Contribution to the 2015/2016 Sectoral Debate by the Hon. Phillip Paulwell

Photo: JIS Photographer Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell.

Story Highlights

  • This year for the first time, the Budget has been presented and approved before the end of the financial year and in time for the beginning of the new financial year.
  • Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM) are key elements of Jamaica’s growth and development strategy and the Ministry continues to play a critical role in the transformation, growth and sustainable development of the economy.
  • For Jamaica to advance from a country engaged in basic and primary levels of production, there will have to be the pre-occupation with science, technology and innovation.

Theme: Generating growth and development through science technology, energy and mining

Introduction:

This year for the first time, the Budget has been presented and approved before the end of the financial year and in time for the beginning of the new financial year.

This historic development also includes limits on the length of Sectoral presentations. Each portfolio minister has been allocated 45 minutes for his/her presentation with a tolerance of five minutes, while each opposition spokesperson will be allocated 30 minutes and an extension of five minutes.

Members of Parliament will be allowed an opportunity to make representations on behalf of their constituents and account for their stewardship at an appropriate time during the financial year.

The time limits present for those of us involved in the Sectoral Debate with the opportunity to lay out our portfolio programmes and account for our stewardship succinctly, clearly, and creatively.

With respect to my own presentation, I will utilize PowerPoint enhanced by multi-media. Mr. Speaker, as we reflect on the recent visit of President Barak Obama to Jamaica and our region, I wish to share a quotation from the early days of his historic presidency. This quotation captures my own commitment to the service of our country and its people and my resolve to persist regardless…

 

I quote: “In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labour — which have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom”. BARACK OBAMA, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20. 2009.

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM) are key elements of Jamaica’s growth and development strategy and the Ministry continues to play a critical role in the transformation, growth and sustainable development of the economy.

During this financial year, the Ministry is seeking to ramp up its drive as major change agent and significant contributor to the country’s growth agenda, through its recently crafted 2015-2018 Strategic Plan…READ MORE

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