Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS - Mcpherse.thomp­son@glean­erjm.com

“The prime min­is­ter (last Thurs­day) said there will be trans­for­ma­tion and there will be some dis­place­ment, but the fact of the mat­ter is that even if you have dis­place­ment, I don’t think that should be the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of trans­for­ma­tion,” Den­nis Chung said.

What “trans­for­ma­tion should be is to bring ef­fi­ciency, and if dis­place­ment hap­pens be­cause of it, fine. But what will hap­pen in the mean­time, ... you’ll have the pri­vate sec­tor grow­ing, and the econ­omy, we project, will con­tinue grow­ing if we deal with this crime sit­u­a­tion in par­tic­u­lar, which is the num­ber-one prob­lem right now, and I think peo­ple will eas­ily find jobs,” said Chung.

“What we need to lend our minds to is how do we help with the tran­si­tion of peo­ple and re­train­ing of peo­ple who might be dis­placed. That is what we need to start think­ing about now so we don’t have peo­ple be­ing added to the un­em­ploy­ment list. We move them from one sec­tor to the next,” he said.

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