He was speaking at a meeting involving personnel from the Ministry of Health held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.
He said the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations, 2013 has resulted in Jamaica satisfying many of the time bound requirements. Dr. Szilagyi assured that the country will continue to have access to international assistance as the Government works towards implementing other aspects of the Treaty.
“The Needs Assessment is a very important step in satisfying Jamaica’s obligations under the FCTC. I want to make it clear that the team is here to assist, not to undertake any kind of inspection. One of the major points to be made this week is that the FCTC is comprehensive. This means that its implementation requires a comprehensive approach and the participation of all sectors, not just the Ministry of Health,” Dr. Szilagyi said.
The team is in Jamaica from today until August 22, 2014 to conduct a joint Needs Assessment and examine the country’s progress towards achieving the objectives of the Articles within the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The Needs Assessment exercise is coordinated jointly by the Convention Secretariat along with countries that are Parties to the Convention in order to identify their specific technical and financial needs and the gaps which restrain their fulfilling the objectives under the terms of the FCTC.
During the week, discussions will be undertaken with key stakeholders, including, Government Ministries, international organizations and development partners.
Jamaica signed the FCTC in 2003 and ratified the treaty in 2005.