Partnership Council Welcomes the Opposition Back to the Partnership Table

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  • Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Thursday, December 3 presided over the final meeting of the Partnership for Jamaica Council for 2015 which focussed on labour market reform in the context of the national growth agenda.
  • The Prime Minister joined other Partnership members in welcoming the participation of Senator Kamina Johnson Smith as the representative of the Opposition to the Partnership Council.
  • The Partnership expressed its pleasure with the reengagement of the Opposition in the Partnership process, which involves the Government, Opposition, Private Sector, Trade Unions and Civil Society.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Thursday, December 3 presided over the final meeting of the Partnership for Jamaica Council for 2015 which focussed on labour market reform in the context of the national growth agenda.

The Prime Minister joined other Partnership members in welcoming the participation of Senator Kamina Johnson Smith as the representative of the Opposition to the Partnership Council. The Partnership expressed its pleasure with the re-engagement of the Opposition in the Partnership process, which involves the Government, Opposition, Private Sector, Trade Unions and Civil Society.

It was the view of the membership of the Council that there is greater national recognition of the contribution being made by the Partnership and greater appreciation of the value of the work being done by the group.As the main agenda item at the meeting, the discussion on Labour Market Reform included the presentation of an update by the Labour Market Reform Commission.

The Commission gave an update on its work which is based on evidence, consultation and the analysis of best practices to support economic growth. Protection of workers and productivity enhancement are identified as issues to be initially addressed within the first phase of its work, with an emphasis on trust building as an important contributor to social and economic development.

The Partnership also extended congratulations to member of the Governance Committee of the Partnership Council, Mrs. Donna Parchment Brown, on her recent appointment as Political Ombudsman. The Council expressed the view that Mrs Parchment Brown will bring to her new and important role, the skills, experience and good judgement for which she has been recognised throughout her professional career.

The meeting of the Partnership received a brief update from the new Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley.

The meeting also noted the agreement on the terms of reference, chairmanship, membership and resource persons for the Law and Order Working Group of the Partnership. Composed along partnership lines, the Working Group will monitor performance in the area, provide information to the Partnership and the public, identify resources, and generally focus attention on the critical area of law and order for improvement.

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