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Mr. Speaker, I had a full and diverse life before representational politics.
Throughout my entire life, Mr. Speaker, I have never sought the limelight and have always been content with working behind the scenes, supporting and promoting others. But then the call came …..to serve Jamaica in a different capacity. A capacity that provides the opportunity to maximize positive change but that requires certain personal sacrifices. With the tremendous support of my family, friends, and colleagues I have answered that call and I stand before you today and pledge again to serve Jamaica with diligence and sincerity.
1.3 TAKING STOCK OF HOW FAR WE HAVE COME
Having found ourselves one of the most indebted countries in the world only a few years ago, on the brink of collapse, Jamaica is emerging as a shining example to the world of what can be achieved when there is unity of purpose.
At the end of this financial year, by March 31, Jamaica’s Debt to GDP ratio will fall to 96%, which will be the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades, and the first time below 100% over that period.
This is a national achievement of which all Jamaicans can be proud.
period 2013 to 2019.
Mr. Speaker, Jamaica is the world’s only example in recent times of a small country that has reduced its public debt by the equivalent of half its gross domestic product in a short timeframe without handouts, without debt relief or without bilateral debt support from “friends” or partners.
We found ourselves completely on our own and had no choice but to rescue ourselves with our own resources.
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GREEN PAPER – National Policy for Senior Citizens
As with all social policy issues there is a need for routine research that are targeted in critical areas.
socio-economic trends. It needs a framework to begin to explore which ones are impactful on the
elderly. This information can then be used to develop a research agenda in conjunction with the
academia and the other education partners. For example a reduction in the birth rate signals that there
will be less family support for the elderly in the long term. The Council can begin to explore how this
will impact the elderly and what it signals for support services and goods. The research agenda is a
major strategy for effective advocacy and should be an integral part of the Council’s management
The other major role of the Council is advocacy for senior citizens through effective information,
education and communication systems, and accessible avenues for contact and sharing of opinions,
obtaining redress, and advancing respect for the contribution of seniors. Given the human rights and
gender equity pillars of the policy, efforts will be strengthened to ensure the protection of these
dimensions through appropriate policies and actions. Research cited in the Situation Analysis points
to issues of access to public goods and services; employment opportunities; family roles and respon-
sibilities; retirement planning and preparation; vulnerability at various levels, including susceptibility
to crime and abuse, inter alia. Advocacy will involve enabling the voice of older persons to be heard
through representation of critical issues, particularly on a national scale. Matters to do with image of
the elderly, combatting of ageism and other forms of discrimination and other equity challenges can
be addressed through active education campaigns and effective collaboration. Advocacy will also
involve various levels of facilitation of older citizens in engaging with the society and economy, and
will include collaboration across state and non-state entities. This role will provide the monitoring of
the guiding principles and ethos upon which the National Policy is founded.
11.2 Key Functional Roles
11.2.1 Programme Managers
While it may not be necessary for each thematic area to have an exclusive programme manager, there
will be focus on aligning the programme of action and monitoring responsibilities. The programme
managers are expected to adopt the broad strategies in the policy, identify and collaborate with
implementing bodies including MDAs and other partners and build social partnership. Programme
managers are located within the NCSC and will have close working relationships with key personnel
in the various MDAs. They will leverage available resources for their respective functional areas as
assigned by executive management, encourage and monitor relevant research, manage the programs
and large NGOs that will provide support to the programme.
These programme managers, through solid working relationships with the Parish Officers, will com-
municate the policy and help to operationalize the strategies and suggests programs and activities.
The Programme Managers will need an understanding of the priorities as recommended by the Parish
Officers (see below) and should be able to analyse demographic data in support of any suggested
programmes or initiatives.
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4 Office of the Cabinet Revised March 2018
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF DEFENCE, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION: The Most Hon. Andrew Holness, ON, MP
MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO: Hon. Lester Michael Henry CD, MP
National Awards Registration of Births and Deaths Social Partnership State Protocol Vernamfield Aerotropolis Development Project JISCO-Gansu International Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone Project SUBJECTS (ELECTORAL MATTERS) Electoral Matters (Electoral Commission of Jamaica)
DEPARTMENTS (GENERAL) Access to Information Unit Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Culture, Health, Arts, Sports & Education (CHASE) Human Employment and Resource Training/HEART Trust/NTA Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)2
Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) National Housing Trust (NHT) Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) Registrar General’s Department and Island Records Office
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How was the social consensus engineered, if not through the formation of the Social Partnership,
first signed during the Golding administration, which itself benefited from the kernel called
ACORN set up informally in the mid-1990’s.
What was the impact on the consensus that later emerged of then-Prime Minister Andrew
all media, that “bitter medicine” would come
Once the new Prime Minister Simpson Miller got up to speed with the realities she confronted,
and frankness, had already committed itself.
And the Leader of the Opposition suggests that our Prime Minister was a late and reluctant
participant in the consensus
I am reminded of the advice my grandmother used to give me from the Book of James in the Bible,
chapter 4 and verse 10: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and HE shall lift you up.” This
is advice we can all do well to follow.
Prime Minister Holness was at the start of the consensus even while many others elements on
the opposing side were still in denial.
The then Opposition may have opposed certain details of the consensus – just as the current
Opposition is opposing our tax reductions.
welcomed every one of the tax cuts in their press release of March 8, and there is every
expectation of Board endorsement.
Does the fact that the Opposition has presented weak arguments against these tax cuts, which
shows a basic lack of understanding of economic realities, mean that they are against the debt
reduction consensus I would certainly hope not.
I would NEVER seek to deny the contribution of the Opposition nor the contribution of the last
administration of which they were a part. I believe the Prime Minister uttered similar sentiments
yesterday. Your efforts and results with fiscal consolidation, which we have continued, are
noteworthy particularly given Jamaica’s history. You received the highly respected Gleaner Award
for that. I applauded it at the time and do so now.
However, to claim paternity of every reform is simply untrue.
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INTERNAL ORGANISATIONS Org
Port Division 6 1473
Protective Services Unit 6 1474
Private Places of Safety 6 1475
Private Children’s Home 6 1476
Police Control 6 1477
Quality Assurance Unit 6 1478
Regional Office 6 1480
Registry 6 1481
Rehabilitation Services Branch 6 1482
Research and Development Division 6 1483
Research, Planning and Legal Services (formerly Policy Strategy and Plan 6 1484
Revenue Appeals Division 6 1485
Revenue Protection Division 6 1486
Rural Physical Planning 6 1487
Region 3 – Ministry of labour (St Anns Bay) 6 1488
Resident Magistrate 6 1491
School Personnel and Administration Services 6 1492
Secretariat, Pan American Health Organisation 6 1494
Special Projects Unit 6 1497
Squatter Management Branch 6 1498
Standards and Monitoring Unit 6 1499
Statutory Audit and Special Investigation Division 6 1500
Strategic Policy, Planning and Monitoring Division 6 1501
Strategic Reform 6 1502
Survey Department 6 1503
Serious and Organised Crime Division 6 1504
Security Services Portfolio 6 1505
Seat Risk Support 6 1506
Sustainable Environment and Tourism Projects 6 1507
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