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Holness Gov't scores high for year-one performance

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 2:00 AMRomario Scott
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The Andrew Holness administration has so far been receiving positive feedback from stakeholder groups for its performance in wake of its one-year anniversary since being voted into office.

The chief executive officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust, Diana McCaulay, told The Gleaner yesterday that she was unable to scale the performance of the Government, but said that it is performing better than the previous People's National Party (PNP) administration in the environment portfolio.

"There is more interest regarding the environment from this administration than there was for the PNP," the environmental activist said.

The chief executive officer of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Dennis Chung, says the Holness administration has performed satisfactorily during its first year in office.

He commended the administration for implementing its promised income tax break, which excludes some 60 per cent of the workforce from Pay As You Earn taxes.

Chung argued that while the tax break has put some pressure on the country's finances, Holness should be commended for making the difficult decision to fulfil the election promise.

 

PM LISTENED WELL

 

Horace Levy, director of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), has given Prime Minister Andrew Holness nine out of 10, arguing that the prime minister has listened well to civil society during his first year in office.

Levy says Holness has shunned harsh policing as a measure to reduce Jamaica's crime problem and is instead focusing on reducing the social problems that cause crimes.

In the meantime, the president of the Nurses' Association of Jamaica (NAJ), ,Janet Coore-Farr, said Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has done a fair job during his first year in office.

The NAJ president scored the health minister five out of 10 for the effort she says he is making to address the myriad of problems in the health ministry.

However, Coore-Farr said the prime minister needs to work on getting greater efficiency in the health ministry.

romario.scott@gleanerjm.com