Mr. Speaker, in rising to report to this Honourable House on my areas of responsibility, I do so with the usual strong support and confidence of my family, including my political family in Central Clarendon.

With great pride and appreciation, I make note of the support of my dear wife, Dawn; my team of Councillors, Joel Williams, Kenneth Davis and Tanya-Lee Williams, and Councillor/Caretaker, Terrence Samuels; along with my faithful support staff led by Personal Assistant, Daphne Taylor; and Terrence Samuels, Loraine Mason and Sharon Morgan; the rest of my Constituency Executive Team and the overall support base. Collectively we strive to serve both Central Clarendon and the country at large.

My thanks also go to my support staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, from where I have the honour of serving the country.

Mr. Speaker, I also take this opportunity to thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister for his continued confidence in my ability to serve in Government at the Cabinet level, and recommit to put my best foot forward on behalf of the Government in service to the people of Jamaica.

In noting the significance of the present stage of the national political cycle, well into the fourth year of the

Administration, I am happy, Mr. Speaker, to report on the work of the agencies and projects which are under my direct stewardship. This is, no doubt, of much significance, with the national focus on the successes so far, and the deliverables not too far ahead.

Indeed, it could be aptly said that ‘Now is the Time’ to have either delivered or be about to deliver in a pronounced manner on our pledges to the people of Jamaica, and I am presenting my report card today with a sense of real excitement in the air.

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