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PNP seeks to build support at 76th annual conference now under way

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Members of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) and its supporters are now gathering at the National Arena in Kingston for the public session of the party's 76th annual conference.



The leadership of the party will be seeking to shore up support from its grassroots for its economic programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in light of continued public criticism despite passing five consecutive IMF tests and growth in the economy, albeit a negligible 1.2 per cent for the quarter ending June.



The Planning Institute of Jamaica has since projected three per cent growth for the next fiscal year.



Chairman Robert Pickersgill, who is the water and climate change minister, has maintained that the PNP has much to celebrate despite the outcries of hardship, noting that the country could be in a much worse position than it is today. He has, however, pointed out that many of the achievements have been at the macro level and are yet to trickle down to the masses.



PNP President Portia Simpson Miller is expected to address the gathering in about an hour.



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