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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has urged directors and heads of agencies in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to ensure that a supportive environment for the private sector is facilitated.
  • He called on the Ministry to remove obstacles to the growth of the sector and to ensure that it is efficient in granting permits to entrepreneurs.
  • He further reminded the Ministry heads and directors to examine their roles as leaders, as the Ministry was established to be the engine for economic growth strategy and the centre of policy development and implementation in Jamaica.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has urged directors and heads of agencies in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to ensure that a supportive environment for the private sector is facilitated.

Addressing the Ministry’s leadership at the opening of a two-day strategic planning retreat held at Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on August 3, Mr. Holness said supporting the sector is the fastest route to securing economic growth for the country.

“The way to growth is to support businesses. We have to make sure they have finance, security, water, and a good labour force,” he said, adding that support of product and market development is also key.

He called on the Ministry to remove obstacles to the growth of the sector and to ensure that it is efficient in granting permits to entrepreneurs.

“I want to see more Jamaicans make more profit in their business. I want to see more Michael Lee Chins and Butch Stewarts; Jamaica can create our own Bill Gates and we (the Government) can support that,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr. Holness said that part of the role of the Ministry is to offer support to youngsters in schools to transform their innovations into products.

“My job is to support business and to make every youth in school understand that he can be a business person too, that his hard work will be respected and rewarded, and we have to develop that culture to support businesses,” the PM said.

He further reminded the Ministry heads and directors to examine their roles as leaders, as the Ministry was established to be the engine for economic growth strategy and the centre of policy development and implementation in Jamaica.

“You are here for a purpose and if your organisation isn’t growing, isn’t doing something different, then why are you here?” Mr. Holness said.