May 5, 2015

PSOJ President Apologises to Agriculture Minister

Kingston, Jamaica:

Following his recent comments regarding the proposed implementation of a cess on imported refined sugar, PSOJ President William Mahfood, after reflection, has issued an apology to Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier.

 “In hindsight the comments were inappropriate and were as a result of the continued frustrations manufacturers’ face each year in the face of proposed government measures that tend to affect our businesses and the wider business environment,” Mahfood said.

He added, “when we realize that we have made comments that can detract from the real issues, it is important that we correct it as soon as possible. In our partnership for solutions between the public and private sectors, we should always seek to ensure a harmonious environment necessary to grow our country together. As such, I look forward to working with the Minister and his team and all other stakeholders at arriving at an amicable solution in the shortest possible time.”

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Contact:     Ms. Kareen Cox, Marketing & Public Relations Manager 

Email:        kareenc@psoj.org                 

Tel:             927-6238 (Ext. 2052); Fax 978-2709

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