KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is now time for transformative action within Jamaica after 56 years of Independence.
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Speaking at the opening of Houses of Parliament Design Exhibition at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston yesterday (October 10), Holness underscored the need for an improvement in Jamaica‘s infrastructure, buildings and public spaces. “If it is that we are looking to have order in society, order in public affairs, public order in public spaces, then let’s start with ordering how we have our buildings looking and feeling. After 56 years, I think it is time that we reinvent ourselves. The rest of the world is moving ahead, and we are living on past glory,” Holness said. He argued that in order for transformation to take place, each citizen must develop a sense of appreciation for change. Highlighting the need for a new purpose-built Parliamentary building, Holness explained that the ongoing design competition was a creative methodology to help determine how the Houses of Parliament building will represent Jamaica‘s rich heritage. “The look, role and function of the Parliament building will provide beacon of leadership that we think is prudent to encourage, nationalism and signal the sovereignty of our people and the empowering of our State to exercise the will of the people of Jamaica,” Holness said. The prime minister further stated that Jamaica must be forward thinking especially in an age of globalisation. “Jamaica needs a purpose designed and built Parliament building that will inure to our posterity. It is not for the comfort of the Parliamentarians, it is about making the Jamaican State more effective. This movement is about making the Jamaican State stronger, not to become a prey on the people,” he said.