Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government has made significant strides during its one year and four months in office.
“We know we were not able to solve all the problems. It could not be done in one year; but there is no doubt that we have made significant strides,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said, as she delivered her 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives, on April 30. She spoke on the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going For Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’.
The Prime Minister listed among the Government’s achievements, the passing of 25 critical pieces of legislation; securing a Staff Level Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help stabilize the economy; securing critical foreign investments and bilateral economic agreements; rolling out and producing 36,000 jobs under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP); and an increase in the minimum wage.
Other accomplishments include an expanded system to protect the poor; the continued implementation of important social programmes; an expansion in water and electricity systems and supplies, as well as the lowering of telephone rates.
Mrs. Simpson Miller also noted that the Government has delivered on its road repair programme and housing promises; upgraded nine health centres; and achieved growth in the agricultural sector.
She added that the Government has re-established important local partnerships and restored the country’s international reputation and credibility.
“Today, the people know they have a Government that listens. They know they have a Government that keeps its word. They know they have a Government that defends their rights, and they know they now have a Government that has their best interest at heart,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.
She reiterated that equality of opportunities is the indisputable hallmark of the Government, assuring that “we will remain a Government for all the people of Jamaica.”
By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter