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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy and part of the Commonwealth realm.

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Regulations
January 2017
Jamaica

This Order, made under section 5 of the Town and Country Planning Act, provides for a wide variety of matters regarding the administration and development of the Saint Mary Parish Development Area as described in the First Schedule.

Legislation
February 2016
Jamaica

This Act concerns the development, regulation, construction, management and control of Special Economic Zones in Jamaica. It establishes the Special Economic Zone Authority, which shall be a body corporate. It also creates a Special Economic Zone Fund.

Regulations
May 2015
Jamaica

This Order, made under section 7 of the Town and Country Planning Act, confirms and amends the Town and Country Planning (Trelawny Parish) Provisional Development Order, 2013. Minor amendments are made to provisions concerning, among other things, use classes, a planning role for the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, and the list of national monuments.

Regulations
April 2015
Jamaica

This Order, made under section 7 of the Town and Country Planning Act, confirms and amends the Town and Country Planning (Portland Parish) Provisional Development Order, 2013. Minor amendments are made to provisions concerning, among other things, the Environmental Action Program, the Agricultural Land Use Classification System and the protection of agricultural lands.

Regulations
April 2015
Jamaica

This Order, made under section 7 of the Town and Country Planning Act, confirms and amends the Town and Country Planning (Manchester Parish) Provisional Development Order, 2013. Minor amendments are made to provisions concerning, among other things, use classes, permitted development and conservation of built environment.

Regulations
April 2015
Jamaica

This Order amends the Natural Resources (Prescribed Areas) (Prohibition of Categories of Enterprise, Construction and Development) Order, 1996 to provide for transitional arrangements with respect to a permit for an undertaking any category of enterprise, construction or development to which the requirement for a permit did not apply before 1 April 2015 and to modify the list of enterprise, con

Regulations
April 2015
Jamaica

These Regulations amend the Natural Resources Conservation (Permits and Licences) Regulations 1996 by replacing regulation 3 relating to a grant of a permit to undertake an enterprise, construction or development of a prescribed description or category and by inserting new regulations (7A-D) on the grant of a renewal of a permit.

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