As governments and businesses plot the path to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria Mutual Group (VM) President and CEO Courtney Campbell, has called for transformational thinking and bold moves to ensure that the nation and region will emerge stronger than before.
Addressing the University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Education and Operation Save Jamaica’s Transformational Research Conference last Thursday (March 25), Campbell said that businesses should critically assess how they can incorporate digital technologies and agile approaches to future-proof their operations in the post-COVID era.
This, he said, will require greater urgency from business leaders, worker representatives, and legislators in ensuring a seamless transition “to the new normal”.
“Organisations should also be prepared to partner with local universities and open their doors for research as this may provide vital information in the preparation of the emerging workforce,” he said.
Campbell said there needs to be active collaboration with the education sector in updating curricula and expanding investment in the skills needed for the job market of the future. He further called on stakeholders to look into how labour laws can be updated to better serve a more inclusive and sustainable Jamaican economy.