Lopez hailed as champion for social change, outstanding business leader
People’s National Party(PNP) president and leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, is saddened by the death of Beverly Lopez, former president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA).
Phillips described Lopez as an outstanding Jamaican, a well-respected and recognised businesswoman and a champion of major social initiatives.
He said her leadership of the PSOJ demonstrated love for country and said she must be lauded for her instrumental role in the Social Partnership for Agreement. The partnership, in 2003, was established with the clear intention to provide the nation with private sector expertise and thought through dialogue with government, trade unions and other stakeholders.
Phillips said sector leaders like Lopez worked tirelessly to build trust between the public and private sectors and in so doing, contributed much to nation building.
The PSOJ, in expressing sadness at her passing, said the former president was "tireless in her efforts to champion the development of the private sector, particularly for small businesses and exporters, at times in face of daunting obstacles".
"She spearheaded a number of multilateral projects aimed at finding long term solutions for exporters. Her legacy will remain forever etched in the annals of Jamaica's commercial history," it added.
Both the PSOJ and PNP president offered condolences to the family of the late businesswoman, as well as her friends and colleagues.