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  • Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock, says the agency fully supports the process of labour market reform, describing it as essential to ensure sustainable economic growth and social development in Jamaica.
  • Noting that over the last 40 years, Jamaica has not fully realized its economic potential, Mr. Bullock said this is partly attributable to under-utilization and under-development of labour resources.
  • The Director General reminded forum participants that aspects of the reform process have already been implemented, most notable being flexi-work arrangements legislated in Parliament, recently.

Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock, says the agency fully supports the process of labour market reform, describing it as essential to ensure sustainable economic growth and social development in Jamaica.

He also argued that the process is consistent with the Vision 2030 Jamaica goal of underscoring the empowerment of persons, thereby enabling them to attain their fullest potential.

The Director General was addressing the PIOJ’s recent labour market reform forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.

Noting that over the last 40 years, Jamaica has not fully realized its economic potential, Mr. Bullock said this is partly attributable to under-utilization and under-development of labour resources.

“In other words, if we have people (who) are undertrained, have low levels of human development, low skill training (coupled with) high levels of unemployment (particularly) among youth, then we are underutilizing our resources, and our capacity to attain the (goals) of 2030 are effectively being undermined. So, we see labour market development and labour market utilization as being essential to the attainment of the entire Vision 2030 (goals),” he argued.

Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030. It is based on a comprehensive vision: ‘Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’.

The Director General reminded forum participants that aspects of the reform process have already been implemented, most notable being flexi-work arrangements legislated in Parliament, recently.

He informing of the “imminent” launch of the Labour Market Reform Commission, which he said is “designed” to facilitate the process.

The forum, which was held under the theme: ‘Promoting Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)’, was held to disseminate labour market information to a select group of participants to enable them to make informed career choices.

The PIOJ staged the forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Labour Market Information Technical Advisory Committee (LMITAC); HEART Trust/NTA, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

 

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