Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, is encouraging business operators to participate in the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) survey, which focuses on the impact of COVID-19.
Addressing a World Productivity Day virtual seminar, on June 19, the State Minister said the survey will help the business sector to “journey” through the pandemic.
He said the COVID-19 crisis has been “disruptive to many industries in Jamaica,” and the JPC is conducting the survey to record and collate the experiences and measures taken, as well as the outcome of such actions by organisations.
The State Minister pointed out that the information from the analysis will be able to assist and guide businesses as to the best approach coming out of this pandemic, “that will enable all to grow and contribute positively to the economy.”
He also noted that the survey will have the added benefit of encouraging entities to record and measure their own journey through the pandemic.
“I urge you to participate in this electronic survey, so that we can chart the best way forward,” Mr. Mayne told the forum.
He also called on producers to utilise the services of the JPC to increase global competitiveness and efficiency, and for businesses to lift their productivity.
“The Ministry has seen their (JPC) work, and recognises their worth. Efficiency is vital in business, and that is why we are on board with the JPC,” he said
The State Minister lauded the agency’s effort to “revolutionise” the Ministry’s Work Permit department, which was done in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“I am encouraging individuals and businesses in the Goods producing sector to make use of the Jamaica Productivity Centre. They are here to serve you, so that your business can improve productivity levels and be more efficient in delivering goods and services,” he said.
Mr. Mayne further added that his Ministry has initiated programmes to improve their Labour Market Information System website and app, which allow employers to post job openings, and that persons seeking employment can now upload their résumés.
The seminar was held under the theme: ‘Improving our Productivity Performance -Working Smarter, not Harder’.