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  • IMF Western Hemisphere Director Mr. Alejandro Warner has commended Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller for maintaining political support and civility in the implementation of the IMF programme.
  • Prime Minister Simpson Miller met with the IMF Director on Thursday, May 8, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
  • She assured the IMF Director that the Government is fully committed to the programme in the interest of the people.

IMF Western Hemisphere Director Mr. Alejandro Warner has commended Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller for maintaining political support and civility in the implementation of the IMF programme. This, he said,was admirable despite the complexities of the programme and the social challenges that the country faces.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller met with the IMF Director on Thursday, May 8, at the Office of the Prime Minister. She assured the IMF Director that the Government is fully committed to the programme in the interest of the people. “The Cabinet gives full support to the Finance Minister to ensure we are successful in meeting the targets set by the IMF,” the Prime Minister said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said that despite the challenges, the Government is doing all it can to protect the poor through its social security programmes and is also focused on creating a business friendly environment to encourage investors. “I know we can be successful and I hope that the trust that the people of Jamaica have placed in this Government will not wane. We need their continued support,” she said.

Mr. Warner said that the programme appears to be on the right track but as it progresses the issue of growth and poverty alleviation should take centre stage in the country’s economic policy. In response, the Prime Minister said that the Government is seeking to bolster the foundation of the programme by looking at opportunities for growth and job creation. She explained that some initiatives are already underway to support this objective including tax reform, public sector modernization and encouraging public/private sector partnerships.