Chairman of the Sagicor Group, Richard Byles, says that improvement in Jamaica's human capital within both the public and private sectors should be an essential part of national development and transformation plans.
“While in Jamaica we are lacking financial capital, we certainly aren't lacking in human capital. For one thing, one of our major objectives in any development plan must be to educate Jamaicans, on any level, to be the best, no matter their career or job choice,” Byles stated.
He emphasised that competition in human capital at the regional and international levels will highlight the need to prioritise training and capacity building at the national level.
Having recently retired as Sagicor's CEO and president to assume chairmanship of the group, Byles was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM) Third Annual Business and Management Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay.
During his address, Byles explored several current and pressing issues of national interest, including strategies for growing the Jamaican economy, the need for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as the importance of establishing policies that will result in the improvement of human capital in order to drive growth.