Amid Crises, the Government Must Maintain a Stable Economy to Ensure the Protection of Livelihoods While at the Same Time, Implementing Programs and Policies to Cushion the Impact on the Most Vulnerable.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government’s management of the economy during two major crises has resulted in growth and historic unemployment figures, which are crucial to Jamaica’s continued stability.
Speaking yesterday (July 15, 2022) at the launch ceremony for the Youth Summer Employment Program at Manning’s School in Westmoreland, the Prime Minister underscored that the Government has, through robust strategies and policies, been able to balance fiscal responsibility with the needs of the people, as well as Jamaica’s national development agenda, despite the shock of the covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical disruptions stemming from the Ukraine/Russia conflict.
In that regard, the Prime Minister emphasized that in times of shock, the Government must not abandon caution, nor should it take short-sighted decisions that will have devastating impacts on the Jamaican economy and on the future prosperity of the Jamaican people.
He urged citizens not to fall prey to this way of thinking which is being espoused by some and which encourages the taking of irresponsible, myopic actions, which the country will then pay for in the future. He reminded the country that Jamaica paid dearly for taking such actions in the past, in one instance taking almost a decade to recover. The Prime Minister is urging vigilance against this way of thinking and acting to ensure Jamaica does not suffer unduly in the future.
The Prime Minister noted, therefore, that the current posture of the Government is to persevere with development and growth strategies that are in the interest of Jamaicans while at the same time providing cushioning support to Jamaicans who require it.
The Prime Minister said, “The best way to show you care is to manage the economy well so that the country doesn’t collapse like many other countries in the world.”
He continued; “We are a Government that cares, because, in the middle of a crisis, we are providing meaningful support and are able to continue with programs like the Youth Summer Employment Program, to get our young people targeted interventions for employment so that some resources can get into their hands.”
The Prime Minister reiterated that it is important for the country to maintain a strong principle of fiscal prudence and responsibility in this period of exogenous shocks so that we will emerge safely from these crises.
Source — JIS
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