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  • Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says all Government agencies, ministries and departments will play a crucial role in the speedy recovery of the economy following the passage of Hurricane Matthew.
  • He was speaking to journalists today (Oct. 1) following a tour of several areas in Kingston and St. Andrew to observe work underway in preparation for the hurricane.
  • Mr. Holness said Jamaica is better prepared to handle a storm compared to previous years.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says all Government agencies, ministries and departments will play a crucial role in the speedy recovery of the economy following the passage of Hurricane Matthew.

He said the aim is to ensure that the impact of the system does not derail the country’s economic programme.

“We are determined not to let that happen. “We are ensuring that all Government agencies understand that they have a role in the speedy recovery, which will ensure that our economy does not suffer unnecessarily,” he said.

He was speaking to journalists today (Oct. 1) following a tour of several areas in Kingston and St. Andrew to observe work underway in preparation for the hurricane.

Mr. Holness said Jamaica is better prepared to handle a storm compared to previous years.

“The marker for hurricane impact in recent times would be Hurricane Gilbert and I am certain that Jamaica is much better prepared. There are still Jamaicans, who would want to dismiss the hurricane…but those are in the minority,” he noted.

Matthew, which is now a category four system,  is expected to impact the island as early as Sunday (October 2).

A hurricane warning has been issued for Jamaica.