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  • President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), William Mahfood, says the new Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has sent “positive” signals in his commitment to engage crucial sectors in the society.
  • In his speech, Mr. Holness stressed the need for partnerships in the governance process.
  • Mr. Mahfood said he heard from the Prime Minister a readiness to “strengthen and build,” adding that the speech was positive.

President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), William Mahfood, says the new Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has sent “positive” signals in his commitment to engage crucial sectors in the society.

According to Mr. Mahfood, the Prime Minister, in his inaugural speech on March 3 at King’s House, clearly stated that the mandate given to him by the electors is one to deliver on “accountability and transparency.”

“He realises that he will need to engage civil society and the private sector in a way that we had not seen before,” he told JIS News, following his attendance at the swearing-in ceremony at King’s House, and a reception that followed at Vale Royal.

In his speech, Mr. Holness stressed the need for partnerships in the governance process.

He also told his audience that the closeness of the recent general election has presented a mandate to him where there is no “majority for arrogance, no space for selfishness, no place for pettiness, no room for complacency, and no margin for error.”

Mr. Mahfood said he heard from the Prime Minister a readiness to “strengthen and build,” adding that the speech was positive.

Meanwhile, wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, told the audience that her family and the “wider Jamaican family” are grateful for the outpouring of love.

The reception saw an entertainment package with drummers from Mr. Holness’ alma mater, St. Catherine High School; and performances by Nesbeth, Ken Boothe, and several others.