President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association, JMEA, Richard Pandohie says the COVID 19 pandemic has exposed the importance of sectors like agriculture and manufacturing.

He was reacting to the World Bank’s report titled Poverty and shared Prosperity 2020, which was published recently.

It found that COVID-19 will make some100 million people extremely poor during 2020 alone.

And it says the new poor are more urban, better educated, and less likely to work in agriculture than those living in extreme poverty before COVID-19.

Mr Pandohie says he’s not surprised that more people are facing poverty due to the pandemic.

But he says he’s confident the Jamaican economy can recover if greater focus is given to agriculture, agro processing and manufacturing.

Richard Pandohie, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association, speaking with Nationwide News.