JIS on Path to ISO 90012015 Certification

ISO Certification is part of the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is on a path to achieving certification in ISO 9001:2015 this year.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on July 16.ISO Certification is part of the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.The objective is to raise the quality of service across the public sector, with an emphasis on executive agencies.One of the requirements is to integrate quality management (QM) principles in the agency’s daily activities, and provide the foundation to enhance performance.A quality management system manual is being developed, which outlines the JIS’s commitment to leadership; communications and engagement of people; a process approach; improvement; customer focus; risk and opportunity as well as evidence-based decision-making; and relationship management.The certification project is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.Mr. Henry further informed that the JIS has operationalised a programme to manage the agency’s intellectual property (IP).This, he said, follows the development of an IP Policy Manual, which directs the agency on the management and protection of its assets by providing procedural guidance.“The development and implementation of the policy forms part of the agency’s modernisation thrust as we align the deployment of cutting-edge equipment and technologies with globally relevant management systems and tools,” Mr. Henry said.He noted that the treatment and management of IP has become a critical component of the agency’s functions.Mr. Henry told the House that there has been increased demand for JIS content for use locally and internationally by creative and media enterprises, for websites, social media, as well as derivative productions, such as documentaries. The JIS information is also used for teaching and instruction.“An Intellectual Property Management Committee (IPMC) has been formed and is responsible for the administration of this policy, and for its periodic review and revision,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Henry said the programme to convert the JIS archives to digital format is in full operation, following the award of a grant in the sum of $28.78 million.“The digitisation of content in the photo, television, radio and research and publications archives will set the stage for an integrated approach to transitioning from analogue to digital operations,” he told the House.Minister Henry informed that the JIS continues to expand its social media footprint on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, increasing engagement with the younger demographic.He cited the Studio 58A Facebook live interview programme as an increasingly popular communication tool, which allows the agency to receive immediate feedback from the public. Story Highlights The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is on a path to achieving certification in ISO 9001:2015 this year. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on July 16. read more

CAC Calls on Parents to Check for Counterfeit Products

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is urging parents to be wary of counterfeit products during their back-to-school shopping. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is urging parents to be wary of counterfeit products during their back-to-school shopping.Director of Communications, CAC, Latoya Halstead, told JIS News that parents should be careful of purchasing severely marked down items.“You might be thinking that you are getting a deal when in fact it could be a knock-off. So, you are paying money out of pocket for something that you are thinking is going to last, but in two to three months it will no longer be useful because it’s not authentic,” she explained.Ms. Halstead recommended that parents conduct research before purchasing items, such as shoes and bags for their children.“Go online to see exactly what the tags should be like and the branding of the item to see exactly what it ought to be, so when you go into the store, you already have an idea of what it should look like,” she said.Ms. Halstead encouraged parents to spend time checking items when they are in the physical store.“Upon having that item in your hand, observe to see if there is any nefarious etching, if the label doesn’t look right, spelling errors and if you don’t see the tag that should be there, then those are red flags,” she added.The CAC Director of Communications also shared advice for parents on the issue of purchasing textbooks.“It is very important that parents walk with their booklist, check the edition of the book, the author and the publisher. Outside of keeping your receipt, do not wrap the books or write the name of the child in the book until you have verified if they will be used with the teacher,” she advised.Ms. Halstead also recommended that parents explore purchasing books from parents whose children are older.“Children use a whole lot of workbooks, but there are still books that can be utilised again and also check bookstores that sell used books,” she added. “You might be thinking that you are getting a deal when in fact it could be a knock-off. So, you are paying money out of pocket for something that you are thinking is going to last, but in two to three months it will no longer be useful because it’s not authentic,” she explained. Director of Communications, CAC, Latoya Halstead, told JIS News that parents should be careful of purchasing severely marked down items. Story Highlights read more