So says the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in a press release which noted that Cabinet, on Friday completed its three-day Retreat where issues related to the preparations for the 2018/19 Budget, national security and public sector wage negotiations were discussed.
According to the release, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Cabinet examined current crime and public order challenges and formulated strategies to urgently address them.
It was instructed that the National Security Council be brought in to meet this Monday to consider and operationalise the strategies coming out of the Cabinet Retreat.
More than 1600 individuals were killed in 2017, and the country saw over 40 murders in the first nine days of this year.
The United States has also categorised Jamaica as 'Level 2' on its new tiered travel advisory scale, warning Americans to "exercise increased caution" when travelling to the island due to the high crime rate.
The other areas were the budget, for which the Cabinet examined plans and projections for the 2018/19 fiscal year to be tabled in the estimates of expenditure, and public sector wage negotiations.
OPM said Prime Minister Andrew Holness would be shortly convening a meeting with the heads of the various bargaining units to discuss the current wage negotiation and the way forward.
- Countries: Jamaica