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PNP to outline policies for Jamaica at annual conference next week

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 10:11 AM
Fitz Jackson - File photo

The People’s National Party (PNP) is vowing to emerge from its 80th annual conference next weekend a united force with clear indications as to where it would take Jamaica if it is elected to form the next government.

Outlining plans for the conference during a media briefing in New Kingston, St Andrew this morning, PNP chairman Fitz Jackson said the party will use the conference to set out its policy framework in the form of a covenant with Jamaicans.

“It is not a manifesto, it will represent the broad outline of the policy objectives that the party will seek to achieve when it becomes the next government,” said Jackson.

“This will be put forward, at this time, to also accommodate detailed discussion with delegates of the party and the wider Jamaican society.  And we are doing so because the policy initiatives that we intend to take as the next government must have substantial ownership by the people,” added Jackson.

Under the theme, “The People’s Interest: Our Passion, Our Purpose”, the PNP will begin the conference next Thursday, September 13 with an opening night celebration at the National Arena where American political commentator and attorney-at-law Bakari Sellers will be the guest speaker.

On Friday, the party’s delegates will meet in a closed session at the Jamaica Conference Centre before the highly anticipated vice-president election on Saturday at the National Arena where six persons will vie for the four posts.

The conference closes on Sunday with a public session, also at the National Arena, where an address by PNP President, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, will be the main highlight.

According to the party’s general secretary Julian Robinson, delegates from aligned political parties in Cuba, Bermuda, The Bahamas, and Barbados have already confirmed that they will be attending the conference.

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