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JAMAICA | PNP wants to meet with Private Sector leadership

Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, M.P., Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, M.P.,
Kingston, Jamaica, December 13, 2018. - Today's request by Leader of the Opposition PNP , Dr. Peter Phillips, for an urgent meeting through PSOJ President Howard Mitchell, to fully ventilate all the issues involved in the Opposition’s vote against further extensions of the States of Emergancy (SOE) was quickly taken op by the PSOJ.
On Thursday afternoon, PSOJ President Howard Mitchell said the organisation was in meetings with members of the People's National Party (PNP). He said meetings were to be held with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) after.

In a statement today Dr. Phillips said he made the request for the meeting with the composite private sector leadership including all signatories to the statement.

The meeting will be provided with responses to all questions raised in the statement and will also continue a dialogue began at a meeting last week with the PSOJ President.

Dr. Phillips said he will also be having further meetings with the leadership of the Churches, Civil Society Groups and the Trade Unions.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has joined the call for a continuation of the States of Emergency. 
 
The JHTA on Thursday said it is concerned about the decision of the Parliamentary Opposition to withdraw its support for the security measures in St. James, the St. Catherine North Police Division and sections of the Corporate Area.
 
In a release, the JHTA said the extension of the Zones of Special Operation in Mount Salem, St. James and the West Kingston community of Denham Town is not enough to address crime. 
 
It added that the States of Emergency have been instrumental in curbing crime.
 
The JHTA said, while the security measures are not a long term crime fighting strategy, it is concerned about what will happen without an effective transition. 
 
The Association said the government and opposition should come together in a non-partisan way to finalise a sustainable crime prevention plan.

JAMAICA'S three most powerful private sector lobby groups yesterday requested an urgent meeting with the leadership of both the Government and Opposition in order to address concerns and review the issues surrounding the Opposition's vote to end the states of public emergency (SOE).

The call from the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), and Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) came amidst growing public disappointment and anger at the position taken by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) that will result in the anti-crime measure coming to a halt on January 2 in St Catherine North; January 7 in sections of the Corporate Area; and January 31 in St James.

  • Countries: Jamaica

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