Speeches by the Prime Minister

STEM for Growth Symposium UTECH
Handing Over Ceremony Friendship Oaks Phase 1, St Elizabeth
Official Opening of Adam and Eve Spa
Prime Minister Holness Speaking at the 105th Jamaica Civil Service Association Annual General Meeting
Prime Minister Andrew Holness Labour Day Message 2024
Prime Minister Holness Commencement Speech at Delaware State University 2024 Graduation Ceremony
The Launch of The Pinnacle, Montego Bay

The Launch of The Pinnacle, Montego Bay

March, 15 2024
Keynote Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At The Launch of The Pinnacle, Montego Bay On January 20, 2024 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can imagine that I am at a loss for words. The presentation which we have just seen brings a new level of real estate development to Jamaica.  And I want to congratulate the principals of LCH Developments.  It is a visionary project.  It is a project that shows quite a bit of bravery. And I know that there are many looking on, on the project and saying this is substantial, this is significant.  So, you're not only breaking ground today, you're doing something that is groundbreaking in Jamaica. Today I hosted the Foreign Minister of China, His Excellency Wang Yi.  The Ambassador, obviously, could not have been here with us because he has to take care of his Foreign Minister who is here. He did not give me a message, he sent his message but I'm sure he would not object to me saying that the visit of the Chinese foreign minister was a very useful visit, and we had very good discussions about the economic partnership and the infrastructure partnership…
Official Launch of Amber UTECH

Official Launch of Amber UTECH

March, 15 2024
Keynote Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the Official Launch of Amber UTECH On March 7, 2024 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was just thinking, what kind of speech should I give, should I attack Howard, or should I just be graceful like Chris? But let me first of all thank the Master of Ceremonies for her masterful handling of the event so far. And acknowledge our Minister of Industry and Commerce, Senator Aubyn Hill. Mr Aldrick McNab, our Pro-Chancellor of the University of Technology. The very impressive Dr Kevin Brown, the new President of the University of Technology, with so much promise for the institution. Allow me also to acknowledge the work of the newly appointed Ambassador Dushyant Savadia, Founder and CEO of the Amber Group. And let me acknowledge all of you who are here. Thanks for coming, and thanks for being part of the audience. And as I sat and listened to the preaching, I decided that I would not deliver us another sermon, so I'll make a few points. I'm very pleased to be here today at this Amber UTech Launchpad event.  This initiative is a critical one, particularly at this time…
Official Opening of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement  Project (SCHIP) PartB II (Harbour View to Yallahs Bridge)

Official Opening of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) PartB II (Harbour View to Yallahs Bridge)

March, 07 2024
Main Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the Official Opening of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) PartB II (Harbour View to Yallahs Bridge) On February 6, 2024 ________________________________________________________________________________ First, let me thank your Master of Ceremonies for her masterful handling of the ceremony.  She has moved it along quite expeditiously. Allow me as well to acknowledge your Member of Parliament the Most Honourable Juliet Holness for the constituency of East Rural St Andrew, where we are,  but allow me also to acknowledge the Members of Parliament for St Thomas, James Robertson and Michelle Charles, who are here. I  breached the protocols because I should have acknowledged the ministers first, but because of the nature of the event, allow me to acknowledge the Honourable Edward Warmington, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, and Minister Matthew Samuda; again, Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Water in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. And in case you are wondering who is the Minister with Portfolio for that Ministry, just in case you are wondering, that is yours truly. I want to acknowledge our Cabinet…
Haughton’s RxPak Mobile App Launch

Haughton’s RxPak Mobile App Launch

March, 05 2024
Keynote Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the Haughton’s RxPak Mobile App Launch February 29, 2024 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stafford, I'm here today not because of your invitation. I'm here today because you invited me as Prime Minister to attend your event, but I think I need to explain this very carefully.  I am also the Minister responsible for the DBJ. Yes, the DBJ falls under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creations, one of our critical agencies so I'm not really here as prime minister today. I'm here as minister with responsibility for the DBJ. We've recently taken on under the Office of the Prime Minister, the responsibility for digital transformation for which minister without portfolio Dr Dana Dixon is here so in a sense I'm also here for that.  So, I'm here mostly in a ministerial role. I think most people view me totally in my prime ministerial role, but I do actually do ministerial work and Chris attested to it. I do take direct charge of several entities including the DBJ, including UDC, including the Port Authority so one of my functions as a minister aside from the policy…
Groundbreaking Ceremony UHWI Modernization Project

