Licence Information Database (PLID)
The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is mandated
by Section 4 (1) (b) of the Contractor General Act “... to monitor the grant,
issue, suspension or revocation of any prescribed licence, with a view to
ensuring that the circumstances of such grant, issue, suspension or revocation
do not involve impropriety or irregularity and, where appropriate, to examine
whether such licence is used in accordance with the terms and conditions
A “Prescribed Licence” is defined by Section 2 of the
Contractor General Act as “any licence, certificate, quota, permit or warrant
issued or granted pursuant to any enactment by a Public Body or an officer
Pursuant to its mandate, the OCG has embarked upon a
systematic process of collecting and collating vital information and data which
is related to the prescribed licensing activities, processes and requirements
of Government of Jamaica Public Bodies. By way of a formal OCG Statutory
Requisition, which was dated May 7, 2009, 195 Public Bodies were directly
required to furnish information regarding their prescribed licensing
activities, if any, to the OCG.
The information which was furnished, together with
supporting pieces of licensing legislation and other pertinent data which was
retrieved by the OCG from the Internet, have been painstakingly researched,
collated and entered into an OCG Prescribed Licence Information Database (PLID)
which was designed and developed in-house by the OCG for this purpose.
The PLID web portal, which has now been formally
launched, will be
utilized by the OCG in its monitoring of the prescribed licensing activities of
Government of Jamaica Public Bodies. Very importantly, however, the Database will
also serve as a central and ‘one-stop’ information facility for members
of the Public, Public Bodies, Government Regulatory Authorities and the Media.
These stakeholders will be able to access a wealth of vital and continuously
updated information regarding the prescribed licensing activities, processes
and requirements of Government of Jamaica Public Bodies. Contact information
for each listed Public Body is also provided in the PLID.
The PLID is a comprehensive and extensive Database. It
currently covers over 190 Public Bodies and more than 600 different kinds of
Prescribed Government Licences. Once the OCG expands the Database and begins to
populate it with additional data which will be secured from its monitoring
activities, an unprecedented level of public transparency as regards Public
Body licensing matters, together with a heightened degree of accountability and
probity on the part of the affected Public Bodies, will be automatically
realized in consequence of this unique OCG initiative.
Description of Links to the PLID
There are two links which are provided below to
facilitate access to the PLID. The first, “General Public – View Prescribed
Licence Information”, can be freely used by anyone to access the PLID
and to view all of the information which is stored in the Database.
The second link, “Public
Bodies Only - View and Edit Prescribed Licence Information”, is password protected and is accessible only to
the Accounting or Principal Officers of the listed Public Bodies or to any
other person who is so authorized by an Accounting or Principal Officer. This
link should be utilized by a Public Body solely for the purpose of updating,
maintaining and/or verifying the accuracy of the information in the PLID which
relates to it. Under cover of letter which was dated November 27, 2009, the OCG
has provided a unique password to each listed Public Body to facilitate its
access to this link.
Conditions of Use, Caveats and Disclaimers
The OCG is unable to warrant the accuracy of the
information which is contained in the PLID.
The PLID contains information which has been supplied
to the OCG by the listed Public Bodies. The information was furnished, in
writing, in response to a formal OCG Statutory Requisition which was directed
to all listed Public Bodies.
The OCG, in some instances, has supplemented the
furnished information with additional data which it has obtained from the
reasonable precaution has been taken by the OCG
to accurately enter the referenced information into the
typographical or other errors are identified in the PLID, and are
brought to the OCG's attention, the OCG will do all that is
reasonably possible to ensure that they are
All listed Pubic Bodies have been formally required by
the OCG, by way of letter dated November 27, 2009, to diligently peruse the
PLID to ensure that the entered information, as it pertains to them, is
entirely accurate. The referenced Public Bodies have also been required, on a
continuous basis, to verify, update and maintain the accuracy of the
information which is stored in the PLID.
It is a criminal offence under the Contractor General
Act for any person to fail, without lawful justification or excuse, to comply
with a lawful requirement of a Contractor General, or to wilfully make a false
statement to mislead a Contractor General.
Persons who use the PLID are encouraged to directly
contact a listed Public Body with any questions or enquires which they may have
regarding that Public Body’s prescribed licensing activities, processes or
requirements. Should you, however, have any questions about the PLID which you
believe the OCG can assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact the OCG.
on the appropriate link below.