we will continue with the policies that have generated this unprecedented opportunity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We've experienced a lot of positive change coming out of our economic reform, and we will continue with the policies that have generated this unprecedented opportunity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:48:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Early indicators from the lead broker (Mayberry) are that we have exceeded the number of applications that we wanted, and far exceeded the applications for any of the private sector's IPOs. Far exceeded! There are thousands and thousands and thousands of new participants,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Photo and videos on social media have reflected the unprecedented level of interest, and we are greatly encouraged by that and, as the prime minister said, there will be more such IPOs of government assets to come and we will use the exact same approach — one that is geared towards including all Jamaicans and in particular micro and small investors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “I heard the chairman (Michael McMorris), but we have to start somewhere. I don’t think we have had in any Budget presentation, one that uses the word ‘abolish’ as much as I had the pleasure of doing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 29, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Not only did we abolish the asset tax, which is a scourge on small businesses, where you had to fork over to the Government money, regardless of what’s happening in your business, but we said look, that is not conducive to economic activity and business vibrancy. We want to be aligned to the business, we want to be aligned with small businesses. So, what we did? We abolished the asset tax for non-financial business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 29, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “we have done it in a way to emphasise that we want the widest possible distribution. So we have set it up where the micro people will get filled before the small people and the small people will get filled before the medium people, and the medium will get filled before the large people” External link

jis Friday, April 26, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “we have done it in a way to emphasise that we want the widest possible distribution. So we have set it up where the micro people will get filled before the small people and the small people will get filled before the medium people, and the medium will get filled before the large people” External link

jis Friday, April 26, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “For the first four months of this year, the central bank sold approximately US$160 million into the market, so you can see the trend, a trend where the central bank’s participation in a market driven by private agents has been reduced significantly over time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 26, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “It so happens that that has come at the same time that our reserves in the central bank are at the highest level that they have ever been over the last several months on a net basis and on a non-borrowed basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 26, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Members of the financial community, members of the community of those who are in the market for mortgages and home ownership, and those who want to take advantage of the opportunity that's created by this unprecedented environment, you can act with every confidence that the Government of Andrew Holness, in which I have the privilege of being financial minister, will not be engaged in any policy reversal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Our spending on social support is 60 per cent higher than our spending on social support three or four years ago. Those are tangible gains from our economic reform programme. Anybody interested in policy reversal, you go and talk to the people who have benefited from the 60 per cent increase in social support, talk to the people who have benefited from 100 per cent increase in capital expenditure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It so happens that that has come at the same time that our reserves on the central bank are at the highest level that they have ever been over the last several months, on a net basis and on a non-borrowed basis. It so happens that this transition from an exchange rate that has been characterised by a one-way movement to one of two-way movement, to one of small movements, has also been accompanied by successive reduction of interest rates to levels we never thought possible. It has been accompanied by inflation rates that have been low and stable for a longer period than we ever thought possible. It has been accompanied by employment growth to levels that are record levels in Jamaica's entire history,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 9:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We've experienced a lot of positive change coming out of our economic reform, and we will continue with the policies that have generated this unprecedented period of opportunity for Jamaica,” “For too long throughout our history, we have been in what we call 'policy volatility'. We have borne too much, come too far. The fruits of our sacrifice are much too evident for us to jump on policy reversal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 26, 2019 3:40:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “We have had a lot of foreign investment, but I don’t think domestic investment has yet been unleashed in the way that it can and ultimately will” External link

repeatingislands Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:57:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There is significant unfulfilled demand for housing at the lower end of the market,” “Therefore, we want to stimulate supply and remove barriers to home acquisition. The Government has to allow transactions to take place, and we want to incentivise supply at the lower end” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 22, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “A home can be purchased on a salary of $12,000 per week, given the costs that the NHT has,” “The person can qualify for a zero per cent mortgage and 100 per cent financing. This would cost about 33 per cent of their income” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 22, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “However, we could not attract developers,” “Therefore, much of the price goes into transaction cost that is not attractive for a developer, which is not governmental. By removing the transaction taxes, what we will see is more developers stepping into the market at all price levels” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 22, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “We have had a lot of foreign investment, but I don’t think domestic investment has yet been unleashed in the way that it can and ultimately will” External link

