Get a national consensus on crime, make the ID a priority and reduce bureaucracy in business transactions.

Those are what the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ, says should be areas of focus in 2020, to improve the nation’s economic growth rate.

PSOJ President Keith Duncan notes the economy has seen on average, a growth rate of 2-percent this year, amid global trends that affected the local mining sector.

And he says crime continues to persist at crisis levels despite a significant increased budgetary allocation to the National Security Ministry.

Up to December 16, this year, 1273 people were murdered, 1212 were shot and wounded, there were 1155 robberies and 1167 break-ins.

The PSOJ boss says the nation’s crime crisis needs a national and collaborative response.

He says there’s also need for more investment in youth especially those who’re potential gangsters.

Mr. Duncan says to improve business, the controversial National Identification System should be treated as a priority.

Keith Duncan, PSOJ President.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the country should expect a new National Identification bill by the end of the current fiscal year.