Businessman and philanthropist Joe Issa, who chairs the advisory board of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), congratulates the agency’s new chief executive officer (CEO), Andrew Wynter, and wishes him well in the top post.
Wynter was appointed last September to act in the position following the exit of Jennifer McDonald, whose contract at PICA had come to an end. During that period, Wynter retained oversight of his substantive post of Senior Director, Investigation and Surveillance Unit (ISU).
Issa, who is executive chairman of the hugely successful Cool Corp, said, “Mr. Wynter is very experienced at PICA and is well poised to make a big contribution to achieving our objectives…He has served PICA well in the past and I am sure he will do an excellent job as CEO.”
The Cool Group founder was responding in an interview, to the announcement of the appointment by National Security Minister, Robert Montague, during his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 25.
In acknowledging the contribution made by the out-going CEO, Minister Montague described McDonald as a “fine public servant”. Issa too, noted “she has done a fine job at PICA…I wish her well going forward.”
In his new job, Wynter will be mandated to direct the agency’s major tasks of “accepting and processing passport applications, managing Jamaica’s immigration processes and handling matters in relation to application for and renunciation of Jamaican citizenship,” according to PICA’s website.
PICA processes applications for visitors, skilled workers, entrepreneurs, refugees and those reporting lost, stolen, damaged or found immigration documents. The executive agency also processes applications for citizenship.
Informing that PICA partners with other agencies in fulfilling its mandate, Issa adds that “Mr. Wynter will be working closely with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), in a necessary alliance with PICA in protecting Jamaica’s borders.” In this regard, Issa is said to have welcomed the recently-appointed Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Rocky Meade.
Stating he trusted Meade “to protect all citizens and the country from internal and external threats,” Issa said, “I believe he is qualified for the job after serving as deputy for five years. I am happy for him and look forward to working with him, as the JDF and PICA partner to secure Jamaica’s borders.”
In the thrust towards achieving PICA’s objectives, Issa said, “Mr. Wynter will be guided by several pieces of law governing the agency’s operations.” These include The Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizen) Act, The Jamaica Nationality Act, The Alien’s Act, The Passport Act and Regulations, The Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizens (Employment) Act, The Caribbean community (Free Movement) of Skilled Persons Act, The Executive Agencies Act 2002, and The Financial Administration and Audit Act.