Jamaica’s P.M. Names COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has announced the establishment of a Cabinet-approved multi-sectoral Task Force to oversee Jamaica’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Speaking at a digital media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Monday (April 27), Mr. Holness said the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force will be chaired by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, who is one of several Cabinet members on the team.

The others are Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Audley Shaw; Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett; Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology, Fayval Williams; and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz.

Other stakeholder members are Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) President and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Gordon Shirley; National Road Operating and Constructing Company Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Anderson; Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President, Keith Duncan; Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President, Lloyd Distant Jr.; Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) President, Richard Pandohie; and Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) President, Omar Robinson.

Also on the task force are MSME Alliance President, Donovan Wignall; Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) President, Helene Davis-White; Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President, Lenworth Fulton; Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) President, Gloria Henry; former PSOJ Presidents, Joseph M. Matalon, Christopher Zacca, and William Mahfood; gender activist, Nadine Spence; hotelier, Adam Stewart; tourism attractions operator, John Byles; and member of Partnership for Jamaica, Professor Alvin Wint.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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