Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaicans have much to be thankful for as the Nation celebrates 57 years of Political Independence. However he says he is fully aware that much more needs to be done and the Government is on the way to dealing with some of those issues including protecting the environment and fighting corruption.
In his message the Prime Minister lists several positives in the economy including :the lowest unemployment rate in the country’s history, low and stable inflation, reduced interest rates including mortgage rates and historically high rates of housing construction.
He said the Government is moving to protect the environment and mentioned the definition of the Cockpit Country as a protected area, single use plastic ban and the impending deposit on plastic bottles. “Shortly I will announce a massive tree planting programme right across Jamaica,” he said.
Prime Minister Holness also said corruption was of grave concern to the nation.
“This administration has taken decisive steps to create a robust anti-corruption framework and build strong public institutions where corruption cannot flourish.” He listed steps taken including the creation of the Integrity Commission and providing the structure and independence of MOCA to investigate corruption cases.
Mr Holness said: “At 57 we are still a young nation. The future is looking bright. We have achieved much, but there is still much more to be done.”