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MLSS PR Unit November 9, 2023

Dr. Dunn Urges New JPC Advisory Board to Focus on Tangible Outcomes for Jamaica’s Economic Productivity

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023


Dr. Dunn Urges New JPC Advisory Board to Focus on Tangible Outcomes for Jamaica’s Economic Productivity

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is pleased to announce a significant development as Dr. the Hon. Norman Dunn, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, delivered an inspiring address to the newly appointed Advisory Board of the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) during their inaugural board meeting on Friday, November 3.

The meeting, which took place at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Office in Kingston, marks the dawn of a dynamic, results-oriented strategy aimed at enhancing productivity and fostering economic growth throughout Jamaica.

Under the capable leadership of Chairman Mr. Omar Azan, the recently formed Advisory Board is composed of distinguished policy oriented research professionals with extensive experience in productivity, business development, research, digitalization, and organizational efficiency. Their collective expertise uniquely positions them to steer the JPC in fulfilling its mission of cultivating a culture of productivity and economic prosperity across the nation.

Minister of State Dr. Norman Dunn, in his address to the board, underscored the urgent need for concrete, measurable outcomes to address the challenges faced by various sectors in Jamaica. He emphasized that the JPC’s role extends beyond promoting productivity as a mere concept; it is dedicated to delivering practical and actionable solutions that enhance economic mobility, boost efficiency, and elevate the quality of life for all Jamaican citizens.

Minister Dunn emphasized, “We must move swiftly beyond theory and rhetoric and focus on achieving tangible results for productivity and transformation, in Jamaica. The Advisory Board, under the stewardship of Mr. Azan, bears the significant responsibility of translating ideas into actions that will benefit our nation. We aim to create a lasting impact on the productivity landscape, commencing with our students in schools especially.”

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security acknowledges the pivotal role played by the JPC in building a competitive and prosperous economy and improving the quality of life for all Jamaican citizens. Minister of State Dr. Norman Dunn reaffirmed the Ministry’s full support for the JPC’s objectives and commitment to providing the necessary resources to achieve measurable results.
Chairman Omar Azan, in response, pledged his dedication to guiding the JPC board towards a strategic direction that will meet the Centre’s objectives and lead transformation in productivity across various sectors in Jamaica.

Motivated by the Minister’s impassioned charge, the sixteen-member Advisory Board is eager to assume their roles with unwavering commitment to formulating practical solutions that will foster economic growth and elevate productivity levels across Jamaica.
The Ministry eagerly anticipates an impactful and strategic approach to addressing national issues by the JPC under the leadership of its new Chairman. We look forward to a future characterized by quantifiable outcomes that will drive progress and prosperity in our great nation.


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