Holness assures J’cans in NY of commitment to transform country
NEW YORK, USA — Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday sought to assure Jamaicans here that his Government has been “working hard to ensure the transformation of Jamaica into the preferred place to live, work, raise a family, and retire”.
The prime minister gave the assurance at a packed town hall meeting in Queens, during which he acknowledged the many challenges facing the country, outlined plans to secure lasting improvements, and sought the engagement and assistance of the Diaspora in bringing about the transformation.
He listed three major areas of concern as crime, education and the reduction of bureaucracy, which he said are receiving priority attention in the Government’s drive for economic growth.
Jamaica, he said, has been working with and receiving the assistance of the United States Government in tackling the high level of crime, much of which he blamed on the lottery scam.
Holness also reported that a coordinated approach, which will see an alignment of the education system with the economic plans, is being addressed by the Administration.
At the same time, he said efforts were being made to reduce bureaucracy, “as it is affecting investment initiatives and growth”.
The prime minister said the priority attention being given to improving these areas, along with the continued proper management of the fiscal affairs, could result in economic growth reminiscent of the 1960s.
— Harold Bailey