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JMA endorses security oversight committee

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 2:23 PM

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) said it welcomes the Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC) launched by Minister of National Security, Robert Montague on Thursday, noting that in June it had advocated for such a body.

“The JMA is deeply disturbed by the continuing escalation of violent crimes in Jamaica and has long called for more bold and creative solutions to the dilemma,” the Association said in a release.

“Crime is a serious matter that requires serious solutions and all facets of society must put their shoulder to the plough and effect change,” it added.

In that regard, the JMA called on Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting to accept the invitation extended by the Minister to join the committee.

“To successfully address crime and injustice, both government and opposition need to have consensus on the initiatives and outcomes,” the release said.

The JMA said it is critical to understand that “we live in a changing environment, and as we work towards a better nation, ‎we have to be prepared to deal with new and escalating challenges, and not in the same old ways.”

It said partnerships are essential and that the government on its own cannot successfully win the war against the crime currently being experienced in Jamaica.

“This issue is far greater than party politics,” said the manufacturing lobby.

“Let us remember the families in mourning; let us remember the businesses being affected. We must forge ahead together as we cannot afford to lose the fight we have on our hands,” it added.

“The JMA endorses SECURIPOC and the initiatives outlined by the Minister. We look forward to the committee putting its ideas and decisions into action, and stands ready to assist in any way possible,” the release said.