UWI Vice Chancellor Recommends ‘Social Growth Czar’ for Jamaica


There’s a recommendation this afternoon for the appointment of a social growth czar for Jamaica.

The suggestion to the government has come from the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.

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He says issues of poverty and inequality must be tackled if the country is to achieve the economic growth it desires.

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He made reference to Trinidad and Tobago, noting that there must be a balance between social equity and economic development.

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Meanwhile, Professor Beckles says the University of the West Indies, Mona, is committed to the growth paradigm established by the Michael Lee Chin-led Economic Growth Council.

He was speaking this morning at a ceremony to induct Prime Minister Andrew Holness into the University’s Honour Park