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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has encouraged members of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Council to have “unquestionable integrity, knowledge of the field, proven competence, visionary thinking, commitment to excellence and commitment to Jamaica”.

In recent months, the CMU has been under scrutiny with regard to its operations and management.

Speaking to Council Members of the institution on the campus on Wednesday (June 17), Mr. Holness offered words of encouragement and thanked them for their service.

“Public service is not without risks, even voluntary public service. The contemplation of all who give public service, even voluntary public service, is that there could be reputational risk involved,” Mr. Holness said.

“I want you to know how appreciative I am that you have taken up this task of serving your country in spite of this risk to your own reputations,” he added.

Mr. Holness said when the CMU matters reach to the point where they became a matter of public concern, “the contemplation was ‘What should we do with this organisation? How should we secure the future of the organisation?’, and to be frank, we had to ask ourselves, ‘Does the organisation have a future?’.”

Even with that, Mr. Holness said the CMU is a valuable institution that builds the human capital of the country and he wants to see changes.

“We cannot allow that service to die, but if the institution that is providing the services isn’t doing it properly, then that institution can die, and we take on a new institution to deliver the service. We build a new institution to deliver the service,” he argued.

“For right now, the easiest deployment of a solution is to change the organisation within the institution, so your job is very important. You are, therefore, the change of the institution, so we look for persons with unquestionable integrity, knowledge of the field, proven competence in the areas that will be necessary to run such an institution, visionary thinking, commitment to excellence and a commitment to Jamaica.”

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