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  • The first ever signing of a social partnership agreement in Jamaica took place on July 31.
  • Under the agreement, the groups reaffirmed and recommitted to the principles of social dialogue and partnership.
  • Priority areas of focus for the first three years include fiscal consolidation.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says that the successful implementation of the country’s growth agenda requires that all stakeholders honour the recently signed social partnership agreement.

“Our imperative to deepen the integration of the Jamaican economy into the global value and supply chain will require the full involvement and effort of those who have by signing this agreement, committed to a partnership, which will move this country forward economically and socially,” Mr. Hylton said.

The Minister was speaking at the Mona School of Business and Management/Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) public forum on Thursday, October 24, on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. It was held under the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Social Partnership Agreement: Implications for our Growth Agenda’.

The first ever signing of a social partnership agreement in Jamaica took place on July 31, among the Government, private sector, trade union and civil society groups, at King’s House.

Under the agreement, the groups reaffirmed and recommitted to the principles of social dialogue and partnership; and resolve to embark on a programme for Jamaica’s stabilization, growth with equity and sustainable development through a social partnership, initially over the period 2013-2016.

Priority areas of focus for the first three years include fiscal consolidation; adherence to the rule of law; ease of doing business; employment creation; and energy diversification and conservation.

Mr. Hylton said that the social partnership is a road map and stakeholders should “hold each other accountable as we move to create a better Jamaica.”

“All stakeholders must honour their commitment to social dialogue and partnership. It is not just the best way forward; it is the only way forward that this country can achieve social and economic transformation,” he stated.

In his contribution, President of the PSOJ, Christopher Zacca, noted that without the consensus of a social partnership “it is going to be difficult to achieve the shared vision and political will required to implement difficult reforms that are essential in raising the level of growth in this country.”

“The agreement, if governed properly, will be able to increase our collective level of trust in this system,” Mr. Zacca said.

Jamaica’s social partnership is modelled on the Barbados Social Partnership Agreement that marked its 20th anniversary earlier this year.