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MOWH to submit Market Me contracts for PAC review

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is on Tuesday (July 28) to receive a report from the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOWH) regarding contracts awarded to Market Me.

The marketing firm has been at the centre of controversy over contracts awarded to it by the MOWH after allegations surfaced about a personal relationship between the minister and a director of the company, that may have influenced business dealings.

Following the controversy, the PAC had indicated that it wanted to examine the contracts, with members expected to review the documents in time for a sitting of the committee come Wednesday.

PAC Chairman Dr Wykeham McNeill told a local radio station that the documents will serve as a guide for further discussions on the matter.

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The PAC is expected to ask questions about how the firm ended up making an unsolicited proposal to the ministry regarding the physical fitness program, Jamaica Moves, and how it came to be accepted.

In a statement put out by Market Me on the issue, the company refuted claims by Permanent Secretary in the ministry that the firm would be handing over the rights to the Jamaica Moves brand come August.

Instead in a statement issued by the marketing firm it said it had “conceptualized and pursued” the Jamaica Moves brand initiative.

The company further said it had raised in excess of 75 million through the private sector to fund the initiative.

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