Jamaica Gleaner Online
Prime Minister Bruce Golding says if Jamaica is to keep pace with the competition globally, the productivity level of the Jamaican labour force will have to be improved.
Addressing the 27th conference of the Human Resources Management Association of Jamaica on Saturday, Golding said he has already approached the Planning Institute of Jamaica to provide an annual index on the productivity level of the labour force to determine whether it is getting better, holding its own or is slipping away.
The conference was held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande hotel in Ocho Rios.
The Prime Minister said Jamaica was part of a world where “the rules of the game have shifted, the goals are bigger and, therefore, everybody was falling into line in pursuit of economic growth and activity”.
He said human capital cannot be excluded from the productivity process.
“In this borderless world in which we live, we are facing a level of competition that we have never faced before. Investors looking for a destination to place their investment no longer have a narrow list from which to choose. The competition is not just how we face foreign investment but how we hold on to our own market to maintain a share for ourselves,” he said.