Jamaica meeting economic-reform targets
William Mahfood, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, said the fact that the Government has consistently been meeting the economic targets under Jamaica's Economic Reform Programme is good for the country.
"Globally, the publicity for Jamaica is very good. I want to commend the Government for staying the course."
Mahfood's comment followed a meeting of the Partnership for Jamaica, where Finance and Planning minister, Dr Peter Phillips, provided an update on Jamaica's progress and budget report.
The PSOJ president noted that with Jamaica having passed six quarterly reviews under its arrangment with the International Monetary Fund, the next step for Jamaica is securing high levels of sustained growth in the economy. The sentiments were shared by other partners, including Civil Society youth representative Kemesha Kelly, who urged more focus on youth employment.
Chair of the partnership, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, committed to ensuring that the partnership continues to operate for the benefit of Jamaica and in the spirit and framework of consultation, with greater engagement of all Ministries, with the principles of the Partnership. She encouraged the council members, comprising the Government, civil society, trade unions, and the private sector, to continue to work together with dialogue, respect and understanding.