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Jamaica: IMF Stays Silent On NIDS, Wants Integrity Commission Empowered

IMF officials have opted not to weigh in on the implications of the court ruling on Jamaica’s National Identification System, NIDS, even though it forms part of the policies for implementation under the social safety net reforms being undertaken by the Government.

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, had required the Jamaican Government to complete a two-stage procurement process for acquiring a national identification system for residents and citizens by August 2018, a date which was subsequently revised.

The implementation target was delayed beyond the revised date of January 2019 to March 2019, according to the fifth review under Jamaica’s standby agreement with the IMF released this week.

On April 12, the Full Court, comprising Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton, unanimously ruled that the National Identification and Registration Act, the legislation which would give effect to the National Identification System, was unconstitutional.

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