What Phillips should tell the country this evening? Commentators weigh in
Social and political commentators Richard Crawford and Kevin O'Brien Chang, say Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, should tell the country how the government will turn around the economy when he addresses the nation this evening on Jamaica’s economic programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Crawford says the country should be told when mega projects promised by the government will come on stream.
The government had announced in the past that it expects to see a number of large projects being implemented which should have resulted in hundreds of jobs.
Crawford also says the government should seek to renegotiate the 7.5 per cent revenue surplus target under the IMF deal.
He says the finance minister must address the issue of public sector wages.
For his part, Chang agrees that the matter of wage negotiations should be addressed by the finance minister.
He believes that Phillips will reiterate the government’s appeal to public sector workers and other working Jamaicans to continue to hold strain as the administration stays the course of the IMF programme.
The political and social commentator also says the finance minister should tell the country how the government will reduce debt and cut waste in the public service.
Meanwhile, Chang says the finance minister has been doing a good job despite the hard task of managing the Jamaican economy.
However, he adds that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller should demonstrate better leadership of the country.
He says critical issues in the country are not being addressed by Simpson Miller and she needs to do a better job.