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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that as the Government continues with the economic reform programme which is supported by its US$958 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF)...
  • She commended Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and Members of the Cabinet, for their support of the programme.
  • Meanwhile, Minister Phillips told JIS News that the visit was a “good endorsement of Jamaica’s abilities to change our future from one of hopelessness, to one of great prospects.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that as the Government continues with the economic reform programme which is supported by its  US$958 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF), with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Jamaican people must be commended for their understanding.

Speaking at a reception in honour of visiting Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, at Jamaica House, in St. Andrew, on Friday, June 27, the Prime Minister stated that,  “we will continue the course, and not long from now we will see that glimmer of light that we are working very hard to see”.

She commended Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and Members of the Cabinet, for their support of the programme. Meanwhile, Madame Lagarde, noted that the visit to Jamaica was more “memorable” than most of the visits that she had made to nearly 200 countries.

“I pay tribute to the endearing political courage of your Prime Minister, of your Minister of Finance; all members of Government, who rally around one objective, as mentioned to me earlier – to restore confidence in Jamaica around the world, to restore growth in your country, and make sure that jobs are created. The immense talents expressed in sport, art, literature, in economics by Jamaicans, can actually bear fruit for the community of Jamaica,” the IMF head said.

Urging the country to continue building partnerships, to succeed in its economic reform programme, Madame Lagarde stressed that, “I know to keep steady, and stay the course, your country is in good hands, and partnerships. It is the private sector with the public sector, it is members of Government with representatives of civil society, it is Jamaica with the rest of the world – those three partnerships will be needed ingredients to continue reform of the Jamaican economy,” she asserted.

Meanwhile, Minister Phillips told JIS News that the visit was a “good endorsement of Jamaica’s abilities to change our future from one of hopelessness, to one of great prospects. It shows that we have made the start, but, we have to continue the process-the effort that we have made has been recognized by the IMF, and the rest of the international community”.

Among those attending the reception were representatives of government; the opposition; trade unions; the business community; the justice fraternity; and academia.