This serves to introduce Mrs. Pamella C. Folkes, Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Mrs. Folkes has given twenty-seven years, and counting, in the public service.
For nineteen years she served in tax administration, where she worked in the Collector General’s Department, the Income Tax Department as a Revenue Agent and the Taxpayer Audit & Assessment Department as Assistant Commissioner in charge of Region 2. She later served as Principal Director and Chief Technical Director in the Financial Investigations Division during the period 2008 to 2010. In 2011 she was asked to serve as Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance in the office of the Financial Secretary, and later as head of the Taxation Policy Division. During her tenure as Deputy Financial Secretary, she served in 2017 as acting Commissioner of Customs.
Mrs. Folkes is a trained Revenue Agent and Chartered Accountant by profession. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of the West Indies, majoring in Finance and International Trade.
As Deputy Financial Secretary, Mrs. Folkes provides expert advice and guidance and procedural interpretation to all stakeholders and she represents the interest of the Government of Jamaica on issues relating to tax policy. She also negotiates acceptance of recommendation on policy reform and acts as arbitrator in settling differences in the interpretation of policies between tax administration and the public. She provides recommendations to the Honourable Minister of Finance for discretionary tax relief under the several Taxation Acts.
Mrs. Folkes is a mother of three and enjoys reading and gardening.