forbes Friday, April 19, 2019 4:22:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke responded : “Why is it not yet achieved?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “We want to continue in that direction, to reduce debt faster than programmed, which will allow us to achieve social and economic expansion and improvement faster than originally expected,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The revised estimates for 2018/19 indicate there is no deviation between expenditure outturns projected in the second supplementary estimates, approved in January, and the third supplementary estimates, which are before us now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Government needs to get out the way of taking the lion’s share of these transactions,” “There is a significant unfulfilled demand in the lower end of the market. ... We want to incentivise supply at the lower end of the market and remove barriers” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica will not be able to achieve its potential without persons venturing out, taking risks, starting a business, providing a good or a service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “We have given credit where credit is due, corrected the record to ensure accuracy and fairness, and accepted the constructive suggestions for improvement offered by the Opposition,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Reduction of GCT was considered, but analysis suggested that this would have less of an impact on the Jamaican economy than removing distortionary transaction taxes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The last time we had this level of Debt to GDP was in 2000/01. The Opposition leader was a senior Cabinet minister at the time. I don't recall any suggestion then by him or anyone else in the Government to reduce the rates of GCT or SCT or to reduce any tax at all,” “It is necessary to remind this House that, in fact, in 2000/01, when the Debt to GDP was last at 96 per cent, the then Government decided to raise taxes on the Jamaican people and proceeded to impose more than $26 billion of taxes over the next three years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “In that position of vulnerability, you don't start tax reduction with reducing your biggest source of taxes, as it is too risky to do so,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Rather, they go hand in hand, and are mutually reinforcing. Higher levels of growth provide the means through which greater levels of equity can be achieved,” “Greater societal equity increases the productive potential of our people and fosters greater social harmony, both of which are conducive to higher economic output,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “When an organisation like the Neal & Massy Group, that has the opportunity to invest anywhere they want, (because) they are in over 19 markets — they can go north, they can go south, they can go east, they can go west — but they choose to set up operations in the insurance business, which is a business that takes risks: This is not a shop, it is a business that comes to Jamaica to take risks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 15, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There are many efforts to improve service delivery in the public sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are not out of the woods. At 96 per cent of debt to GDP (gross domestic product), that leaves us still very vulnerable, and so we have to be very strategic in the range of taxes that we choose to reduce,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Jamaica was forced to confront its difficulties by turning once again to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support,” “Jamaica has had 16 Stand-By and Extended Fund Facility agreements with the IMF since independence, which have had a cumulative length of some 32 years. We cannot be proud of that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is inconsistent with the Jamaican identity — our identity — of a proud and independent people with a message for the world. Yet, for my generation, all we have ever known, is life in and out of structural adjustment programmes with the international community. It falls to my generation — our generation — to change that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “Jamaica's economic reform programme has delivered for Jamaica, is delivering for Jamaica, and will continue to deliver for Jamaica. We must be like Joseph, the son of Jacob, who stocked the barn in good times, so we can retrieve from our own barn in bad times, instead of having to depend on the international community. The Joseph principle should be our principle,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are now 2 ½ years into this precautionary standby Facility with 6 months to go, and, Mr Speaker, I am proud to say that, so far, is moving in the right direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “It is now time to give back, because it is the right thing to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 11, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Set Aside ) : “I intend to table the Set-Aside and Domestic Margin of Preference Orders in this Honourable House in the first quarter of financial year 2019/20,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 11, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Market interest rates for individuals and businesses have never been lower. Many individuals and businesses are now able to access single-digit interest rates on Jamaican dollar loans, something that would have been deemed unattainable, unthinkable a few years ago,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke responded : “It will be any time now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “You can work in the public or private sector and own a piece of the economy of Jamaica…There is no better investment in the world over the last five years than investing in the real economy of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “In that way, we are going to ensure that you, as citizens of Jamaica, people in the public service, people in the private sector who want to participate, who want to own a piece of [the] Jamaican economic story, can do so by their participating in the Wigton IPO,” “And that won't be the last, there will be others that will follow. and we want to ensure that everybody has an opportunity, because this government believes in economic opportunity for all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:22:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Everywhere else in the world that you have had a reduction in transaction taxes, you have seen a massive increase in activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “We are taking a very strategic approach and we intend to lay a document or a paper in Parliament for public discussion as we move