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  • The Ministry of Finance and Planning has released a song to promote the country’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP) dubbed, ‘A Fi wi Bizniz’.
  • It will be used by the Ministry to bring the message of the importance of every Jamaican being involved in sustaining economic growth.
  • Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe, said the journey of economic reform has started and this is an opportunity for all Jamaicans to join in playing a role in the transformation of Jamaica.

The Ministry of Finance and Planning has released a song to promote the country’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP) dubbed, A Fi wi Bizniz’, the song is performed by renowned Reggae singer, Ernie Smith and produced by Dizzy Minott and Mikey Bennett.

It will be used by the Ministry to bring the message of the importance of every Jamaican being involved in sustaining economic growth.

Speaking at the launch on April 22, Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe, said the journey of economic reform has started and this is an opportunity for all Jamaicans to join in playing a role in the transformation of Jamaica.

“This ERP is an opportunity for the Ministry of Finance to contribute to that necessary transformation of Jamaica to make Jamaica that place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” Mr. Rowe said.

The ERP is aligned to Jamaica’s Vision 2030 National Development Plan and it presents the Government of Jamaica’s strategic plan of action to generate economic growth and long term development for Jamaica.

In an interview with JIS News following the release of the song, Reggae Singer, Ernie Smith, said he was happy to be asked by the Ministry of Finance and Planning to write and perform this song.

He said the lyrics of the song will connect with the majority of Jamaicans and instill that sense of personal responsibility for the development of the country.

“There were certain things that I needed to put in the song, like the importance of the ERP….but everyone wants to get rich, so it was easy…and so the song has a life of its own,” Mr. Smith told the JIS News.

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Communications and Public Relations Specialist at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Elaine Oxamendi Vicet, said the release of the song forms part of the Ministry’s ongoing strategic communication campaign, geared at increasing public awareness and understanding of the ERP.

Noting Jamaica’s strong listening culture and the great value of music, she said it is necessary to use this medium to connect with all Jamaicans.

“So, how do we get everyone involved? One way is to create messages, so that everyone receives it and ultimately understands and importantly, they are able to express the ERP message for themselves, in their own way, without losing the integrity of the message and inculcate and adopt the plan in their daily lives,” she noted.

                                                     

SONG: ERP: A FI WI BIZNIZ 

Link: https://soundcloud.com/mofp/a-fi-wi-bizniz

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BELIEVE WHAT TOGETHER WE CAN DO

ECONOMIC REFORM WILL BRING US ALL THROUGH

WE CAN LEARN WHAT TO DO, HOW TO DO IT, WHEN WE NEED TO

BUY WHAT WE GROW WHAT WE EAT AND FIND THE SEEDS TO

PLANT THIS IDEA INNA EVERYONE’S BRAIN

ECONOMIC REFORM IS FOR EVERYONE’S GAIN

THIS REFORM PROGRAMME IS THE RIGHT CONNECTION

BARRELS SHOULD BE GOING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION

 

CHO:

A FI WI BIZNIZ, A ALL A WE BIZNIZ

A STRONG ECONOMY IS EVERYBODY’S BIZNIZ

IS ALL ABOUT WIPING OUT POVERTY

IS ALL ABOUT THE POWER OF THE ERP

A FI WI BIZNIZ, A ALL A WE BIZNIZ

NO LONGER WE AND DEM, A EVERYBODY BIZNIZ

WE HA FE MEK DE ECONOMICS WORK FOR WE

FROM DE TOP A BLUE MOUNTAIN RIGHT DOWN TO DE SEA

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JAMAICA HAVE PLENTY PLENTY INDUSTRIES

AN’ NUFF NUFF PEOPLE WID DE VITALITY

CARVE OUT YOU OWN BIZNIZ, FIND YOU OWN SLOT

EACH FOR EACH OTHER, SHARE WHAT YOU GOT

BRIDGE:

THE ANSWERS ARE BEFORE US, THE PROBLEMS ARE BEHIND

THAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU FE RIVET IN YOUR MIND

WITH EVERY NEW DAY COMES THE PROMISE OF SUCCESS

WE CAN’T BE SATISFIED UNTIL WE HAVE DONE OUR BEST

 

CHO:

A FI WI BIZNIZ, A ALL A WE BIZNIZ

A STRONG ECONOMY IS EVERYBODY’S BIZNIZ

IS ALL ABOUT WIPING OUT POVERTY

IS ALL ABOUT THE POWER OF THE ERP

A FI WI BIZNIZ, ALL A WE BIZNIZ

NO LONGER WE AND DEM, A EVERYBODY BIZNIZ

WE HA FE MEK DE ECONOMICS WORK FOR WE

FROM DE TOP A BLUE MOUNTAIN RIGHT DOWN DOWN DOWN