Saturday 26 September, 2020

Private sector calls for political refocus on reaching crime consensus

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) have advised that the groups are jointly encouraging the leadership of the island’s political parties to urge their spokespersons to channel their efforts towards realising national consensus on crime.

“Like all Jamaicans, we continue to be concerned that, despite efforts, crime remains at crisis levels,” said the groups in a joint media release on Thursday.

“In late October (2019), we joined the two political parties and many other civic groups in committing to attaining a national consensus on crime. The… private sector groupings have noted the heightened level of political rhetoric building about the state of crime in the country.

In recent times, spurred by ongoing instances of violent criminal activities, we also notice (that) the discourse has seemingly moved away from being collaborative, to once again being combative on the matter,” the release stated.

“We call on both leaders to keep their teams focused on taking a joint and collaborative position on fighting crime as their primary objective, and while we continue to support the team working on finalising the consensus views, we similarly urge them to expedite the conclusion of this united view on the steps that need to be taken to reduce this growing scourge of violence and crime that grips our nation,” the groups added.

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