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J. Paul Thomas

The youngest President of the JMA, J. Paul Thomas (1985-1988) is still remembered for his intense lobbying efforts for the removal of the structural disincentives to production, to enable manufacturers to adjust to the increasingly competitive international environment of the late 1980’s. The successes of his Presidency included the reduction of duties on capital goods and spare parts, the passage of screwdriver legislation and the provision of cheaper funds for manufacturing through various windows. Under his leadership, the JMA also played an integral role in the drafting of the Anti- Dumping legislation.