To achieve this objective, the Bank supervises the activities of deposit-taking entities. In addition, the Bank seeks to promote the development of the local financial markets, and regulates and supports the major clearing and settlement systems. The Foreign Exchange section provides current and historical information on the movements of major currencies in relation to the Jamaican dollar. The section also provides powerful search techniques for users to manipulate the data and generate customize reports. Under the Bank of Jamaica Act, the central bank has sole authority for the issue of notes and coins used in Jamaica.
The Bank of Jamaica publishes in the daily newspaper each quarter, balance sheet data for commercial banks, building societies and licensees under the Financial Institutions Act . Such financial data is based on unaudited prudential returns submitted by the licensees to the Bank of Jamaica which are required to be certified by the licensee ‘s management as reflecting a true and fair representation of the affairs and condition of the institution at the reporting date. The Bank of Jamaica is committed to providing information on its activities on a timely and continuous basis. In this regard, this section is designed to provide access to all major releases compiled by the Bank of Jamaica.