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NEW YEAR MESSAGES - Opposition Leader Andrew Holness

Published:Tuesday | January 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Opposition Leader Andrew Holness

The following are excerpts from the New Year message from Opposition Leader Andrew Holness...

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness

... For this New Year, let us focus on the imperatives to achieve our economic independence. At the heart of this thrust must be a collective resolve to:

increase our productivity and efficiency;

reduce the cost of energy;

reform our tax and incentive systems;

foster greater public/private partnerships; and

develop new industries and business opportunities.

As a people we know what to do, Jamaica is not short on knowledge; we are short on the resolve to implement. Let this be the year of action.

As a nation we must draw on our reserves of courage and endurance to face the challenges of 2013.

We take courage in the knowledge that we have always been resilient enough to adapt to the most difficult situations.

We are a bold, confident people, and I have faith in the ability of the Jamaican nation to rise above political divisiveness, to be analytical and to cooperate in finding consensus on issues which are critical to our survival.

The Opposition will continue to be the guardians of the hopes and aspirations of the Jamaican people. We will not give up the basic commitments we have made to our people, to work to ease their economic and social burdens, especially in the areas of education, national security and health care.

We will provide critical support to those programmes and policies which we see as beneficial to the Jamaican people.