Chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee, EPOC, Keith Duncan says the gradual reopening of the Jamaican economy is necessary to get the country’s financial affairs in order.

He notes however this will be a calculated risk.

Meanwhile, Mr. Duncan says he’s not in agreement with critics suggesting that the Government caved to demands of powerful private sector financiers to gradually reopen the economy.

And Mr Duncan notes that despite uncertainty in the economy Jamaica has been deliberate and proactive.

This despite adding that the IMF assumptions are credible.

Keith Duncan,  Chairman of EPOC speaking last evening on Nationwide@5.