Wednesday, 3 October 2018

NEWS & NOTES: PM Andrew Holness addresses human rights concerns at UN + Makeba Bennett-Easy given the nod as new PSOJ CEO

HEART & MIND: Addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last Thursday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness reminded global leaders to be mindful of those who suffer discrimination, on the eve of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Jamaica has been at the forefront of international human rights, having been the first country to incorporate human rights into our foreign policy strategy – a principle that we guard fiercely,” the PM said. “We never lose sight of the responsibility to promote and protect the interests of the vulnerable. We are especially keen to ensure that our women, children and persons living with disabilities, elderly and young people can make meaningful contributions and reap the benefits of a safe and prosperous society.”

WOMAN IN CHARGE: With her appointment taking effect Monday, October 1, Makeba Bennett-Easy is the new CEO of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), succeeding Jennifer McDonald, who has resigned. Bennett-Easy, whose corporate world trajectory includes stints at First Global Bank, Flow and Executive Dynamix, says stepping up to the coveted CEO post is the opportunity of a lifetime. “This is an exciting time for the PSOJ, as it transforms to facilitate continued delivery on its commitment to promote a productive private sector and influence national policy issues,” she says. “I am grateful to have been selected and provided with the opportunity to lead the organization through this exciting phase.”

Quote Me!
“He was the root and the tree of the [Private Sector Organization of Jamaica] for many years. The advice and service he gave were invaluable to us.” – PSOJ President Howard Mitchell paying tribute to the late William ‘Billy’ McConnell

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