along that path,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Government has met all 22 structural benchmarks under the Stand-By Arrangement to date, including eight macro-fiscal structural benchmarks and 14 structural benchmarks for the public sector reform programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “These increased budgetary allocations to expand PATH school feeding, PATH examinations and PATH transportation in addition to the average 16.4 per cent increase in PATH cash grants represent the protection of the vulnerable in action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke insisted : “Everywhere else in the world that you have reductions in transaction taxes, you’ll see a massive increase in activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This project contributes towards increased community safety and violence prevention in 17 economically vulnerable and socially volatile communities and enhances access to basic urban infrastructure and services, including sanitation, water and electricity as well as youth development programmes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “It is now time to give back, because it is the right thing do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Economic opportunity for all means that payments by borrowers will be applied to most outstanding payment first,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This policy helps the student, helps the charitable organisation, helps the vulnerable population served by charities, and helps Jamaica. We are improving access to tertiary education. We are expanding economic opportunity for all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Mr Speaker, we know that taxes punish growth, so for decades, we have patched up the tax system with a slew of tax incentives, which we hope would have spurred growth, but that has failed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We still have the challenge of high debt and growth below what we want. Therefore, we have to give back in a way that is calibrated to have a stimulative impact on growth,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This literally represents economic opportunity for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke insisted : “They are victims of unequal access to services and unequal opportunities in the workplace. If we care about equity and justice, Mr Speaker, we must care about national security, not for some, but for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “We want to ensure that corporations in Jamaica are characterised by competitiveness — where competition drives great deals for consumers and stakeholders. Competition means that the prices that customers and stakeholders receive has the best chance of being the best price possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 8, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "After almost 20 years of tax increases and no new taxes last year, it is now time to give back," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 8, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “The industry is going through changes that are making budgeting (for the call tax) challenging and difficult to anticipate what the overall impact is going to be,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke admitted : “If you look at last year, we would have budgeted $3.2 billion. But, if it is uniform, based on December (figures), it looks like it is going to come out at about $2.7 billion. So it is lower than the $3.2 billion,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This year alone we are seeing a billion dollar or more increase in the revenues. It is shocking the number of places in Jamaica where you have a man standing up on the corner and doing illegal betting. But, they are being disrupted by the activities of the BGLC and, based on the part of Jamaica they have covered so far and the increase in revenues, and the part of Jamaica that is left, that is where this assumption (for the increase revenues) came from,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “More recently the amount that we paid in December was held and to the best of my knowledge was returned only recently,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke announced : "I will ensure that we have the Auditor General Department subject to an audit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 4, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke noted : “The Government of Jamaica has a commitment to have tabled in this Honourable House the Microcredit Act in the month of February — today, being the last Tuesday in February,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 4, 2019 9:44:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Paul-Marie Mpouele ) : “It is in that context that I say foreign direct investment (FDI) from Chinese companies is welcomed to Jamaica. We want those investments to be in win-win ... , where investors win, customers win, employees win, the Jamaican people win, and the Jamaican economy wins,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said ( about Paul-Marie Mpouele ) : “We want to make sure that Chinese investment is accompanied by the requisite levels of training and skills development among the Jamaican people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke observed : “a catastrophic banking crisis in the mid-1990s coupled with the failure of several large state-owned enterprises and lax policy choices plunged Jamaica into a debt spiral. By March 2009, debt was 124 per cent of GDP and interest costs consumed 50.2 per cent of tax revenues. The global financial crisis compounded an already impossible economic situation. Bauxite earnings evaporated, tourism earnings nosedived and nine per cent of private sector jobs were lost” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 1, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “And today, we enjoy a multidimensional relationship that spans economic co-operation, that spans investment, that spans financing and cultural exchanges, and other facets of life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 27, 2019 8:34:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “To ensure successful implementation of these five pillars and the policies and steps that they comprise, it is our intention to [train and] certify 84 change managers across the public sector in the initial phase,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “it will provide an opportunity for public officers to tackle the issues around public-sector transformation and propose solutions for a better public service” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke indicated : “To ensure successful implementation of these five pillars and the policies and steps that they comprise, it is our intention to [train and] certify 84 change managers across the public sector in the initial phase,” External link

