JIS News

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has said that the government remained committed to pursuing a sound macro-economic policy that prudently managed the fiscal accounts, controlled inflation and reduced the debt ratio.
The Prime Minister, who was making her contribution to the 2006/07 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on May 9, stressed that the government would also be steadfast in lowering domestic interest rates, improving access to credit for those seeking to invest in development programmes and achieving stability in the foreign exchange system.
“My administration,” she noted further, “intends to strengthen this macroeconomic policy with a comprehensive upgrade of the development programme by rooting it in community empowerment.”
“This means that the communities throughout Jamaica will play an important role in defining what is to be done and in ensuring successful implementation of the development programme,” she added.
Stressing that, “I intend to lead a policy process that features close collaboration with people in their communities,” the Prime Minister stated that, “my government will listen to the voice of the people and facilitate their plans and programmes to help themselves”.