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Focus on growth and poverty alleviation, says senior IMF official

Published:Saturday | May 10, 2014 | 12:55 PM

A senior official with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says growth and poverty alleviation should become the focus of the country’s economic policy.



Western Hemisphere Director for the IMF Alejandro Warner made the observation while noting that Jamaica’s programme with the multinational lending agency appears to be on the right track.



Warner’s was speaking after he met with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips on Thursday.



Responding to Warner’s observation, Simpson Miller said her administration is seeking to bolster the foundation of the programme by looking at opportunities for growth and job creation.



She says some initiatives are already underway to support this objective including tax reform, public sector modernisation and encouraging public-private sector partnerships.



Warner also commended the Jamaican government for maintaining political support for the implementation of the IMF programme, despite the complexities and social challenges Jamaica faces.



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