A release from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition said the meeting, held at the West Kings House Road Office of the Leader of the Opposition, was initiated by the joint group amidst corruption allegations affecting the administration, specifically in relation to the scandal at the nation's sole oil refinery - PetroJam.
They included the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC) and the National Integrity Action (NIA).
The meeting sought to address current governance challenges, offerings key points of resolution and underscored the importance of integrity and credibility in leadership, particularly at the political level.
“We discussed the challenges of governance, which currently arise in the country and which have been brought to a head by the PetroJam issues. We exchanged many useful ideas in our wide-ranging discussion; and we offered support to their five-point action plan which they presented. We also took the opportunity to present some ideas of our own,” Dr. Phillips said.
The Opposition Leader said he assured the group of his lifelong commitment to the principles of integrity and the history of the People’s National Party (PNP) in its stance against corrupt practices.
He said the party has always taken action against its ministers in the face of corruption accusations.
He reiterated that as the leader of the PNP, integrity is a value that he holds dearly and that the PNP is determined to maintain the highest standards of probity and a demonstrable and decisive intolerance of corruption in any future government.
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