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  • Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has commended the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for embarking on a reform process to improve its effectiveness.
  • Speaking on a national level, Mr. Holness said the Government has undertaken a number of growth initiatives, aimed at strengthening the Jamaican economy.
  • The Review Commission is chaired by former Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, and comprises representatives from the two major political parties, relevant public- and private-sector bodies as well as civil society and academia.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has commended the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for embarking on a reform process to improve its effectiveness.

He cited the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Growth and Development as a step in the right direction.

“It is our expectation that the Plan will be fully implemented to strengthen governance, capacity-building and our regional economies,” Mr. Holness said.

The Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony of the 37th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, being held in Georgetown, Guyana, from July 4-6.

Speaking on a national level, Mr. Holness said the Government has undertaken a number of growth initiatives, aimed at strengthening the Jamaican economy.

He pointed to the establishment of a Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to eliminate the bureaucracy that stifles growth.

The Prime Minister also cited the Economic Growth Council which is geared at creating the right framework and atmosphere to encourage firms to increase investment, innovation and labour to increase productivity.

Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the newly established CARICOM Review Commission is aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s position within the regional integration process.

“Notably, it is the first time that a body has been established in Jamaica specifically to assess the benefits, opportunities and challenges of our membership in CARICOM,” he explained.

The Review Commission is chaired by former Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, and comprises representatives from the two major political parties, relevant public- and private-sector bodies as well as civil society and academia.

“This will ensure that the perspectives of all stakeholders are taken into account. Given the commitment of my administration to strengthen the Jamaican economy, and the importance of trade to that process, we look forward to receiving the report of the Commission,” Mr. Holness said.