August 4, 2021


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Initiatives must be implemented to boost productivity gains – Samuda – Jamaica Gleaner

Minister of Labour and Social Safety Karl Samuda says Jamaica should actively search to implement .......

Minister of Labour and Social Safety Karl Samuda says Jamaica should actively search to implement transformative initiatives Which will place the labour strain to generate and maintain sustainable productiveness positive elements.

“This will be accomplished with cautious consideration to areas Similar to labour market reform, education, infrastructure that helps know-how adoption, focused fundings in evaluation and enhancement As properly as to reallocating assets to greater worth-added manufacturing,” Samuda said.

Samuda’s message was study by Senior Director for the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) Technical Assist Unit, Colin Turner, By way of the entity’s digital productiveness discussion board on Tuesday.

The discussion board was Amongst The numerous actions marking World Productivity Day on June 20, beneath the theme ‘Nationwide Pathway in the direction of Resilient and Sustainable Productivity Enchancment’.

Noting fluctuations in Jamaica’s productiveness ranges By way of the years, Samuda said The federal authorities recognised that “We now Want to collectively take part Inside the [enhancement] course of by turning into extra versatile and adaptable, notably Inside The mannequin new working environment [Launched on by the coronavirus (COVID-19)]”.

He maintained that as inventive and revolutionary methods are recognized To enhance productiveness By way of the pandemic, It is crucial to additionally Keep in thoughts that “at [its] core is effectivity”.

“The extra environment nice We’re with our labour, funding and pure assets, the extra We will produce. Our objective is To not solely produce extra. We’d Want to current greater portions and qualities Of merchandise and providers with every hour of labour, every greenback of funding, And every ounce of our pure assets,” the labour and social security minister added.

Samuda contended that Jamaica Might have progress if productiveness enhances, “and if we apply The proper strategies and methods Which will enconstructive regular and sustainable enhancement[s]”.

“This reveals us that our nation should not solely think about The potential of extra people working However in addition Make constructive that new jobs are, certainly, associated to productive actions,” he said.

Samuda voiced concern that the decline in productiveness “has taken Jamaica off a path of enhancement”, including that the COVID-19 pandemic “threatens our capability To maneuver nearer to the state of a developed nation”.

“As we proceed to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on The worldwide financial system, the Jamaica Productivity Centre Shall be working to strengthen partnerships with stakeholders and spotlight potential options, success tales and biggest practices… and our subsequent step To promote progress Inside the Jamaican financial system,” he said.

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