IMF hails Jamaica's reforms programme
An IMF staff team led by Mr. Nigel Chalk, Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, and Ms. Uma Ramakrishnan, Mission Chief for Jamaica, is in Kingston today for a brief post-election staff visit. After meeting The Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his economic team, the team said, IMF looks forward to continuing to support Jamaica under its new leadership.
Today's meeting with Prime Minister Holness and his economic team provided a good opportunity to exchange views on the economic challenges and opportunies that Jamaica faces at this juncture, and on the policy proposals that have been put forward by the JLP in its election manifesto.
We are appreciative of the JLP's intention to continue to implement Jamaica's economic reform program supported by a four-year IMF Extended Fund Facility (EFF), which was approved by the IMF Executive Board in May 2013. The reform program has thus far been successful in restoring macroeconomic stability and reducing public debt.
We have agreed to continue a close and open dialogue with the Jamaican authorities on designing the policies needed to remove obstacles to strong and sustained growth, focusing on job creation, tackling poverty, reducing the public debt, and advancing public sector efficiency.
There was also agreement on the importance of achieving the fiscal targets in the current program. In that context, fiscal measures should be designed to be consistent with a primary surplus target of 7 percent of GDP in 2016/17 and tax policy reforms should continue to contribute to a fair, equitable, and efficient tax system.