Mr. Speaker, I also want to specially recognise former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Western Kingston, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, who is 89 years old today.

Mr. Speaker, I am making my contribution as a proud member of this Administration that has made significant steps to bring more Jamaicans into prosperity during the last financial year.

We are a young Administration, just entering our fourth Parliamentary year, and we are led by the Most Honourable Prime Minister, a man of youth and also of experience. He is in his 22nd year as a Parliamentarian, which is nearly half his age. In him Mr. Speaker, we have a visionary, a builder of national institutions, a leader of clear thinking, decisive action and calm assurance… but not youthful exuberance.

I am even more proud of the fact that the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has carried its weight in contributing positively to Jamaican life. Mr. Speaker, the last year has been phenomenal for Local Government. We have recorded some of the most significant achievements in the history of the administration of local government, even as we have battled serious challenges.

As a Government, we want to publicly express our love and respect for the people of Jamaica, who placed us here to serve them. We are also profoundly grateful to our civil servants in every Ministry and Agency.

My presentation today will address the record of what we have done over the last financial year, and what we will do this year.

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