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  • ICWI Group, Hon. Dennis Lalor, O. J., is urging the private sector to do more to assist the Government in pushing the economy forward.
  • He urged the leadership of the PSOJ to encourage the sector and the wider public to begin paying taxes in a timely manner.
  • He also called on the sector to assist with crime fighting measures.

Chairman of the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) Group, Hon. Dennis Lalor, O. J., is urging the private sector to do more to assist the Government in pushing the economy forward.

Mr. Lalor was the guest speaker at the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) annual members’ Christmas luncheon, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on December 11.

He urged the leadership of the PSOJ to encourage the sector and the wider public to begin paying taxes in a timely manner. “The country cannot provide facilities with empty coffers,” he emphasized.

“Start looking inward by creating jobs in areas suitable for the capabilities of our existing workforce. We have a largely semi-literate workforce, these people have to have jobs and the government cannot provide the jobs. It is now incumbent on us in the private sector to do everything possible to find jobs for these people,” Mr. Lalor added.

He also called on the sector to assist with crime fighting measures, stressing that this is not only the responsibility of the government and the police. This assistance, he said, could include the funding of CCTV equipment in appropriate areas, and the provision and maintenance of police vehicles.

“The life we save with those may very well be ours, crime must be systematically tackled…help the police to help us,” Mr. Lalor implored.

The Chairman challenged the sector to publicly discourage involvement in corruption, which he said had become a scourge, and must be eliminated.

Mr. Lalor encouraged the continuation of the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) programme, which is co-ordinated by a private sector-led coalition. YUTE is a holistic programme designed to empower young people in troubled communities.

“We cannot expect to survive and prosper if our energies as a nation is focused on ‘bandoolooism’ and avoiding responsibility,” Mr. Lalor said.