JAMAICA: PM in no hurry to appoint new national security advisor - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / Jamaica Observer / Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he’s not in a hurry to appoint a new national security advisor given the sensitive nature of the job. “One wants to take the time to make sure that you find the right person to put in that position. So it’s not something that I am going to be in a hurry to fill just yet. I have to be certain, because that person has to have a broad grasp of Government,” Holness told the Jamaica Observer last Wednesday in an interview at Jamaica House.

The newspaper had asked the prime minister about the positions of national security advisor and chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) because Major General Antony Anderson, the man who held both posts, took office as Jamaica’s new commissioner of police on March 19.

General Anderson, the former Jamaica Defence force chief of defence staff, was named Jamaica’s first national security advisor by Holness on November 11, 2016, and took office on December 1 that year.

At the time of the announcement, Jamaica House pointed out that the national security advisor is the principal technical advisor to the Government and that the creation of the position was “consistent with international best practices in other jurisdictions such as United Kingdom, Canada, United States, India, Australia, and in the pursuance of strategic national security management”.

“The creation of the Office of the National Security Advisor is a critical move in supporting and coordinating Jamaica’s national security super structure,” the Jamaica House statement said.

The holder of the position is required to advise the prime minister and the minister of national security, through the National Security Council, on matters of internal and external security affairs which broadly include defence, crime and security, and public safety-related policy and strategy, inter-agency cooperation, partner nation engagement, and regional and international security.

In relation to the FLA chair, Holness explained that the composition of the board is the purview of the minister of national security minister.

“I think he may have people already considering. I haven’t yet seen any submissions. They may very well come to Cabinet soon,” the prime minister said.

General Anderson was named chairman of a new five-member FLA board last October in what was seen as a move by the Government to clean up the agency which has been infected by corruption in recent years.

“The mandate to the new authority is to go in, enhance the systems that are there, clean out the corruption that they would have hit upon, and make the FLA that agency that is beyond reproach,” National Security Minister Robert Montague said at a news briefing at his ministry at the time.

JAMAICA: PM in no hurry to appoint new national security advisor

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