Brian Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, said it is incredible what Jamaicans have achieved as a nation and its impact on the world around us in 50 years. He said, beyond athletics and music, there are so many wonderful success stories in the fields of the arts, business, and medicine.
"Our creativity as a people, our focus and commitment are hard to beat. Our resilience and strong belief in ourselves, our patriotism and Jamaican essence, have certainly helped us make our mark on the planet," Jardim said.
He said it is important that, as Jamaica moves through the 21st century and beyond, we remain ever mindful of our environment on this little rock that we all share.
"Our involvement in maintaining its sustainability and minimising our carbon footprint are paramount. The education of our future generations must become an obsession ... an unshakeable mandate. Accountability, transparency and innovation in both the public and private sectors, and a serious commitment to work hand in hand for the continued growth of our beautiful country, must also be our mantra," Jardim said.