Social Partnership Agreement will help with tribal politics, says GG
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says the Social Partnership Agreement provides the opportunity for the country to rid itself of tribal politics.
The Governor General made the remark at this morning’s signing of the agreement at King’s House.
He added that the partnership is significant as it comes on the eve of Emancipation Day.
A representative of the civil society groups Kemesha Kelly said the groups are disappointed that the parliamentary Opposition did not sign on to the Agreement.
She said the step towards consensus building is necessary to remove the apathy that youth have towards politics.
The opposition Jamaica Labour Party said it supports the partnership in principle but believes it is not necessary for it to sign-on to the agreement.
While stressing that it will continue to participate in the discussions with government and other stakeholders, the party said elements of the document could lead to the JLP compromising its role as opposition.
President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Chris Zacca, also expressed concern that the opposition did not sign the Social Partnership Agreement.
Zacca said the PSOJ stands ready to play its part in building consensus.
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