Private Sector urge continuation of National Debates

Press Release                                                                          

February 12, 2016

For Immediate Release


The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) urge continuation of National Debates

Despite the People’s National Party’s (PNP) refusal to participate in the national debates, the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) are strongly urging the Jamaica National Debates Commission (JDC) to proceed in the staging of the event.  The staging of the national political debates have become one of the benchmarks for good governance, and it is incomprehensible that the people of Jamaica should be deprived of such an essential aspect of the democratic process.

At this critical juncture in our nation’s development and political direction, we have a responsibility to empower our citizens with the requisite knowledge to make an informed decision regarding the future of Jamaica. It cannot be, that at a time when the world over is making strides to engage the electorate, the current administration would not seek to use the national debates as a platform to engage the people of Jamaica.

We also find it untenable that to date, the Manifestos of both political parties are yet to be made accessible to the public. At what point then is it proposed that will be able to scrutinize the Manifestos, given the proximity of the impending Election? Manifestos are an essential ingredient to democratic legitimacy and provide an opportunity for the public to engage our political aspirants.  Political parties must produce materials to which they can be held to account if elected, as Manifestos allow parties to be clear and open about their priorities, enabling voters to identity with parties in a transparent manner. 

As a coalition of private sector entities, we continue to advocate for responsible rhetoric during the period of campaigning. We demand our leaders place emphasis on issues of critical importance to the growth and sustainable development of Jamaica. We demand that our leaders demonstrate the fortitude necessary to propel this country Jamaica, to the heights of greatness we know it can reach, and we plead to the JDC to do the right thing and stage the national debates. 


Contact: D’Jamila Ward Public Relations Officer BUY JAMAICAN…CREATE JAMAICAN JOBS Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association Ltd. 85A Duke Street, Kinston Tel: 922- 8880-3 Fax: 922-9205 Email: djamila@jma.com.jm