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registrar of D.C.F.S


joined the Department in 1980 and was assigned to the Audit Section. He was promoted to Supervisor within a reasonable short period. He had a passion for financial matters and so he further built on the training he received on the job by doing extensive research on financial matters. Read more...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CO-OPERATIVES: Co-operatives ensures no one is left behind

Dear Co-operators,

As the world commemorates July 1, 2017 as International Day of Co-operatives, let us reflect on the invaluable contribution that the Co-operative Movement has given to the Nation in sectors such as agriculture, marketing and finance just to name a few.

In Jamaica, the Co-operative Movement having its genesis approximately ninety (90) years ago has served as a vehicle of change and hope in times of economic hardship and social challenges. Read more...

Hanover and Montego Credit Unions merge to form Gateway

The merger of the Hanover and Montego Co-operative Credit Unions to form what is now the Gateway Co-operative Credit Union (2017) Limited officially came into effect on January 3.

The new entity is the newest credit union in Jamaica and has two branches in western Jamaica: Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay; and Main Street in Lucea, Hanover. The Gateway Co-operative Credit Union will boast membership of approximately 70,000 and total assets of $6.1 billion. Read more...

Agriculture Records High Growth

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says agricultural production recorded tremendous growth over the last two quarters.

“The quarter up to June, we had an increase over last year of 13.5 per cent. I understand that the figure coming out for the end of September is about 13.9 per cent over last year for that quarter,” he added. Read more...

Co-operative democracy being eroded

Very often, the abuse of the Westminster model of legislature in Jamaica, where there are so many ‘garrison constituencies’ is lamented as an erosion of democracy. But the erosion is not only at that level, but at the grass roots level as well, namely the clubs, associations and co-operatives. In any co-operative, the supreme authority is the annual general meeting (AGM). In the early days of co-operatives, especially the credit unions, this important aspect was emphasised. Read more...






Background of D.C.F.S

The Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), an agency within the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries,, continues its relentless pursuit of social equity and unity of purpose, which embrace the core values of decency, civility and co-operation. Read more...