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Former Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, is urging Jamaicans to assess and document “our history and achievements as a people and as a nation”.
Sir Howard, who was speaking at the launch of the books: ‘The Transforming Landscape of Jamaica’ and ‘PJ Patterson in the Eyes of the World,’ at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on March 29, said that the assessment “should not be based on biases of one kind or another, instead, it should be guided by objectivity and analysis”.
Sir Howard maintained that too often, “we rely solely on outside (help) to document our stories therefore continuing the tradition of looking to others to validate ourselves and our actions”.
“We have allowed others to define for us, who we are and our standards of what is good and decent,” he stressed.
He noted further, that the world was looking to Jamaica for guidance, “but we have not noticed.the average Jamaican has no understanding of the significant role the country has played and continues to play in influencing the global agenda”.
‘The Transforming Landscape of Jamaica’ represents a public policy approach to important areas of government operations and came out of a series of panel discussions hosted by the Cabinet Office and the OPM between November 2005 and March 2006.
The discussion themes were: ‘Fighting Poverty, the Past, Present and the Future’; ‘Developments in the Physical and Social Infrastructure’; ‘Going for Growth and Development through ICT’; ‘Good Governance: Perception or Reality’; and ‘Jamaica in the International Arena: Leader or Follower?’
The second book, ‘PJ Patterson in the Eyes of the World’ is a compilation of tributes to Prime Minister P. J. Patterson by a number of world leaders, including regional heads of government.