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TOWARDS A DECADE OF GROWTH TO ANCHOR OUR PEACE, PROSPERITY AND RESILIENCE

 

Acknowledgements: 3

Our Response to COVID-19  5

Financial Resilience – COVID Economic Stimulus Plan  14

Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) 16

Constituency Development Fund COVID-19 Support 18

Trucking of Water 18

Our Fiscal Stability  20

Our Security Infrastructure   24

Objective 1 – Strengthening the National Security Architecture   29

Objective 2 – Strengthening the Criminal Justice System    30

Objective 3 – Enhancing Youth and Community Development 31

Objective 4 – Protecting and Securing Borders, Maritime Space and Key Sectors of the Economy  32

Objective 5 – Strengthening National Integrity Systems  32

Objective 6 – Increasing and Sustaining Public Support for Law Enforcement and Public Order 33

Our Human Capital 33

Small Actions, Big Impacts  33

HEART/NSTA Trust 35

HOPE Programme   36

Jamaica House Fellowship Programme   39

Transforming Our Education System    39

Our Natural Environment 41

National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) 44

Enabling Business and Investment for Growth  45

Jamaica International Financial Services Authority (JIFSA) 46

Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) 46

The National Land Agency (NLA) 47

Building Our Physical Infrastructure to Anchor Our Peace and Prosperity  48

Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) 48

Urban Development Corporation (UDC) 51

National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) 53

National Works Agency (NWA) 56

Water 60

Housing   71

Conclusion  83

Acknowledgements

Mr. Speaker, you have been dragged to the chair you now occupy to keep the peace in this oftentimes contentious house. You are no stranger to the cut and thrust of politics. You are an experienced and even hand at this business. However, I suspect, notwithstanding the Leader of the Opposition’s protest, you will be the last Speaker to wear the ceremonial wig, as you are the first Speaker, certainly in Jamaica, to welcome your son as a Member of the House over which you preside.

Honourable Members, Senators and Former Members and on the note of family in politics I have the distinct honour of having my wife in Parliament, the Most Honourable Juliet Holness MP the Member for East Rural St. Andrew. I know I can always count on your vote.

This fiscal year ending has been very challenging, but we have also had great successes. I want to specially acknowledge the support and good advice of the members of my Cabinet, the broader Parliamentary team, and the political family of the Great Jamaica Labour Party.

Twenty-three years ago, I asked the people of West Central St. Andrew to invest in me and their investment has been paying off ever since. Later this year they will have the benefit of a state-of-the-art police station with community facilities. This adds to a state-of-the-art Jamaica China Goodwill Infant school which I opened in 2018. Plans are being finalized to upgrade the Olympic Gardens Clinic, build a boxing gym, and a golden age home.

I want to acknowledge Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders and Permanent Secretary, Audrey Sewell and the hard working staff at both the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office. Ambassador Saunders and PS Sewell are civil servants of great distinction, dignity and efficiency.

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