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Don’t dare smear DBJ board, Aubyn Hill

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I usually allow your columnists to express their views without any inter-vention or response. However, I feel compelled to respond to the inferences contained in the column 'Politics behind Nation-Growth squeeze', authored by Aubyn Hill and published in your newspaper of June 2, 2015.

As minister responsible for the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), I would like to reject out of hand the inference made by Mr Hill that political directives played some role in the board's decision with respect to NationGrowth.

Mr Hill should know that the board substantially comprises the same indivi-duals who were in place in the previous administration, and in its deliberations has determined a set of actions aimed at recovering public funds. In making the accusation of political interference, Mr Hill is impugning the integrity of the board of directors of the DBJ, who have provided invaluable service to the country.

It is about time that those who purport to have patriotic commitment stop making unfounded inferences about public officials who have given service to their country without consideration of political allegiance. My great disappointment is that I dared to expect better of Mr Hill.

PETER D. PHILLIPS

Finance Minister