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Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies

The Department has the responsibility for administering the Co-operative Societies Act; the Friendly Societies Act; the Industrial and Provident Act;  the Agricultural Loan Societies and Approved Organizations and their respective Regulations and is designated Charities Authority under the Charities Act 2013. Its objectives are to facilitate the establishment of Registered Charitable Organizations; Co-operative Societies; Societies registered under the Friendly Societies Act; Industrial and Provident Societies; Agricultural Loan Societies and Approved Organization and to supervise their operations.

The Department’s mandate under the Jurisdiction of the Acts and Regulations is focused primarily at ensuring the safety of these organization’s assets, the protection of Members' savings and investments and the protection of other stakeholders interests.  Its functions include:-

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Registration of Societies and their Rules
  • Registration of Agricultural Loan Society and Approved Organizations
  • Approval of Charitable Status
  • Approval and Certification of amended Rules
  • Financial  Audits and Investigations
  • Operational Audits
  • Suspension of Registration
  • Amalgamation and Transfer of Engagement of Societies.
  • Cancellation of Registration
  • Facilitation of Inquiries and the Settlement of Disputes through Arbitration
  • Liquidation
  • Institutional Strengthening and Development of Groups and Societies to become viable enterprises 
  • Education and Training of members, Volunteers and employees of Groups and Societies to upgrade their skills and enhance performance in the operation of the Societies.


2 Musgrave Avenue
Kingston 10
Tel: 927-4912/927-6572 or 978-1946
Fax: 927-5832
St. James
10 Delisser Drive,
Montego Bay, St. James
Tel/Fax: 952-7913


C/o      Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Complex
23 Caledonia Road
Mandeville P.O
Tel: 613-7602

927-4912 / 927-6572 / 978-1946
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The Ministry

Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce is described as Jamaica's "Business Ministry." It's mandate is to lead the development of policies that will create growth and jobs, while achieving social inclusion and consumer protection. The Ministry, working its stakeholders is primarily responsible for business policy development, monitoring and evaluation, while giving direction and oversight to a cluster of implementing departments and agencies.

We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiasm into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.


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Telephone: (876) 968-7116 
Fax: (876) 960-7422 

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Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



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