PSOJ awaiting invitation to Vale Royal Talks

Howard Mitchell
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says it is anxiously awaiting an invitation to the Vale Royal Talks amid concern about the continued rise in the country's murder tally.
The private sector had planned a crime summit last month hoping to get the government and opposition to agree on a plan to tackle the crime problem.
However, it was cancelled to facilitate the budget debate.
Howard Mitchell, President of the PSOJ, now says he has been informed the private sector will be asked to join the Vale Royal Talks. 
"We are very concerned about the fact that the muder rate is still increasing, we are also concerned, and it's not to be forgotton, that we have to address the issue of public order and discipline," Mr. Mitchell outlined. 
He said there is need for a timeline in which these matters must be addressed, but for the time being, the organisation is awaiting the formal invitation from the government to participate in the talks. 
There were 385 reported murders in Jamaica from January 1 up to April 12.
That was a 4.1 per cent increase over the similar period last year.  

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