Senator Aubyn Hill Appointed Executive Director of Economic Growth Council

Photo: Mark Bell Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), addresses a press briefing held at Jamaica House on Tuesday (December 12) to announce the appointment of Special Investment Ambassador to India, Senator Aubyn Hill (left), as the new Executive Director of the Economic Growth Council (EGC). Also pictured is EGC Chairman, Michael Lee-Chin.

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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has appointed Special Investment Ambassador to India, Senator Aubyn Hill, as the new Executive Director of the Economic Growth Council (EGC).
  • “I am satisfied and confident Senator Hill will be able to execute the duties of the office very proficiently (and) in a way that… we can all be satisfied that Jamaica is serious about growth and that we will achieve (our growth targets),” he said.
  • In response, Mr. Hill thanked the Prime Minister for the appointment, noting that he was pleased to be in a position to be able to work with the EGC, the Government, the private sector and “to make sure those facilitatory activities that we must do to make growth, happen in a place that is really ripe for growth”.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has appointed Special Investment Ambassador to India, Senator Aubyn Hill, as the new Executive Director of the Economic Growth Council (EGC).

Mr. Holness made the announcement during a press briefing held at Jamaica House on Tuesday (December 12).

“I am satisfied and confident Senator Hill will be able to execute the duties of the office very proficiently (and) in a way that… we can all be satisfied that Jamaica is serious about growth and that we will achieve (our growth targets),” he said.

He noted that the new Executive Director, who is well known in the private sector and has many years of experience in banking, “understands the issue of economic growth very well”.

Mr. Hill, who is also Deputy President of the Senate, replaces Maureen Denton who resigned in August this year.

He will be tasked with managing the administrative affairs of the Council, which deals with coordinating projects that help to spur growth.

In response, Mr. Hill thanked the Prime Minister for the appointment, noting that he was pleased to be in a position to be able to work with the EGC, the Government, the private sector and “to make sure those facilitatory activities that we must do to make growth, happen in a place that is really ripe for growth”.

He said the team would also work to make sure that “we do the right kind of advocacy in the right places consistently, to make sure that we are accessible to the people who want to invest, and also to work with the people who make policy”.

Chairman of the EGC, Michael Lee-Chin, also welcomed the appointment and expressed confidence in Mr. Hill’s capabilities in getting the job done.

Launched in April last year, the Council was set up to advise the Government on a framework of proposed initiatives, along with sub-initiatives, that are expected to yield economic growth.

These growth initiatives are expected to enable the Jamaican economy to attain five per cent growth by 2020.

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