The following is a statement issued by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at a Post Special Meeting of the Cabinet Media Briefing on Monday, January 14, 2013.

On Saturday night last, we concluded three days of intense deliberations at the special meeting of the Cabinet.

Mindful of our responsibility as a Cabinet facing one of the most challenging periods in our history, we focused on major areas of critical importance to our nation.

These included the IMF negotiations; advancing the growth and development agenda; Public/Private Sector Partnerships; job creation and social protection.

In the course of discussing these issues we were very conscious of our commitment to strengthening the social contract with all Jamaicans. This social contract is about building trust, being equitable in our decisions and facilitating the growth of national confidence.

The purpose of this morning’s press briefing is to provide a synopsis of the special meeting of the Cabinet.

In the weeks ahead, we will be providing regular updates to the nation on the progress of the programme to reposition the economy and the society as a whole.

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