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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has urged Jamaicans to foster an entrepreneurial spirit and draw from the well-spring of their own creativity, so as to build personal wealth and the nation’s economy.
“Globalization demands an entrepreneurial culture. People have to develop the mindset of creating their own employment and creating jobs, rather than merely waiting for employment,” she emphasized.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) Convention on Sunday, May 14, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
Highlighting the theme of the convention, ‘The Business of Business: New Mindset to Enterprise Success’, the Prime Minister said that success or failure in business depended on the mindset of an individual, noting that it was crucial to Jamaica at this time, as citizens needed to develop a mindset, not just for enterprise success, but for the success of the nation.
“We need to embrace a national vision and foster a collective confidence in our potential as a people. We will never maximize our potential until we hold firmly in our minds a robust picture of our worth and our right to success and wealth,” she said.
Citing the relationship between the JEF and the Jamaican Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government stood ready to conclude a successor to the first Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) on terms of reciprocal benefits.
“This means that we do not only expect to improve the conditions of the lives of our hard working and committed public sector workers, but the Jamaican taxpayers expect, in return, a more efficient, effective and improved public service to the people of this country,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the government would do all within its power to foster national spirit and provide the opportunities for the release of the human potential in ways that would allow for the growth of communities and businesses.
“I urge you to join me in this partnership, this new partnership of good governance which, at long last, will truly bring the Government, employers and unions into a melting pot of prosperity, goodwill and sustained development for us all,” she said.