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Former PM Golding urges PNP Administration to make ‘tough decisions’

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, says the People's National Party-led Government must be bold enough to make the necessary tough decisions despite criticisms from powerful civil lobby groups.

Golding made the comment as he delivered a lecture in the United States on Tuesday.

The former Prime Minister under the Jamaica Labour Party administration said extraordinary leadership and followership are required to address Jamaica’s economic and social problems.

He asserted that while it is important to consult, ultimately, governments are accountable to their electors, and not civil society organisations.

Golding reiterated that pursuing the programme under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will not be enough to spur economic growth and development.

He said if the conditions imposed by the IMF are left to themselves, they will become impediments to investment and genuine economic growth.

He said it is not enough to be IMF-compliant, without countering the negative implications resulting from implementing structural reforms.

The former Prime Minister insisted that his comments were not criticisms of the People’s National Party administration given the limited choices available or the IMF, whose mandate is to maintain financial stability.

Golding said given that the IMF programme addresses macro-economic constraints, the Government must move to tackle limitations in the real economy.

He pointed to developing a market-driven education system, reducing crime and violence, and red-tapes in order to create a more investor-friendly environment.

He also noted the importance of infrastructural development and the reduction in energy costs to increase the flow of investments needed to generate growth.

Golding was the guest presenter at the CIN Lecture Series in The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, on Tuesday.

The former politician resigned as Prime Minister in 2011, in the aftermath of the Manatt/Dudus debacle.


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