jis Friday, February 15, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “it will provide an opportunity for public officers to tackle the issues around public-sector transformation and propose solutions for a better public service” External link

jis Friday, February 15, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Modernising the bank also means we are capitalising the central bank, that is, strengthening its capital base and its financial ability,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “you can expect that the push for financial and market deepening will see a reduction of those prudential numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Without having sustainable fiscal accounts, nothing else can really happen… we can't shy away from that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “Another problem is that because the grades are not compatible, it allows for all kinds of arbitrage… between persons being in this ministry or that [agency] instead of just being [an officer] who has this level of competence. When you have greater transparency about these things, it allows for greater efficiency and satisfaction on the part of the public officer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We are moving in the right direction, and never before have the major variables in our economy been aligned as they are, nor have they ever been as positive, and that is showing up in your lives, our ability to spend on areas that are of concern to you,” “If you want the prosperity to continue, then it is important for you to be mobilised, for you to be motivated, and for you to ensure that Jamaica remains under the governance of the Jamaica Labour Party, under the Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke disclosed : “Eventually, it will be in the quarterly (GDP) numbers, but from September 2020, it will be in the annual numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Also, what will happen in September 2020 is that the previous years will be revised to take into account research activity over those years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : “By doing so, we will be making our intention clear that research is fundamentally important to the growth and development of Jamaica, but we need to do it in a way that can be sustainably maintained. We have priority areas where knowledge needs to be developed, and further allocation from this pool to research activities will be done on a competitive basis and will be aligned with those priorities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke contended : “We need to measure exactly how much we’re spending on research and where it is coming from so we can set goals going forward. If we don’t start from a basis of knowing exactly where we are, done by ourselves, not by some publication outside, then we won’t know how to set goals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We want to get to a place where policy is driven by research into our own unique situations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke argued : “One of the things we need to promote and entrench in Jamaica is a culture that promotes the acquisition of human knowledge as a goal and as an end in itself; a culture built on the recognition that all knowledge, regardless of where it originated, is the inheritance of the entire human race,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated : “Between 2015 and 2016 approximately 57 percent of the growth in employment that we enjoyed in Jamaica came from the Global Services sector so it is a sector that we need to focus on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke pointed out : “The upgrade reflects Jamaica's macroeconomic performance, in particular the track record of strong fiscal discipline reflected in sustained high primary surpluses over the last six years, which have contributed to the significant reduction in the Debt to GDP ratio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 1, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : “In another few months, or maybe weeks, I will be outlining a strategic approach to the problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We have a sort of three-year plan to upgrade the tax offices across the country, to make them more customer-friendly, and to take some of the heavy activities that are repetitive and move them into other areas, so that the ones that require more time and more customer interface have that space,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in Government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country's) advantage over the long term,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country's) advantage over the long-term,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country’s) advantage over the long-term,” External link

jis Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The process will seek to identify the best-suited candidate to lead the newly modernised Bank of Jamaica in achieving its mandate to serve the interests of the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:12:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “So the increased economic activity that we are seeing is generating increased revenues that are being used in a way to ensure that the cycle continues, and the benefits are spread wide,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 21, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "It is misplaced and grounded in reading the newspaper reports on what is happening in other countries," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "The time will soon come that the finances for infrastructure projects will come from you," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “The Local Government Ministry is working with the Ministry of National Security to ensure that in the January-March phase, priority is given to areas that have traditionally suffered from high rates of violence against the person and violence against property,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 18, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : ”When you look at the increases in tax revenues that we are seeing, we are seeing it in PAYE, although PAYE has been removed for more than 80 per cent of the people. So, how come PAYE is still over-performing! Well, it reflects what is happening in the economy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 18, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "The Baby Club was an absolute gem to make and be a part of. It's not often you find a programme that just warms your heart but this is definitely one" External link

