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Citizens encouranged to rally

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness

KINGSTON — The country’s leaders have used their Independence Day message to rally Jamaicans to build a strong economic foundation for a prosperous nation.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller pointed to a question posed by Norman Manley in which he asked what the mission of this generation should be.

She pointed to his call for Jamaicans to reconstruct the society so that all can meaningfully participate in the economic life of the nation.

Simpson Miller says every Jamaican must be accorded respect and feel a sense of belonging to the society.

Opposition leader, Andrew Holness, also addressed the economy in his Independence Day message.

He noted that though the country now has an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, it is not the cure-all for our economic problems.

Holness says the country will not have a successful economic programme without meaningful structural economic change such as tax reform.

He is urging Jamaicans to renew their commitment to improving the productivity and efficiency of the economy.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says Jamaicans must believe they are equipped to pursue the bold mission outlined in Vision 2030 of making Jamaica a place where we choose to live, work, raise families and do business.

He notes that while there is some distance between current circumstances and that goal Jamaicans should not be discouraged.

He says, instead, Jamaicans should embrace the many challenges as a call to action and encourage each other to serve to the best of our ability. (Gleaner)

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