The following are excerpts from the New Year messages from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen...
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen
... Indeed, a brighter future for Jamaica is what all of us wish on this New Year's Day. However, some seem to be losing hope not only in their ability to achieve their dreams in Jamaica, but also in Jamaica's ability to strengthen its economy and break the cycle of crime and insecurity. All of us need to catch the vision of a Jamaica which is safe and prosperous.
Achieving that vision demands collaboration at all levels. We must abandon every form of tribalism. Jamaica needs our combined ingenuity and skills for jump-starting our economic growth.
We must focus on the vision and commit to today's sacrifice for the success of long-term goals.
We need a people:
who commit to stamping out corruption;
who collaborate with the security forces to ensure that there is no impunity for criminals and that they are swiftly brought to justice;
who unite for the protection of our children and youth and invest in their preparation for adulthood; and
who give of their best in every sector, so that production is increased and our economy strengthened.
I continue to believe that there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica. The primary aspect of what is right with this country, is our people in whose hands rest the present challenges with their embedded opportunities.