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Senior civil servants, along with officials from the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society, will have the opportunity to learn more about Government’s proposed changes to the liquor licences legislation this week.

This is when the Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce hosts a national consultation this Friday, October 11, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.

A key aim of the exercise is to update stakeholders on the several initiatives that should soon be introduced under the new regime. Several stakeholders are also expected to make presentations to Government and provide feedback on the draft Bill.

The Ministry, in collaboration with the Working Group established by Cabinet, has been working to modernize the liquor licence regime and move administrative responsibility of liquor licences from the Magistracy to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under the Ministry.

As such, draft legislation has been prepared to repeal and replace the Liquor Licences Act Cap. 182 with the Liquor Licences Bill, 2019 and the Liquor Licences (Fees) Regulations, 2019.

Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce, Dwight Sutherland, will deliver remarks at the consultation, which runs from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

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