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Simpson Miller, Holness paint contrasting pictures for Jamaica in 2016

Published:Friday | January 1, 2016 | 1:59 AM
Simpson Miller: Jamaica is beginning to reap the success of the government’s economic reforms. Holness: many of the problems faced in 2015 will probably continue into 2016.

The country’s two main political leaders have painted contrasting pictures of the state of the nation in their New Year’s messages to Jamaicans.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is beginning to reap the success of the government’s economic reforms while Opposition leader, Andrew Holness says many of the problems faced in 2015 will probably continue into 2016.

According to Simpson Miller, there are encouraging indications that 2016 will be a year of continued positive transformation.

She says Jamaica is on track to pass its 11th consecutive quarterly review by the International Monetary Fund.

In the meantime,Simpson Miller is promising thousands of new jobs in 2016 and a renewed focus on national security.

 

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller

However, Holness says economic growth continues to elude Jamaica despite the fiscal discipline.

He also says the government has continued to fail to implement an effective anti-crime strategy that yields sustained long-term reductions.

Holness says the failure to facilitate economic growth and an effective anti-crime strategy has less to do with resource constraints and more to do with the breakdown of the core functions of policy, regulation and accountability of government.

Holness says it’s up to Jamaicans to determine whether they get a government that’s able to fulfill its core function.

 

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness