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The National Development Plan for Jamaica (Vision 2030) and the Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework, were tabled by Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding today (May 5) in the House of Representatives.
The development plan and framework set out a range of policy actions, which are designed to transform Jamaica into a developed state by the year 2030.
Prime Minister Golding, who was making his contribution to the 2009/10 Budget Debate, explained that the Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework is a three-year programme, which maps out the first leg of the journey towards making Jamaica into the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.
It has as its objectives: the security and safety of Jamaicans; a stable macro-economy; energy security and efficiency; achievement-driven education; and effective governance.
To support these objectives the Government is aiming to create a business-friendly environment, globally competitive industries, and effective social protection. Other targets are cultural transformation, and hazard-risk management and climate adaptation.
Mr. Golding said the programme was developed through consultation with stakeholders, members of the public and the Opposition. He encouraged all Jamaicans to “take ownership of it,” noting that “we must build on that foundation beyond 2012 to achieve that overarching goal by 2030”.
“It is rooted in a vision that we can be what we want to be, that we don’t have to be forever looking at other countries of the world with envy in our eyes. We can become the envy of the world,” he continued.