Jamaicans buying into Growth Council

September 26, 2016
Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaicans are buying into the vision of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) and its push to generate sustained levels of economic growth.

The council, chaired by businessman Michael Lee-Chin, is targeting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of five per cent over the next four years.

Prime Minister Holness, speaking in an interview in New York, said the EGC aims to "mobilise national support around a ... new paradigm of economic development".

"It is taking (shape) in the minds of Jamaicans that we have to take a new approach to our economy," he pointed out.

The EGC's deputy chairman, and Ambassador for Economic Affairs, Dr Nigel Clarke, who accompanied Holness, noted that among the areas of focus is the creation an environment in which capital, labour and technology "become more productive".

"One of our views is that the role of Government is to facilitate and create the enabling framework that allows thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of workers to pursue their own interests and, therefore, expand opportunities," he noted.

The prime minister was in New York from September 19 to 24, where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

His engagements included his inaugural address to the UNGA on September 23. He also witnessed the delivery of US President Barack Obama's eighth and final speech to that body on September 21.

Holness also participated in the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting; delivered the keynote address at a Columbia University symposium; engaged the Jamaican Diaspora at a town hall meeting; and held bilateral discussions with various business and other leaders to explore new opportunities to advance Jamaica's development.

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