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Board of the Spectrum Management Authority undaunted by Dr. Wheatley’s assertions
Kingston, April 21, 2015: The Board of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) notes with concern the assertions made by Dr. Andrew Wheatley in the Jamaica Observer article published on Monday, April 20, 2015 titled “Wheatley calls for audit of Spectrum Management Authority”.
The current Board of the SMA, with the exception of two (2) members, was first appointed in February 2012, at which time the post of Managing Director was vacant. In light of the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) objective to establish a single Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Regulator, the Board deliberated, sought and received the support of the Ministry of Finance and Planning for the Director, Spectrum Engineering, a member of the senior management team with over 24 years engineering experience, to act as the Managing Director. This arrangement has been consistently monitored by the Board within the context of work being executed by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) in establishing the single ICT Regulator.
MSTEM has advised, having sought and received grant funding from the Inter-American Development Bank to undertake a consultancy to assess the framework required for the establishment and implementation of the single ICT Regulator, that the work of the Consultant is now complete and the Ministry is in the process of implementing the recommendations of the Consultant, which includes, among other things, a review of the Telecommunications Act.
The Board of the SMA is confident that the performance of the organization has not been negatively impacted by the ‘acting’ arrangement.
In fact, as confirmed by the external audits conducted for FY 2011/12 by BDO and for FY’s 2012/13 and 2013/14 conducted by KPMG, the Authority has been effectively executing its mandate to manage the radio frequency spectrum. This information is reflected in the SMA’s Annual Reports which are available at www.sma.gov.jm.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board has no objection to an audit.