The Prime Minister defined productivity as “a practical pathway by which this country can accelerate and sustain growth in gross domestic product (GDP). The week is being observed under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth: Getting From 2013-2030’ Story Highlights Mrs. Simpson Miller said that attacking the problem of low productivity is critical for economic growth in the short to medium term. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is calling for an increase in the level of productivity, to ensure economic growth and a better standard of living for all Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller said that attacking the problem of low productivity is critical for accelerating economic growth in the short to medium term and this is clearly articulated in Vision 2030, the country’s roadmap for development.“To move from our current level of productivity in 2013 to an improved level in 2030, every Jamaican has a critical role to play. It will be our united effort that will yield economic rewards that will benefit not only the country, but each individual,” the Prime Minister said, as she addressed the opening ceremony of National Productivity Awareness Week on October 7, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.The week is being observed under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth: Getting From 2013-2030’, which Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out is well aligned to the government’s economic growth agenda.“As the economy grows, we want the social development indicators to improve. My government will never leave any of our people behind. Our mission is to find ways and means of achieving higher levels of economic growth, whilst ensuring that our programmes of social inclusion will stem poverty and hopelessness in our society,” she said.The Prime Minister defined productivity as “a practical pathway by which this country can accelerate and sustain growth in gross domestic product (GDP); enhance growth in the standard of living of our people, thereby enhancing their human dignity; reduce inflationary pressures and ensure price stability; raise profits and profitability of businesses; generate employment and decent jobs; and attract high value added foreign investments with the commensurate technology and innovation.”She pointed out that declining productivity means that Jamaican output is becoming less competitive, relative to that of other countries. “This means that our ability to compete on the domestic and overseas markets is being retarded. This in turn restricts the ability of our economy to absorb additional workers and pay them a decent wage. This is why this government sought to place emphasis on improving productivity,” the Prime Minister emphasized.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that one of the first things that discerning foreign investors look for is the level of economic activity and productivity by local investors. “It is with this in mind that the Government is placing strong emphasis on encouraging our local investors and exporters to lift their productivity levels. We are also encouraging and supporting efforts for business expansion, reinvestments and job creation,” she added.She cautioned however, that investor confidence cannot be built overnight and global competitiveness, perceived or practically achieved, is a moving target.“The one constant is the excellence that resides within the Jamaican productive sector and a dynamic business support network,” she said, adding that partnership is the key to “our collective success.”She urged the Jamaica Productivity Centre, the organization hosting the week of activities, to step up its support of the national effort to improve Jamaica’s global competitiveness.The Prime Minister also called for a programme of public education, “to ensure that all Jamaicans understand what productivity is and what increasing productivity means to our survival as a nation.”Mrs. Simpson Miller urged participants in the week of activities to think outside the box during their deliberations. “Be bold, be imaginative, debate, discuss and select the options that can help the transformation of our economic agents and public agencies to become more competitive, in order for us to gain high economic status and social transformation.”
Amaravati: Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday made a futile bid to venture out of his house at Undavalli here to proceed to Palnadu region in Guntur district as part of his ‘Chalo Atmakuru’ call against alleged eviction of some villagers.Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang issued a statement, through the Chief Minister’s Office, that Naidu was taken into “preventive custody” as “his actions are increasing tensions and creating disturbance to law and order in the Palnadu region of Guntur district.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsA large contingent of police, including several DSPs, tied the main entrance gate of Naidu’s riverfront residence with ropes and also shut other gates to prevent him from coming out. Talking to reporters inside the compound, the former Chief Minister termed the police action as “atrocious” and “unprecedented in history.” “The situation is horrible. Many of our party leaders, including MPs and MLAs, have been taken into custody at various places. Several others were kept under house arrest,” Naidu said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Leader of Opposition announced that he would not give up and certainly undertake the Atmakuru visit whenever police allowed him. Alleging that about 120 Scheduled Caste families have been driven out of their village by the YSR Congress and police, he said, “They are taking shelter in a camp organised by the TDP. I wanted to take them back to the village and ensure that everyone there lived in harmony.” “I will see how long they will keep me under house arrest. I will not be cowed down. I will stand by the victims and fight for their rights,” Naidu asserted. Countering the TDP chief’s claims, state Animal Husbandry Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana said Naidu was indulging in “shameless politics” by using “paid artists” as victims.