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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has been honoured for her 40 years of unbroken and dedicated service as a Parliamentarian.
  • She was presented with a citation at the official opening of the 27th Meeting of COPA.
  • The citation states that the Prime Minister’s story was one of “tremendous achievement, dedication to duty, visionary thinking, tenacity of purpose and astute leadership”.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has been honoured by the Executive Committees of the 27th Meeting of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) and the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas, for her 40 years of unbroken and dedicated service as a Parliamentarian.

She was presented with a citation, which was read by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, at the official opening of the 27th Meeting of COPA, held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, on March 30.

The State Minister was joined by President of COPA, Senator Zulma Ramona Gomez Caceres, to make the presentation to Mrs. Simpson Miller.

The citation states that the Prime Minister’s story was one of  “tremendous achievement, dedication to duty, visionary thinking, tenacity of purpose and astute leadership”,  moving from the humble beginning of a rural Jamaican girl to becoming the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica, the first woman to hold such an office.

“Your ascension in 2006 to Jamaica’s highest political office, that of Prime Minister, came after having served for 17 years as a Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for Labour, Social Security, Sport, Tourism, Entertainment, Local Government and Community Development – areas in which you distinguished yourself as a performance-oriented high achiever,” the citation notes.

“Your distinguished record of service at the regional and international levels has resulted in your nomination to several powerful international groups. You have served as Vice President of the Organization of American States, Inter-American Network on Decentralization, Local Government and Citizen Participation, Chairperson of the Caribbean Forum of Ministers Responsible for Decentralization, Local Government and Citizen Participation and Board Member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum,” it adds.

The citation says that the 2009 Distinguished Award to the Prime Minister from the City of Miami for dedication and commitment to urban renewal and community development and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of women’s affairs in Jamaica, were well deserved.

“Being ranked by Time Magazine in 2012 among the 100 most influential persons in the world, is a fitting reflection of the immensity of your global stature,” the citation adds.