State of Public Emergency Across Western Jamaica Could Be Affecting Business Confidence – JCB Chairman

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Chairman of the Jamaica Conference Board, Andre Gooden, says the State of Public Emergency in western Jamaica may have influenced the results of the latest consumer and business confidence survey.

The findings, which were released yesterday, show that business confidence dipped marginally in the second quarter of this year.

It also shows that due to several socio-economic factors, including crime and the fluctuating exchange rate, Jamaican businesses are growing reluctant to invest and expand their current operations.

Andre Gooden, Chairman of the Jamaica Conference Board.

In the meantime, Managing Director of Market Research Services Limited, Don Anderson, says consumer confidence strengthened in the second quarter of 2019.

Don Anderson, Managing Director of Market Research Services Limited.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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