Phillips says lack of gov't transparency crippling public confidence
Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips says the government's lack of transparency is having a crippling effect on public confidence.
He was speaking at a press conference held by the People's National Party's Council of Spokespersons earlier this afternoon.
Phillips was critical of what he said was Shaw’s misleading statement at a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica forum last week.
Shaw had said he was not aware that the funds which were being eyed for the tax break for people earning up to $1.5 million a year had been diverted to the Consolidated Fund to finance other public expenditure.
But, verbatim reports from Parliament indicate that Shaw had been informed about this late last year by Phillips.
Speaking today, the finance spokesman said Shaw's comments have implications for public confidence.
He stressed that as a government minister, Shaw must be circumspect in language and transparent and accurate in action.
Meanwhile, Phillips also accused the Government of being silent on its promise to increase in the minimum wage.
Phillips stressed that the Opposition Council was determined to ensure that the gains made under the PNP’s watch will not be sacrificed.
He said there are some signs of a slow down of economic activities evident in a slight upward movement in interest rates, reflecting some uncertainty and ripples in the retail sector.
Phillips also expressed concern that the Estimates of Expenditures is scheduled to presented on April 14, and that Shaw will not be speaking until May 12.