PM begs Jamaicans to stay the course
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has used her Budget presentation to seek support for the decisions being taken by the Government.
Jamaicans have become disillusioned with the growing economic hardships and the recently announced $6.7 billion in new taxes.
However, speaking in the House of Representatives this afternoon, Simpson Miller said the Administration shares the dreams and aspirations of all Jamaicans.
However, she insisted that to realise our goals we must get the economy right.
She said the outcomes being sought will give the country robust economic growth and marked improvement in the lives and fortunes of Jamaicans.
Repeating the mantra of balancing the Budget while balancing people’s lives, Simpson Miller said the government is focused on protecting, particularly the most vulnerable from the shocks of the adjustments.
In the meantime the Prime Minister argues that despite the fiscal constraints the Administration has been able to do more with less.
In her speech, which began about 2:30 p.m., the Prime Minister focused primarily on giving an account of the achievements of her Government over the last year.
She pointed to the creation of more than 42,000 jobs under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), infrastructural development and improvements in rural Jamaica in agriculture and land titling.
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