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Vision 2030 a pipe dream, says Roberts

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

JAMAICA'S JOURNEY towards achieving developed-country status by 2030 may be a pipe dream at this point if the current forecast of a senior government technocrat is accurate.

"I don't think that as a country we are on target for vision 2030," director general of the Jamaica Library Service, Patricia Roberts, said yesterday at an exposition and panel discussion on libraries and their contribution to national development.

Roberts indicated that while she and many public bodies, such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica, were committed to the process, if vision 2030 were to be realised, every Jamaican would have to play an active part.

"Every single one of us has a role to play and unless we are prepared to do that, it would be a pipe dream," she stressed.

"The reason we are having fora like this is because the country should recognise that national development is not an event, it is a process, and we are not going to get to national development by waking up and saying we are nationally developed," the director general insisted.

Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country's national development plan for making "Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business".