Groundbreaking Ceremony UHWI Modernization Project

March, 05 2024
Keynote Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the Groundbreaking Ceremony UHWI Modernization Project On February 20, 2024 ________________________________________ Thank you very much, Carl, for your skilful mastery of this ceremony. I will follow the doctor's orders and just simply say good morning, nice and decent people.  Good to be in your company. You will forgive my raspy voice. I'm sure you understand why that is the case. Minister Tufton from all I've seen, you deserve to continue to be the Minister of Health. This morning marks a pivotal moment as we gather to celebrate the contract signing and groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the University Hospital of the West Indies and this is only phase one.  This project stands as a testament to your government's commitment to advancing healthcare infrastructure and meeting the evolving needs of the Jamaican people.  I had a little bit of history here on the hospital, but to save time when we come to open this building, then I will preserve that part of the script. The hospital, which was opened in September 1952,  I believe,  received its first patient at that time. Started with an…
Throne Speech 2024

Throne Speech 2024

February, 15 2024
Official Opening of the Portmore Resilience Park

Official Opening of the Portmore Resilience Park

January, 29 2024
Keynote Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the Official Opening of the Portmore Resilience Park (Beginnings of an Oasis for Portmore), Portmore Roundabout On January 17, 2024 -------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you so much. Happy New Year, everyone. Let us all pledge to do more in 2024.  Thank you very much, Madam Master of Ceremony, for your masterful handling of the proceedings so far. Let me thank my good friend, Delford, for the prayers that you prayed for us. Let me acknowledge quite an extensive list of dignitaries.  I am told that in ceremonies like these, I should not merely adopt the protocol, but I should recognize all the nice and decent people gathered here today. But allow me to say welcome to my Cabinet ministers who are here, Minister Kamina Johnson Smith. This matter is so important it could be treated as a matter of foreign affairs. Welcome minister. And we have Minister Matthew Samuda here with us, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for climate change and water. We have Minister of State, Alando Terrelonge, who is here not because he's a minister,…
Update on Road Repairs in St Catherine Northeastern

Update on Road Repairs in St Catherine Northeastern

January, 29 2024
Statement By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica And Kerensia Morrison, Member of Parliament On the St Catherine Northeastern Road Repairs January 18, 2024 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Kerensia Morrison, Member of Parliament: So, Prime Minister, we are on Moreland Road in Guy's Hill and of course, I need no introduction, Kerensia Morrison, Member of Parliament, and I believe that you will be happy to know that it shall remain so for quite a while because the people of Moreland they are very happy. This terrain, Prime Minister, was not done in over 30 years. Certainly, one of the worst parts of the network that we had here in Northeastern St. Catherine.  The value, or the estimated value, of getting it done would have been over 16 million dollars.  Now, under those 40 million dollars allocated to all Members of Parliament, we have done a significant portion of it. We're looking forward to continuing part two but for what it has brought to the people of Moreland, relief. And why this area is particularly significant is that it connects to Riversdale so in the event that anything goes wrong on the major thoroughfare of the Guy's Hill main…
Prime Minister Holness Tours Hopewell Market

Prime Minister Holness Tours Hopewell Market

January, 28 2024
Remarks By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the Tour of Hopewell Market On January 19, 2024 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, this is a relatively small market space, but it comfortably fits 30 persons including people who sell haberdashery goods, that's amazing.  Now, one of our areas of focus as a government is to improve what we call urban townships andparticularly looking at urban townships in rural areas.  Now, Hopewell is one such urban township in not so much rural area, but it is considered to be a rural area. The problem with Hopewell is that, again, it was an unplanned town. It just sprung up  and it is a one town road,  which happens to be the main road that connects the rest of the island to Negril if you're coming from St James and it creates a really a serious blockage and it is a hindrance actually to the tourism industry  because of the delays that it causes between the airport and trying to get to the resorts in Negril and in Hanover.   But aside from that, when I drive through the town, I note the inconvenience of just general commuters because it's…