PSOJ President Joseph M. Matalon urged the Manchester business community to support the set of recommendations being put forward by the PSOJ in order for Jamaica to achieve economic growth and development. Mr. Matalon made this call as he addressed members of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at the Golf View Hotel. This event was the first in a new PSOJ initiative entitled “The President’s Forum” and sponsored by Flow. The PSOJ worked in collaboration with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to organize this Breakfast Forum.
In addition to the recently elected Manchester Chamber of Commerce President Keith Smith, other dignitaries included Her Worship the Mayor Brenda Ramsay, Flow’s President and Chief Operating Officer Michelle English and PSOJ’s Chief Executive Officer Sandra Glasgow. Approximately 70 members of the business community listened attentively as PSOJ President shared the PSOJ Economic Policy Framework with his audience.
In his presentation Mr. Matalon stated that the Organisation’s mission was to effectively advocate for the implementation of public policy which enables strong, sustainable private sector led economic growth, job creation and development. Thus the PSOJ had put together a framework which represented a realistic set of policy recommendations, given the constraints imposed on policy makers by limited resources.
He identified four important steps which must receive immediate attention if the Jamaica is to enjoy high rates of sustained economic growth and development:
* Reform the tax system;
* Create an enabling regulatory and legal environment;
* Reform Industrial, trade and investment promotion policy;
* Ensure macroeconomic stability.
The PSOJ President fielded questions from the audience and then encouraged his colleagues in the business sector as well as the media present to help to increase the general awareness and understanding of the PSOJ Economic Policy Framework document so that Jamaicans from all walks of life would be able to contribute to the public discussion and to support the Organisation’s advocacy efforts.
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