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PNP to focus on crime solutions on final day of 3-day retreat

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The final day of a three-day shadow Cabinet retreat, which began on Friday, will see People's National Party (PNP) spokespersons focus on building on the solutions to crime and violence, which the party says it has put forward over the past few months.

The shadow Cabinet discussions come in the context of a bloody start to the year, which culminated with a state of emergency being declared in the parish of St James.

A release from the PNP this morning said the prior two days focused on "developing a policy framework for achieving growth in the society, based on equity and the desire of the majority of the Jamaican people to be included in mainstream Jamaican life".

In particular, the party said findings of their commissions on land ownership, education and 'youth employment and the new economy' played a key role in discussions at the retreat.

The party said it was committed to eliminating inequality within the society and launched these commissions last year, in line with that commitment.

Party president Dr Peter Phillips was quoted in the release as saying that one of the ways to achieve this goal was achieving the nation's full agricultural capacity.

The Opposition leader added: “It is also critical that decent housing is provided and that there is focus on broadening the economy through the massive expansion of small and medium-sized businesses”.

The retreat ends later today.

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