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  • Former Barbadian Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, will speak about Barbados’ social partnership experience at the Partnership of Jamaica Retreat, this Thursday (July16), at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.
  • The retreat, which will be chaired by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is the second since Jamaica’s partnership agreement was signed by the Government, trade unions, the private sector and civil society in July, 2013.
  • Barbados, which signed its first partnership agreement in 1993 when it faced a severe economic crisis, has often been cited as a social partnership model.

Former Barbadian Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, will speak about Barbados’ social partnership experience at the Partnership of Jamaica Retreat, this Thursday (July16), at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

The retreat, which will be chaired by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is the second since Jamaica’s partnership agreement was signed by the Government, trade unions, the private sector and civil society in July, 2013.

Barbados, which signed its first partnership agreement in 1993 when it faced a severe economic crisis, has often been cited as a social partnership model. That country’s longest serving Prime Minister will review the Barbadian partnership experience over several agreements and will lead discussions on possible lessons for Jamaica.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller will give the opening address at the one-day retreat.  Portfolio Ministers will make presentations on the progress made in achieving the 2016 targets in the four focus areas – the economy, security and justice, business facilitation and energy.  Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, will address the economy in the absence of Minister Peter Phillips, who is away.

Private sector, trade union and civil society representatives will address the areas covered by the Ministers.  ‘Fiscal Consolidation, Social Protection and Social Inclusion’ will be addressed by Vice President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), Mrs. Helene Davis Whyte. Ms. Nadeen Spence of the civil society group, the 51% Coalition, will address the security and justice issues.

President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Mr. William Mahfood, will provide the private sector perspective on ‘Doing Business’, while Mr. Howard Mitchell of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) will address ‘Energy Diversification and Conservation’.  Chairman of the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET), Mr. Vin Lawrence, will also provide an update to the retreat.