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Section 1: Introduction and Acknowledgements

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127 King James Version (KJV)

My prayer today is for mercy, peace and favour for Jamaica and for us to overcome the myriad of challenges so our people can thrive and enjoy the abundance of God’s grace.

I have been in this Parliament for twenty-five (25) years and I have made a contribution to every budget debate for the past eight (8) but Mr. Speaker, this one is unique.

It takes place in unprecedented circumstances defined by the spread of Corona Virus/ COVID-19 disease across the world and across our beloved country, Jamaica.

To every single person here in Jamaica infected with the Corona Virus, we pray that you will have a full recovery as quickly as possible. Our hearts go out to their families, and to persons in the affected communities as well. I want to reach out to all the persons who are confined in quarantine or in isolation. We know, this is not an easy time for you as you live each day with the weight of worry and
uncertainty.

Mr. Speaker, I believe I speak on behalf of all of us here in saying to those affected that our prayers and our good wishes are with them for full and speedy recovery and a return to normal life as soon as possible.

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