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  • The Government intends to maintain an inclusive and consultative approach as it continues to partner with stakeholders to achieve the growth objectives of the country.
  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen gave this assurance while delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House, on April 3.
  • He noted that the Government entered into this agreement with the private sector, trade unions and civil society, which focuses on four areas for the 2013 to 2016 period.

The Government intends to maintain an inclusive and consultative approach as it continues to partner with stakeholders to achieve the growth objectives of the country.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen gave this assurance while delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House, on April 3.

He emphasised that the co-operation of stakeholders, such as the private sector, trade unions and non-Governmental organisations (NGOs), “is critical to achieving the macro-economic, social and growth agendas.”

In this vein, the Governor-General said the Government has been proactive in ensuring that the ‘Partnership for Jamaica’ succeeds. This agreement resolves to embark on a programme for the country’s stabilisation, growth with equity and sustainable development through social partnership.

He noted that the Government entered into this agreement with the private sector, trade unions and civil society, which focuses on four areas for the 2013 to 2016 period.

These are: fiscal consolidation (with social protection and inclusion); rule of law adherence (and timely justice outcomes); ease of doing business and employment creation; and energy diversification and conservation.

The Governor-General explained that through various partnerships, the Government has been making progress in achieving growth in the economy.

He cited the work of the Economic Policy Oversight Committee (EPOC), and the Energy Monitoring Committee (EMC), co-chaired by the Government and the private sector, which ensures transparency.

Themed: ‘Going for Growth: Creating Opportunities’, the Throne Speech marks the opening of the new fiscal year which started on April 1.