The Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) should be fully operational within another year with a board of management in place, said Consultant Advisor in Labour Relations at the Labour and Social Security Ministry, Gresford Smith.
Mr. Smith, who made the disclosure at a recent JIS Think Tank said, “I expect that in another year or so, we would have the staffing fully in place for the Productivity Centre as the board would be in place.it will be fully operational.” According to Mr. Smith, the JPC was being run by a steering committee comprised of representatives from the Labour Ministry, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF), the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Bureau of Standards, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The board to be put in place will consist of representatives from the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, the Jamaica Exporters Association, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), members of the academia and other interest groups.
In the meanwhile, Executive Director of the JPC, Dr. Charles Douglas said that the JPC would be embarking on a number of programmes in an effort to fulfill its mandate, which is: “to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Jamaican economy by leading the process of transformation to a productivity-conscious culture, in both the private and public. The programmes, Dr. Douglas informed would include a public education campaign aimed at stimulating greater awareness of productivity, extensive research and evaluation into productivity trends, periodic measuring of productivity rates at the sectoral and national levels and facilitating the delivery of technical assistance within organizations, in an effort to improve national productivity.
The JPC, a tripartite organization, was inaugurated in 2003 and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Labour, the JEF and the JCTU. The facility is charged with leading the transformation of the Jamaican culture to a more productivity-sensitive one, as well as facilitating productivity improvements at the national level, in order to ensure that Jamaica achieves world-class standards of productivity and competitiveness.