Portia Simpson-Miller says Jamaica must brace for harsh conditions

The PM also encouraged Jamaicans to take more responsibility in shaping the country’s future by becoming more active in local affairs, and taking charge of our words and deeds to ensure that they are geared towards making what is good become better.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 1, 2013 - Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has acknowledged the reality of harsh conditions that may accompany an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement expected to be finalised during this New Year.

“This new year will bring stark realities into focus, Jamaicans are capable and we must live up to the challenges, our people have what it takes to meet them head on, we have talent, we have the ideas we have clear and strong plans and we must summon on the collective way to succeed.

In her message to mark the start of 2013, Simpson Miller sought to assure Jamaicans that her administration will adhere to sound macro-economic policies whilst at the same time taking all necessary steps to foster increased investment in the economy, particularly in physical infrastructure and tourism.

“We will work with all our social partners and citizens as we face those challenges together. As we continue to work toward our economic recovery as a nation, we must believe in our souls and believe in our hearts that this can be a great year for Jamaica. Rest assured this Government will never flinch when it comes to protecting the interest of the Jamaican people. We will continue to work assiduously to uplift all Jamaicans.

She also encouraged Jamaicans to take more responsibility in shaping the country’s future by becoming more active in local affairs, and taking charge of our words and deeds to ensure that they are geared towards making what is good become better.

In his message, leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP),Andrew Holness, called on Jamaicans to focus on achieving economic independence.

“For this new year let us focus on the imperatives to achieve our economic independence at the heart of this focus must be a collective resolve to reduce the cost of energy ,reform out tax and incentive systems , foster greater private and public partnerships and develop new industries and business opportunities. As a people we know what to do,“ he said.

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