Institutional thinking stifling country’s growth, says PM

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says he is moving to challenge the institutional way of thinking and the current bureaucracy in Government, which he claimed are hindrances to the country’s growth prospects.

The prime minister said a change is needed to attract greater investment.

“Because of how our institutional thinking has emerged, we end up being stuck in a mould. My job is to break that mould and everything that I have done so far as prime minister, is to challenge the institutional thinking that has kept us from growing and I will continue to challenge it because it needs to be done,” said the prime minsiter last Friday at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Amaterra Group’s Hotel project in Stewart Castle, Trelawny.

Prime Minister Holness said with several projects to come on stream, there is a real risk of delays because of bureaucracy as was the case with Amaterra Hotel project.

“We lament there is this bureaucracy that for historical reasons for maybe sometimes political reasons, and maybe sometimes just lethargy; we don’t get things done as quickly as we should. It is something that I (have) spent a lot of time on, not because I am directly focused on these issues, but more so because I stand at the intersection of these issues. So they come to me for resolution and, as prime minister, I find that I dedicate quite a bit of my time to resolving legacy issues. Legacy in the sense of problems left behind unsolved and this one was one of them,” stated Holness.

He asserted that the Government is focused on making the process of approval and permitting easier for investors to move from “thought to realisation very quickly”. He also used the opportunity to encourage more investment into the country.

“There are great things lined up for Jamaica and we invite all investors to participate; never mind the bureaucracy, we will fix that, and we are fixing that, and I’m seeing where a technocrat is emerging,” said Prime Minister Holness

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