Addressing a press conference yesterday following a three day retreat of the Shadow Cabinet, Dr. Phillips noted that the government has sought to maintain the macroeconomic fundamentals and public debt is down. However, he pointed out that despite this, over the last 18 months, the economy was not pointing in the right direction.
The Opposition leader who was the former Finance Minister in the last administration observed that :
- Growth is down
- Price increases are putting a severe strain on family budgets
- The country’s ranking in the Ease of Doing Business is down
- Corruption is rampant, and as a result, Jamaica’s ranking on the Transparency International index is down.
"Against this background, we reaffirmed our commitment to irrevocably redress the inequalities of access and distribution to land for housing and agriculture. For more than a century, this has been at the heart of the social and economic inequality that that has scarred our country," Dr. Phillips declared.
" Equally, we reaffirmed the commitment of the next PNP administration to substantially re-imagine and reform the educational system so that we can end once and for all the disparities in the learning environment that separate the so-called traditional and non-traditional schools and which condemns so many Jamaicans to a life of continuing poverty.
"We are committed to eliminating these ills through radical and far-reaching programmes and policies facilitated by relevant legislation and simplified regulations.
"My team and I, will be sharing our policy framework with the public beginning with the budget debate and will subsequently organize public forums islandwide to continue the discussion," The Opposition leader said.
The PNP President pointed out that the primary objective of the three-day retreat of the Shadow Cabinet was to focus on developing a policy framework to guide the next PNP government to achieve equitable growth and build a Jamaica that works for all, and not just a few.
The discussions were around the urgent need to build on he platform for sustained and equitable growth that had been laid by the economic recovery programme between 2012 and 2016.
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