President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Keith Duncan is supporting a World Bank recommendation for Jamaica to import talent for higher value services which can eventually lead to a base for knowledge transfer.

He says this will help to bridge the short to medium term skill gap over the next two to five years while capacity is built in schools to meet the needs of the private sector.

Mr Duncan says it will also equip, train and upskill the youth and labour force to meet the needs of the fast emerging knowledge based digital economy.

He says the PSOJ is calling for a Public Private Partnership Working Group in the short term to examine these issues.

The PSOJ boss also wants the group to recommend changes in immigration policy and labour laws to address the growing deficit in the labour market.