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  • Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, says Jamaicans should do everything to see the dream of Vision 2030 realised, as the country can ill afford to let such a golden opportunity slip from within its grasp.
  • Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030.
  • The Contractor General said he was encouraged by the dogged determination of people worldwide to stand in solidarity against what he termed, “the most crippling of enemies.”

Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, says Jamaicans should do everything to see the dream of Vision 2030 realised, as the country can ill afford to let such a golden opportunity slip from within its grasp.

In a message, read by Senior Director in the Office of the Contractor General, Maurice Barrett, at the International Anti-Corruption Day Youth Forum in Montego Bay on December 9, Mr. Harrison said captured within that vision are four primary goals –  ensuring that Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential; that the  Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just; that Jamaica’s economy is prosperous, and that  Jamaica has a healthy natural environment.

“These are commendable aspirations and, as citizens of this nation, we should have a deep seated desire to see the vision materialise,” Mr. Harrison stressed.

“However, the lingering truth is this, if we do not, in a serious way, address the issue of corruption, the realisation of Vision 2030 will be thwarted,” he added.

Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030.  It is based  on a comprehensive vision:  “Jamaica, the place of choice  to live, work, raise families and do business.”

The Contractor General said he was encouraged by the dogged determination of people worldwide to stand in solidarity against what he termed, “the most crippling of enemies.”

“This day proves that we are not sleeping. To the contrary, it indicates that we are awake, alert and energized, ready to continue to denounce corruption, and spread the message of anti-corruption. This day encourages us to not only spread the message of anti-corruption, but equally and most importantly, act in accordance with the message of breaking the chain of corruption,” he said.

“This can only be done if in addition to speaking out against corruption, we are emboldened to dismantle its chains by the non-participation in criminal acts or activities which are of a corrupt nature. It is heartening to know that we are not daunted. It will take the efforts of all in this fight…so it cannot go unsaid that we didn’t try. The youth will have to take the lead, because they are vibrant, talented and the masters of social media, which has proven to be a powerful tool in this fight,” Mr. Harrison said.

The Contractor General explained that not only is the problem of corruption menacing, but is something that affects the entire Jamaica.

He said the struggle with corruption has been an ongoing one, and paid tribute to the Ministry of Justice, Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Canadian High Commission, the British High Commission, European Union, Community Empowerment and Transformation Project (COMET II), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and National Integrity Action (NIA) for their efforts to make International Anti-Corruption Day a success.