For Immediate Release

PSOJ CALLS FOR UNITY AND ACTION TO HANDLE COVID19 AND CRIME

Kingston, Jamaica:

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) congratulates the Jamaica Labour Party on their victory in the recent General Election. The People’s National Party must also be commended for their involvement in a seamless democratic process along with a graceful concession.

We extend special commendation to the people of Jamaica and to the leadership of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) for their constructive participation in another free, fair and peaceful election. We acknowledge the courageous efforts of our election day workers in ensuring the safety of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All Jamaicans must feel proud of the maintenance of the integrity of our democracy and the level of political maturity exhibited which speaks to the progress we have made as a nation.

Now that the General Election is behind us, we urge the new Administration to move expeditiously to address the pressing issues facing our country; the COVID-19 pandemic and the longstanding crime disease.

Social Cohesion and Partnership

We recognise that much work must be undertaken which may require difficult but decisive actions and will necessitate a social consensus with support from the Opposition. With the incoming Government’s large majority in the House of Representatives, we in the private sector and civil society recognize our critical role in ensuring that the commitments made by the Government to improve the lives and livelihoods of all Jamaicans are met. We, along with civil society, will continue to advocate for strong governance and remain vigilant in holding our Government accountable.

COVID-19 Exponential spread

As we enter a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing the exponential spread of the virus and increased loss of lives. We expect the Government of Jamaica to engage all stakeholders appropriately in creating tangible responses to ensure that the spread of the virus is contained.

National Consensus on Crime

Additionally, the PSOJ is strongly encouraging the Government to build on the National Consensus on Crime – a bi-partisan commitment made in August of this year, and begin effecting critical changes to tackle crime, violence and corruption in the country.

Personal Responsibility

We welcome the call for unity by representatives from the political directorate and encourage all Jamaicans to maintain personal responsibility in adhering to infection control protocols as we weather this unprecedented period.

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