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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:13

Holness in the US for 'Don' talks

Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island for Washington on Tuesday to hold talks with the relevant authorities in the United States in a bid to get better cooperation on identifying and dealing with individuals in the North American country who continue to influence crime and violence in Jamaica.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 13:05

SOE's are back - St Ann added to the list

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the reimposition of states of public emergency (SOEs) in Clarendon, St Catherine, St James, Westmoreland, Hanover and sections of Kingston and St Andrew.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says a strong government and good governance have been the catalysts for improvement and recovery in the country's economy post-pandemic. 

Speaking Tuesday at the Invest Jamaica Conference in Montego Bay, St James, Prime Minister Holness stressed that the speed of Jamaica's recovery can be attributed to making the right decisions for the overall good of the country, while balancing lives and livelihood.

“We managed the pandemic in such a way that we didn’t have to sacrifice businesses, we ensured that businesses could recover quickly. Now we are happy to say that our tourism product has recovered," said Holness.

He also noted that the recovery after the pandemic is phenomenal, especially after several months of complete shutdown of the industry.

Pointing to this as evidence of the robustness of the Jamaican economy, the prime minister said, now, more than ever, the country is equipped and poised for greater investment.

He, therefore, moved to encourage greater investment in the country, while highlighting Jamaica’s peak performance in tourism and the high employment rate.

“If you are looking for a place that is near your shores, on the same time zones, accessible, an hour and a half from any major destination that you may be originating from, and you want high-quality labour that can easily communicate, then Jamaica is the place,” said Holness.

He also underscored that the objective of the Government is to convert the country’s assets into prosperity.

The prime minister said: "Jamaica has one of the oldest democracies of modern time and it can become the country that has converted its democracy, its political stability and its economic sustainability into prosperity for the people."

Holness also gave the assurance that the Government and people of Jamaica are committed to the journey of advancement and prosperity of the nation and, therefore, welcome investments that will accomplish this mission.

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says he will be watching carefully to see if the crime rate will rise after the states of public emergency (SOEs), which he declared on November 15, end today.

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Opposition Leader Mark Golding is proposing the use of pre-charge detention of some 300 alleged violence producers locally as an alternative to the use of states of emergency (SOEs).

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has labelled members of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) as hypocrites, for not voting to extend a state of public emergency (SOE) in several parishes, claiming that it infringes on the rights of Jamaicans.

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One of Jamaica’s leading businessmen and public commentators, Kevin O’Brien Chang, is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to declare states of emergency (SOEs) for another 14 days when the current SOEs that were declared for seven parishes on November 15, expire on Tuesday.

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Friday, 25 November 2022 11:48

Government to amend fingerprints act

The government has announced plans to amend the Finger Prints Act, which will have far-reaching implications for Jamaicans in the taking of their prints and photographs.
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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday said his Government is committed to rebuilding the country from the "destruction of the decade of the '70s which caused the greatest post-Independence flight of talent and skill and enterprise from our shores".

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Monday, 21 November 2022 16:39

Juliet Holness eyes 20 years of JLP Gov’t

Juliet Holness on Sunday encouraged Jamaicans to keep the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in power for at least 20 consecutive years, arguing that the country needs strong and visionary leadership.

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