My Fellow Jamaicans, we celebrate the 58th anniversary of our nation’s Independence in the throes of a pandemic. Together, we have done well in managing the crisis, through the hard work of thousands of frontline workers and the support and cooperation of most Jamaicans.

We cannot afford to become complacent now. We are still at risk. Therefore, we must continue to strictly observe all the infection prevention and control measures, including the wearing of masks, washing hands, and social distancing.

There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a severe impact on our lives and livelihoods; however, we are starting to see some “green shoots”. Our collective efforts in fiscal, monetary and structural reforms, reducing debt, increasing foreign exchange reserves, restoring macroeconomic stability as well as our fiscal overall performance have put us in a much better position to enable us to recover stronger.

As a Government, despite COVID-19; we remain committed to making this, the Decade of Growth for Jamaica to anchor our peace, prosperity and resilience.

A new Jamaica is emerging, filled with hope and optimism.

We have made significant investments to strategically upgrade our civil defence and national security assets, incorporating technology to create a safer Jamaica.

We have delivered a record 20,000 housing solutions; to improve the living conditions of our people.

We have diversified our energy mix and increased our investment in renewables.

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