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Duncan: PNP will have serious political work when IMF deal inked

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, November 02, 2012    

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KNOCKALVA, Hanover — Chairman of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Region Six Dr DK Duncan says the party will have to undertake some "serious political work" in explaining to the public the difficulties they will face when an agreement between the Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is reached.

Dr Duncan, who was speaking with the Jamaica Observer on Sunday, following the PNP's Regional Executive Council (REC) Region Six meeting at the Knockalva Technical High School in Hanover, said the PNP would also need to challenge Jamaicans to accept some of the opportunities that will arise from a new agreement with the IMF.

During the meeting of the party's Region Six — which covers St James, Hanover and Westmoreland — a male party delegate voiced strong disappointment with the Government and the party for the "poor communication to the public about the IMF and other Government matters". The delegate pointed out that there was no communications director for the party, adding that the information provided to the public by the State-run Jamaica Information Service (JIS) was woefully inadequate.

Dr Duncan told the meeting that representation will be made to the party's executive for corrective actions to be taken.

"People feel they are not getting enough information, both at the party level through our own communications arm and at the Government level through the Government's communications arm, the JIS," Dr Duncan explained.

"We will make representations to the (party) executive for some corrective action to be taken to ensure that the country is kept abreast on a continuous basis as to what is happening, for example, with the IMF agreements," he said.

The veteran politician added that at the regional level, the party would be making use of advanced technology to communicate with the people.

"We will now have to develop a much more sophisticated method of communication. We have to now use the social media, we have to [start] messaging people whether through Facebook, Twitter, everything; all of the advanced technology," said Duncan, who is also the member of Parliament for Eastern Hanover.

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