Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, says the Government did not ask its powerful friends in the US Congress, to seek the help of US President Barack Obama, in lobbying the IMF to relax certain conditions under the country’s economic management programme.
In a letter to Obama, sent last week Tuesday, the Congressional leaders say the time has come to revisit the terms of Jamaica’s programme with the IMF.
They note that the programme is counter-productive to economic growth and threatens the country’s social cohesion.
Since news broke of the letter, speculation has been rife that the Simpson Miller administration asked its friends in Congress to lobby on its behalf.
At a PNP meeting in Clarendon on Sunday, Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips said he has periodic meetings with the authors of the letter.
But speaking with Nationwide News today at the Post-Cabinet media briefing, Senator Falconer said the government didn’t ask its friends in Congress for help.
Senator Falconer says it would be good for the IMF to relax some of the stringent targets under the ongoing programme.