tamworthherald Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “There are over 200 countries in the world with maybe half or more of these countries with stock exchanges and, yet, Jamaica was the best performing equity market over the last five years of all countries in the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "There are over 200 countries in the world, with maybe half or more of these countries with stock exchanges, and yet, Jamaica was the best-performing equity market over the last five years of all countries in the world," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 8, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “That, to me, would be more consistent with the respect that we want to afford to members of police force,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 15, 2018 2:43:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke told : "There is always darkness before the dawn, something of a truism of life, and it's no less true here. We just had some last-mile issues to sort out, and those issues were sorted out," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "Our negotiations about wages and compensation over all these years have taken place in the context of high-inflation regimes. For other countries that have a history of long and stable inflation, the wage and salary part of their negotiations is quite straightforward and simple," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:47:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke stated ( about Commission ) : “This Commission will review the governance arrangements, investment policies, asset allocation and risk management of the Fund, and appraise and evaluate the fund performance against returns and best practices in the private sector pension fund industry as well as benchmark against similar national funds in other jurisdictions. We want to ensure that contributors and pensioners always have the confidence that the NIF is invested in their best interest over the long term, and, that it abides by the highest standards of transparency, while delivering competitive investment returns” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 14, 2018 7:21:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Currently the asset mix of the NIF consists of: 64 per cent fixed income, primarily Jamaican; 15 per cent equities, primarily Jamaican; 19 per cent Jamaica real estate; and two per cent Jamaican mortgages and loans. It is arguable whether this is the appropriate asset allocation for the NIF at this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 14, 2018 3:39:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “Currently the asset mix of the NIF consists of: 64 per cent fixed income, primarily Jamaican; 15 per cent equities, primarily Jamaican; 19 per cent Jamaica real estate; and two per cent Jamaican mortgages and loans. It is arguable whether this is the appropriate asset allocation for the NIF at this time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:58:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "I am absolutely serious about improving corporate governance in the public sector. Without public trust, democracies cannot thrive, and so it is in the national interest to do everything that we can to increase public trust in the State," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “This is an inevitable move to ensure that the Fund remains sustainable and viable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:50:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “So, if PCJ went ahead and invested in the unit and needed to borrow the funds they would have to borrow it from within the Government. The proposals came to the Government to lend the US$100 million to PCJ. That loan was executed earlier this year and the funds transmitted to PCJ, (but) things have occurred since, and that project has not started, and therefore the funds are not being used,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:33:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When you serve on a public board, your role and function is not allegiance to some party... your allegiance is to the people of Jamaica and to the governance principles under which you were appointed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 7, 2018 9:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke explained : “So you need an engineer to sit on the board of the NHT (National Housing Trust), you need somebody who has accounting skills to sit on the board of the UDC (Urban Development Corporation), for example, the technical secretariat could say, 'Here is a list of people who have the requisite skills', and it will be a broad list,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 7, 2018 9:29:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “When you see 50,000 jobs being added in a year in Jamaica and most of the jobs going to young people, it is absolutely encouraging that we are moving in the right direction. We have to ensure the earnings of those 50,000 people are spending on goods and services being provided by Jamaicans,” External link

jis Wednesday, November 8, 2017 7:59:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “once we get this programme (going) and…the private sector moving in tandem with the public sector, we expect to break the bottleneck of housing demand and delivery and address the market (needs) that currently exists…particularly at the low-income segment” External link

