Finance Minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, says Jamaica observed its greatest reduction in poverty in over a decade in 2018.

Dr. Clarke was reporting from the Survey of Living Conditions for that year which shows a 40 per cent reduction in poverty.

Dr. Clarke says under the Holness administration, Jamaica has recorded its greatest period of economic performance.

He says this is proof the policies of the administration are working.

However, Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Mark Golding, says it’s untrue that all economic variables were heading in the right direction pre COVID-19.

He says the government’s current response to the economic plight brought on by COVID19 has been inadequate, despite what was achieved in 2018.

Mark Golding, Opposition Spokesman on Finance.

They were speaking in the House of Representatives this afternoon.