Jamaican government clashes with opposition on crime and IMF on growth

Prime Minister Andrew Holness. JIS photo

By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican economy recorded growth of 1.8 percent for the April–June 2018 quarter compared with the corresponding quarter of 2017, according to the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ).

The PIOJ director general, Dr Wayne Henry, reported at the Institute’s quarterly press briefing that this represented the strongest quarterly growth in approximately two years that is, since July–September 2016 and marked 14 consecutive quarters of positive growth.

Improved weather conditions; the positive impact of resumption of operations at Jamaica’s largest alumina refinery; and higher levels of construction activities contributed to…

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