President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, William Mahfood, has apologized to Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier.

The apology follows Mr. Mahfood’s recent comments regarding the proposed implementation of a cess on imported refined sugar.

At the height of the debate over the sugar cess, Mr. Mahfood said he would NOT be paying the new cess.

He also referred to Minister Kellier as being exuberant and a rogue.

Mr. Mahfood says after reflection, he has taken the decision to apologize to the Minister.

He says in hindsight the comments were inappropriate and a result of the continued frustrations manufacturers face each year over proposed government measures that negatively affect businesses and the wider business environment.

Mr Mahfood noted that it’s important to set an example in both the public and private sectors.

He says when it’s realized that comments are made that can detract from the real issues, it’s important to take corrective action as soon as possible.

Mr Mahfood says in seeking solutions between the public and private sectors, it’s important to always seek to ensure a harmonious environment which is necessary to grow the country together.

The PSOJ President says he looks forward to working with Minister Kellier and his team and all other stakeholders at arriving at an amicable solution in the shortest possible time.