The Government continues to make steady strides in the field of Information, working to ensure that Jamaicans not only have access to relevant information affecting their daily lives, but in formats conducive to national growth and development.
Over 25 Bills approved in the Lower House, several other pieces of legislation tabled and Sign Language Interpretation Programme implemented. These are just some of the major achievements in Parliament, during the year 2014.
Jamaicans continue to benefit from the provision of quality health care services, through improvements to facilities, as well as the systems and processes governing the sector. This is in addition to the Health Ministry’s promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the control and reduction of Non-Communicable Diseases NCDs. We’ll highlight these and other achievements of the Ministry during 2014
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security continued its quest to improve the working environment for Jamaicans, opening doors to more employment opportunities, as well as to provide care and protection for the most vulnerable in society. Some highlights of the Ministry’s achievements throughout 2014.
The Ministry of Justice continued to develop strategies to enhance the delivery of justice and strengthen public trust and confidence in the system in 2014. These strategies include: plans to decriminalize ganja and a continued thrust to reduce the inventory of court cases.
The agricultural sector thrived in 2014, amid severe drought conditions. The excellent performance of the sector was partly due to a number of measures the Government had undertaken to boost production in the sector.During the year 2014, the government strengthened its thrust to mitigate the drought, and maintain sustainability in the sector with a number of initiatives:
2014 was a significant year for the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. The year featured the advancement of technology in schools, the introduction of new industries, and a stronger push for national development through science and technology.
In 2014, Jamaica experienced its most severe drought conditions in almost a century. In light of that, the Ministry of water, Land, Environment and Climate intensified its programmes to improve access to both potable water and water for irrigation purposes.
Growth was the watchword for the Ministry of Finance for the year 2014 as it sought to stay the course of the Government’s economic reform programme. Passing all six quarterly reviews under the International Monetary Fund’s Extended Fund Facility arrangement was perhaps one of the greatest sign that Jamaica’s economy is progressing in the right direction
Jamaica’s tourism industry boomed in 2014 as the Government took steps to strenghten the country’s tourism product. Several developments and initiatives which took place during 2014, have positioned the country to record another successful year.
Several initiatives implemented, policy decisions taken, Legislation placed under review …all aimed at preserving Jamaica’s culture and cultural artifacts as well as protecting the nation’s youth, especially those in state care. Those were some of the priority areas for the Ministry of Youth and Culture in 2014.
Jamaica fought hard to maintain its reputation as a powerhouse in the sporting arena both regionally and internationally, during 2014. We present a recap of the major milestones and policy decisions in the field of sports.
Throughout 2014, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development remained committed to achieving its vision of facilitating the development of communities and improving the amenities provided to Jamaicans.
The Ministry of National Security continued to implement strategies geared at reducing murders and other serious crimes in the year 2014. Highlights include the merger of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); the installation of the 28th Commissioner of Police and a 16 percent reduction in murders when compared with 2013.
The Ministry, over the years, has been proactive in carrying out the necessary work in an international environment with a view to maximizing Jamaica’s national growth and development. Last year’s achievements for the Ministry includes the election of a number of Jamaicans to key positions in international organizations.
Advancement of the logistics hub initiative, rehabilitation of the road network and other critical infrastructure, as well providing home ownership to Jamaicans are among the major achievements of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing in 2014.
In 2014 the Government underscored education’s importance in numerous ways. New schools came on stream, while others were upgraded, as the Education Ministry remained steadfast in its mission to ensure that every Jamaican student was able to access an environment conducive to learning.
The Office of the Prime Minister is committed to placing the country on a firm path towards growth and development, working to implement policies and initiatives that will enable Jamaica to achieve its Vision 2030 development goal of becoming the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.
Strengthening and boosting investments; enhancing the business environment; and propelling micro, small and medium enterprises are among the achievements of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce for 2014. Jamaica ranked 70 out of some 160 countries in the 2014 Logistics Performance Index, LPI. This is a significant jump over the 2012 LPI ranking of 124.