JIS News

Story Highlights

  • Declaring that “My dream is to fulfill your dream”, newly sworn-in Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness shared his vision for a Jamaica founded on partnership, hope and opportunity.
  • Mr. Holness made the declaration while delivering his inaugural address at his Swearing-in Ceremony at King’s House on March 3.
  • Vowing to do what is right for the Jamaican people, the Prime Minister struck a conciliatory tone as he extended a hand to the Opposition as part of his Partnership for Prosperity mandate.

Declaring that “My dream is to fulfill your dream”, newly sworn-in Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness shared his vision for a Jamaica founded on partnership, hope and opportunity, optimism, accountability, safety and security, volunteerism, ease of doing business and economic stability.

Mr. Holness made the declaration while delivering his inaugural address at his Swearing-in Ceremony at King’s House on March 3.  “We cannot be satisfied with things as they are. We must create a Jamaica where there is hope and opportunity; where we can encourage our children to dream big, and to be optimistic about their life chances. We must create a Jamaica where our young people can find meaningful work.  A Jamaica where you can feel safe to live, work and raise your children. A Jamaica that is booming, and investors and entrepreneurs can have a confident outlook on the economy.  A place where we can retire and truly enjoy as paradise,” Mr. Holness outlined.

The youngest Prime Minister to serve Jamaica, Mr. Holness added that, “We must teach our children that there is no wealth without work, and no success without sacrifice. We must remove the belief from the psyche of our children that the only way they can step up in life is not by how hard they work, but by who they know.”

Vowing to do what is right for the Jamaican people, the Prime Minister struck a conciliatory tone as he extended a hand to the Opposition as part of his Partnership for Prosperity mandate.

“The people of Jamaica did not vote in vain. They expect a Government that works for them and by the same expectation, an Opposition that is constructive. This historic election delivered the smallest of majority but also the clearest mandate. Fix the government.  With this mandate there is no majority for arrogance.  There is no space for selfishness. There is no place for pettiness. There is no room for complacency and there is no margin for error,” Mr. Holness emphasised.

Prime Minister Holness further asserted that with good governance and a prospective outlook, Jamaica could emerge as a booming economy and a prosperous society, within a decade or less.

“My vision is to turn Jamaica into the centre of the Caribbean. A centre of finance, trade and commerce, technology and innovation, and the centre of arts, culture and lifestyle regionally. This is all possible within our lifetime.  Despite any negatives, Jamaica still has a powerful and alluring brand amplifying our voice and influence in the world,” Mr. Holness said.

Mr. Holness was sworn in by Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Patrick Allen at King’s House on March 3, 2016.