Photo above: Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness (left), engages in conversation with Minister of Finance and Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw. They were at the first official meeting of the Cabinet held yesterday (March 15) at the Office of the Prime Minister, 1 Devon Road. Photo credit: Jamaica government.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 16, (CMC) – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged members of his Cabinet, to always be driven by the public’s interest and to consistently have Jamaica’s most vulnerable in mind, when taking national decisions.
Holness, who was addressing his first official meeting of Cabinet since taking office, also encouraged them to act with equity and fairness.
“All our decisions must bear in mind the interest of the Jamaican people…. Unlike Parliament, the deliberations in which we (Cabinet) engage that lead to decisions, are not public; the public would not be aware of the considerations that make up our decisions, which makes it even more critical that the persons who sit around this table, from a moral standpoint, always bear the public’s interest at the forefront of their mind; that there are no other interests that guide their deliberations other than the public’s interest.
“We must take decisions quickly, while examining all the perspectives of the matter before us,” said Prime Minister Holness, who used the occasion, yesterday, to present his Cabinet members with a new code of conduct.
He told the Cabinet members, that they had to become familiar with the code of conduct and to abide by it.
“The country has high expectations of our new government. We cannot disappoint; we must be committed and remain focused on our commitments. The people of Jamaica want to see a government that is delivering on its commitments. I remain focused and I remain committed. We will move Jamaica to prosperity,” Holness added.
A government statement said, that Bishop Herro of the Faith Deliverance Centre was also present and led the Cabinet in prayer.