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Government of Jamaica


Opening Remarks of the Director General, PIOJ, at the Growth Inducement Programme Economic Growth Forum

How Technological Disruptions Can Support Growth

Opening Remarks
Planning Institute of Jamaica
Growth Inducement Programme, Economic Growth Forum
Wayne Henry, PhD, JP
Director General
Planning Institute of Jamaica

Good morning.

On behalf of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, I am pleased to welcome you all to the Growth Inducement Programme’s second annual Economic Growth Forum, today held under the theme “How Technological Disruptions Can Support Growth”.

For the past year, Jamaica, and indeed the entire world, has had to face, adapt to, and begin recovery from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even from our modus operandi today, it is apparent that COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we live, work and do business in Jamaica – by significantly accelerating the use of digital technologies in all spheres. This pivoting from traditional to digital has been recently explored in fora on various aspects of resilience to shocks, particularly the importance of digitalisation of public and private services.