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Chancellor of the University of Technology (UTech), Sir Bill Morris, has said that the installation of a new Prime Minister and Governor-General for Jamaica, had ushered in a new era of change, that has provided the country with an opportunity for a fresh start.
Sir Bill, who was delivering the keynote address at the inaugural conference of the Jamaican Diaspora United Kingdom in West Bromwich recently, said that the event was being held at a historic time for Jamaica.
at a historic time for Jamaica; a time of great challenge, also a time of great opportunity. Uniquely, we meet at a moment of great change – a new Governor-General, and a new Prime Minister. All of these changes provide the opportunity for a fresh start, with new faces and an open mind”, he said.
The UTech Chancellor, who spoke on the topic: ‘Rebuilding the Image of Jamaica’, said that Jamaica was at a defining moment in its history and it was up to Jamaicans in the Diaspora to define themselves. “As Jamaicans in the Diaspora, it falls to us to define ourselves because if we don’t, others will not fail to define us. Indeed it’s happening daily,” he pointed out.
He noted further, that as Jamaicans strove to rebuild the country’s image, a set of core values was needed. “They are about trust, and they are about pride, respect, hard work, tolerance, thrift, law abiding, confidence, family and faith. These are bread and butter everyday core values that we all practice,” he stated.
According to Sir Bill, these core values should become “our individual and collective moral compass that guides us in everything that we do”. He further called for greater attention to be placed on crime, which he noted, was a major obstacle to the country’s progress.
“Crime retards economic growth, it undermined societies, families and communities and is responsible for Jamaica’s most negative image. It feeds the engines of poverty and social deprivation; it’s a vicious circle, which we must all help to break it,” Sir Bill stated.
He said that poverty was no excuse for crime and pointed to economic stability as the key ingredient to addressing the scourge.
“The key to ending poverty and delivering social justice is economic stability and to get rid of crime will be one of the biggest steps towards that economic stability,” he said.