History

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) was established in 1976. It is a national organisation of private sector associations, companies and individuals working together to promote a competitive and productive private sector.

The organisation seeks to influence issues of national policy of a political, social, or economic nature. The Executive Committee, under guidance from the Council, leads this process by promoting discussions with the country’s government, political directorate and the opposition. The Organisation is also in close and constant contact with the major multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies.

By being active in the Organisation, on the Council or any of the committees, companies and individuals can contribute directly to achieving changes, that will make Jamaica a better place in which to live and work. Virtually everyone in the private sector has benefited in some way from the work of the PSOJ. Membership subscriptions are the major source of the funds used to carry out this work.

One of the primary mandates of the PSOJ is advocacy. The proactive participation of members, through a number of committees, which directly impacts on the development of the private sector. The PSOJ continues to provide meaningful representation on behalf of the private sector, to ensure that its presence and strong voice are always maintained.

The founding fathers envisioned a number of key objectives for the PSOJ and these are embodied in the Organisation’s Constitution:

    • to provide technical assistance in the form of institutional development and membership development;
    • to strengthen the Organisation’s ability to advocate on behalf of its members;
    • to capitalise on the benefits of international trade agreements, through the dissemination of timely and accurate information to members;
    • to promote close and decisive co-operation between members and interest groups whether locally, regionally or internationally;
    • to promote better co-operation between the various elements in the private sector, so that maximum productivity can be achieved for the benefit of everyone;
    • to ensure that the technical resources and facilities that are available to the country are disseminated to the business sector; and
    • to serve as a means of co-ordinating the resources within the private sector with specific emphasis on economic development.

Jamaica is the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.

We are the unifying voice of the private sector working in partnership with the public sector and civil society, to achieve vision 2030 for Jamaica.

To effectively advocate for the implementation of public policy that enables strong sustainable private sector led economic growth and development.

  • To promote cooperation between private sector organisations
  • To formulate and promote a macroeconomic policy framework, which will achieve high rates of sustained economic growth
  • To formulate and promote policies for the achievement of a lawful and just society
  • To promote and influence greater transparency, efficiency and accountability in the operations of the public sector
  • To promote the practice of good corporate governance in the private sector

Our Organisation is governed by its Council, which is elected by the general membership at the Annual General Meeting to serve for a two-year period. The Council elects each year from its members, an Executive Committee, which includes the President and Officers of the PSOJ.

The organisation seeks to influence national policy issues of a political, social, or economic nature. The Executive Committee, under guidance from the Council, leads this process by promoting discussions with the country’s government, political directorate and the opposition. The Organisation is also in close and constant contact with the major multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies.

Since 2020, the strategic focus of the Organisation is to promote inclusive and equitable private sector-led growth while protecting Jamaica’s environment using the mantra “From Advocacy to Action”.

Our Executive Committee meets monthly and is responsible for the operations of the Organisation. Through the Committee, we are committed to providing our members with complete access to the Organisation and to respond instantly to issues raised by them. Day-to-day management is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer and a Secretariat of qualified employees.

Advocacy services

Networking opportunities

Financial guidance

Promotion of products/services

Business development services

Invitation and access to special signature events

Access to business training

Rental of meeting rooms

Advisory and mentorship services

Ability to represent PSOJ on key councils, committees, commissions and boards

Business matchmaking services

Exclusive business forums

Since inception in 1976, some of the initiatives on which the PSOJ has been influential are:

  • The official adoption of the market economy as the most appropriate framework for the country’s long-term development;
  • The process of liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation which began in the 1980s;
  • The lifting of exchange controls;
  • Tax reforms in the late 80s and early 90s;
  • Establishment of the Jamaica America Medical Assistance Committee (JaMAC), in association with the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), to coordinate overseas donations and medical services for the island’s health sector;
  • The reform process in the Police Force, beginning with the Hirst Report;
  • The drive to connect inflation with money supply;
  • The ongoing process of electoral reform;
  • Amendments to the New Companies and Revenue Administrative Acts;
  • Reversal of the street light cess;
  • Successful Crime Stop programme;
  • Development of the National Crime Plan in partnership with the Government, the Opposition and civil society and introduction of new crime related programmes that contribute to the further enhancement of the profile of the Police, including Police Courtesy Week and the Phone-In programme;
  • Training of trainers and company Directors with a view to increasing awareness of Corporate Governance principles and practices;
  • Sensitization of the private sector to developments in the international and regional trading arena through seminars, meetings, and other fora;
  • Education Committee’s participation in the Task Force Report on Educational Reform.
  • Leading discussions between the public and private sectors, labour Unions and the non-governmental community towards a Partnership for Progress;
  • Hosting of strategic planning retreats with the Government of Jamaica to identify and implement strategies for national economic development.
  •  Signatory and convening partner to Jamaica’s National Consensus on Crime in 2019. The Government, Opposition, Civil Society and the Private Sector Industry Associations agreed to support a process of developing a National Consensus on Crime to transform Jamaica into a safe, secure and investment-friendly society

  • Establishment of the PSOJ COVID19 Jamaica Response Fund in partnership with the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) as a national response to the current spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica. The Fund raised J$200Million and impacted over 83,000 Jamaicans by mitigating the threats associated with the pandemic by distributing food packages and health services to areas that need it the most.

  • Raised $150Million to support the Government with the purchasing of ventilators in response to the COVID19 pandemic in 2020.

  • Develop a monitoring and reporting framework to update the public on the work being done by the Ministry of National Security to implement the  Traffic Ticket Management System (TTMS), JamaicaEye Programme, realise Motorcyle Fatality Reduction and strengthening the governance framework by introducing the regulations to the Noise Abatement Act

  • The E-Commerce National Delivery Solution – ENDs –  is a collaborative effort driven by the PSOJ and the Government of Jamaica through the 1. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and2. Ministry of Transport & Works and

    3. Ministry of National Security

    In seeking to address the problem of businesses remaining operational during curfew hours, the PSOJ’s Innovation and Digital Transformation Committee convened a team to provide a solution.

    The PSOJ led in the areas of leveraging support to create a software solution, do the requisite security testing, initiate a project management office, provide funding for public education, among other things for the pilot phase of the project.