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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and PSOJ President Chris Zacca, have both expressed the commitment of the government and the private sector to work together to move things forward for Jamaica, despite the current challenges.

"The enormous challenges facing the country cannot be denied", the Prime Minister told the PSOJ delegation, while emphasising that “the task was not beyond us, and with strength, courage and unity of purpose, we can get things right and make Jamaica great."

Prime Minister Simpson Miller underscored the commitment of the government to financial reforms, including tax and pension reform, fiscal responsibility and job creation while ensuring social cohesion and support, to the maximum  extent and as efficiently as possible, for those who have to be on the social safety net programmes. 

The Prime Minister commended the private sector for its stance in raising concerns on a number of critical issues including that of its opposition to any drastic devaluation during talks with the IMF team that were recently held on the island.  The PSOJ head told the Prime Minister that “As part of 'Team Jamaica', the private sector wants the same things for Jamaica –  that is to see the country grow and prosper, and we will only succeed by being honest with each other."

The parties agreed on the need for a coordinated strategy in taking the message to the Jamaican people so Jamaicans are prepared to tackle the challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities; and that the government pledges to do as much as it can to secure the best agreement for Jamaica.

Participating in the talks with the Prime Minister were Information minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, Permanent Secretary, Onika Miller, and Advisors Dr Carlton Davis and Ambassador Burchell Whiteman. The PSOJ President was accompanied by Vice Presidents Don Wehby and Keith Duncan.

 

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