jis Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke contended : “if we unleash the energy of private enterprise, we believe that we can do much more as far as affordable housing is concerned” “So the NHT (is putting) in place this arrangement in order to engender significant acceleration in the number of houses brought to market and, at the same time, a significant reduction in the time it takes from conceptualization to delivery,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:32:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "Between 2000 and now, there is no year where the number of NHT housing solutions have been more than we have done for the nine months of this year," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:25:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : "And when the year is finished, we will be at 5,500 housing solutions. You would have to go back 20 years to find a year when the NHT would have done more," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:25:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "This development (Ruthven Towers) is the kind of place that young professionals want to be. Indeed, we see this being positioned as the jewel of New Kingston," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:08:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : “What we need is greater efficiency in the private and public sectors. Greater efficiency means getting more value for each dollar spent…getting more out of the tax dollars that Jamaicans pay,” External link

jis Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:24:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke wrote : “This is just a small part of what needs to be done. In the months going forward, we commit to looking at ways to make the NHT more efficient, more effective and more relevant. We must constantly rethink our tools, systems, strategies, and our repsonses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 11, 2016 9:25:00 AM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "The F-PACE is our first SUV, and latest addition to the growing Jaguar range. We are committed to developing high-performance luxury vehicles that cater to the needs of our customers all over the world," External link

allafrica Friday, May 20, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke said : "Sports cars are part of Jaguar's DNA, and we've used this expertise to develop the F-PACE to be engaging to drive, while offering excellent interior space and superb practicality," External link

allafrica Friday, May 20, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Nigel Clarke added : "I accepted an invitation to serve my country and, since receiving the instrument of appointment from His Excellency the Governor General, in November 2013, I have considered it a privilege to do so. The opportunity may arise for me to again serve my country and I would be happy to do so under the right circumstances," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 13, 2015 8:13:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
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chairman8.54%EN05/08/201708/05/2017
growth council deputy chairman1.22%EN11/08/201608/11/2016
economic growth council deputy chairman1.22%EN11/08/201608/11/2016
deputy8.54%EN11/07/201607/11/2016
businessmen3.66%EN11/06/201606/11/2016
financial secretary2.44%EN10/13/201613/10/2016
secretary2.44%EN10/13/201613/10/2016
businessman1.22%EN06/13/201613/06/2016
ceo4.88%EN05/28/201628/05/2016
director4.88%EN09/01/201401/09/2014
jefe1.22%ES01/10/201410/01/2014
senator4.88%EN01/05/201405/01/2014
Names Lang Count
Nigel ClarkeEN98.99%
Nigel ClarkeES1.01%


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Charles Jr said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “Target dates have been set. I know Minister (of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel) Clarke is pushing for them to be done by this year and I would say at latest the early quarter of 2020,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 6, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Richard Pandohie said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “Implementation of the Government's procurement policy, which will reserve a portion of the annual GOJ procurement contracts for Jamaican MSMEs, will represent a game-changing development for the nation's MSME community — given that the purchase of goods, services and works consumes a huge portion of the nation's annual public sector budget. This is a policy that the JMEA has been advocating for since 2004, and we are optimistic that this will now become a reality as announced by Finance Minister Nigel Clarke during his opening presentation in the 2019/2010 Budget Debate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:25:00 AM EAT

Ruel Reid told ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “They know the staff complement of UTech is to be regularised before there can be any consideration for adjustment. Those technical works have not yet been completed, and they are also to have a further meeting with Mr [Nigel] Clarke (finance minister) to look at the overall submission … so I am just saying that they are very much aware that there is a process. There is anxiety, but there is a process to be pursued, and we are not at the end of the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:26:00 PM EAT

Ruel Reid said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : “They know the staff complement of UTech is to be regularised before there can be any consideration for adjustment. Those technical works have not yet been completed, and they are also to have a further meeting with Mr [Nigel] Clarke (finance minster) to look at the overall submission … . So I am just saying that they are very much aware that there is a process. There is anxiety, but there is a process to be pursued, and we are not at the end of the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Nigel Clarke ) : "It is now time, after 40 years, that a strategic review be done of the NHT ... . I have given directions to the chairman of the board, Ambassador Nigel Clarke, for him to start, in short order, a strategic review," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 11, 2016 8:19:00 AM EAT