Forty-five cents of every dollar the government spends goes to wages for public sector workers.

That’s according to the International Monetary Fund, IMF’s Resident Representative for Jamaica, Dr Constant Lonkeng Ngouana. He says that is triple the amount the government spends on capital.

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His comment comes as the government is grappling with testy public sector workers including teachers, who’re demanding more than the 16-percent wage increase it’s offering over a four year period.

In the meantime, the IMF Jamaica Representative, is urging the government to spend more on programmes aimed at preventing crime.

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Mr. Lonkeng Ngouana was speaking yesterday at yesterday’s Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Post Budget Forum 2018.