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  • Mr. Speaker, we recognize that while some work is being done, we have so much farther to go if we are to unlock our potential as a people, create a well-developed digital society, and compete effectively with the rest of the world.
  • Where Science and ICTs are concerned, the world is forging ahead. We here in Jamaica, cannot afford to be left behind.
  • Other countries have made that all important link between the application of modern scientific techniques and the facilitation of innovation.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Mr. Speaker, let me on rising to make yet another contribution to the Sectoral Debate in this Honourable House, pay homage to the great geometrician. He continues to fortify and inspire me as I serve my constituents, stakeholders in the portfolio I oversee, and indeed, the Jamaican people in general; be they at home or abroad.

I take this opportunity to commend you, Mr. Speaker, for the dignified and even- handed manner in which you have been presiding over sittings of the House.

Let me also, Mr. Speaker, specially recognize:

  • My Family
  • The Opposition Leader, for the confidence he reposes in me
  • Members of the Opposition’s Team of Spokespersons and our Deputies
  • My Parliamentary Colleagues; on both sides
  • Officers, Delegates and Members of my beloved Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)
  • My Constituents – the industrious and resilient men and women of South Central – St. Catherine
  • My Three (3) Councillors – Councillor Owen Palmer of the Homestead Division, Councillor Jennifer Hull of the Horizon Park Division, and Councillor Hawthrone Thompson of the Sydenham Division.
  • My Constituency Executive
  • My Constituency Office Staff
  • And other members of my Personal and Support Staff

 

 

OPENING REMARKS

Mr. Speaker, it is perhaps fate or providence that sees me making this contribution on the very afternoon that the Portfolio Minister has made his.

He has said quite a bit, as it concerns Science and ICTs, but as we will come to recognize momentarily, he has merely touched the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Speaker, it is against this backdrop that the Opposition brings its perspective on a range of matters related to this portfolio.

Mr. Speaker, we recognize that while some work is being done, we have so much farther to go if we are to unlock our potential as a people, create a well-developed digital society, and compete effectively with the rest of the world.

Mr. Speaker, where Science and ICTs are concerned, the world is forging ahead. We here in Jamaica, cannot afford to be left behind…READ MORE

Download Contribution to the 2015/2016 by Opposition Member Mr. Andrew Wheatley