The Jamaica Manufacturer’s Association (JMA) has made the call for politicians to focus on issues that will assist in driving the country forward ahead of the February 25 General Elections.

In a release issued yesterday, the JMA said these issues include the need for greater recognition of the role of the manufacturing sector in promoting growth through social partnerships.

It says other issues such as the existing tax regime and the high rates of crime and violence also need to be addressed.

Going forward, the JMA says it will support whichever party that forms the next government however, political practitioners and aspirants need to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric as they embark on the period of campaigning.