Jamaica

Holness Cites Jamaica’s Positive Achievements

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, applauds Jamaica’s achievement as the country marks 57 years of Independence.

In a message delivered by Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, at the Independence church service, the Prime Minister bragged about the positive achievements across the various sectors and posited the view that Jamaicans can be proud.

 “The annual inflation rate is at a low of 4.2 percent and the consumer price index is trending downwards. Our credit ratings are positive and our foreign exchange reserves are historically high,” he said.

“We have had record-breaking tourist arrivals for the last two years, exceeding 4.3 million visitors with an 8.6 percent increase in earnings in the industry. Our stock market continues to perform well, and the consumer and business confidence indices remain high. These are always good indicators of economic health,” he added.

Mr. Holness further pointed to the increase in homeownership, noting that the National Housing Trust (NHT) has been providing housing solutions “like never before”.

The Prime Minister said the Government recognizes that there is still much work to be done to resolve various challenges that the country faces.

“As a Government, we are moving decisively to address several matters such as the environment, corruption, public safety, law and order, and security. I am confident that Jamaica will see greater achievements and improvements,” he said.

“At 57 years old, we are still a young nation. The future is looking bright. We have achieved much but there is more to be done. Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth upon us,” Mr. Holness said.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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