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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government remains steadfast in its mission to expand business activity and create jobs.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing the management and staff of Red Stripe, following the official opening of the beer company’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at its Spanish Town Road location.
  • She noted that the mission of economic transformation and nation building is a national project that requires broad-based consensus and collaboration.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government remains steadfast in its mission to expand business activity and create jobs.

“The administration that I lead is focussed on getting Jamaica working. In this mission, we cannot afford to be derailed by any forces whether social, cultural, economic or political. We cannot afford to be distracted from economic expansion and job creation,” she emphasised.

Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing the management and staff of Red Stripe, following the official opening of the beer company’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at its Spanish Town Road location on October 8.

She noted that the mission of economic transformation and nation building is a national project that requires broad-based consensus and collaboration, involving government, the business sector, workers and all stakeholders.

“We have to press steadfastly ahead with valuable partners like Red Stripe to expand production and improve productivity as the basis for economic growth with job creation,” the Prime Minister said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller argued that production expansion alone is not enough to give Jamaica the great economic leap forward it desires, but pointed out that focus must also be placed on improving output per worker, also referred to as labour productivity.

“History has taught us that increased productivity has been the dominant force generating and sustaining growth in per capita income and living standards,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister  said that Red Stripe’s reinvestment of some US$18.3 million over the last 12 months in the Jamaican economy is focussed on increasing productivity, innovation and global competitiveness.

“The world’s coolest beer company is saying loudly and clearly to its counterparts in Jamaica and proclaiming to the world, that business innovation and new thinking is cool, as cool and as nice as a cool red stripe beer,” she stated.

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