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4 5 6 7-8 ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PNP................................................................................

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CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES............................................................

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THE ENERGY CHALLENGE....................................................................................

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BUILDING ACCESS TO THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN....................................

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TAX REFORM..............................................................................................................

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THE PRIVATE SECTOR.............................................................................................

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THE BROADBAND PLATFORM FOR THE FUTURE..........................................

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CULTURAL DIVERSITY............................................................................................

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CRTEATING NEW POSSIBILITIES........................................................................

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT............................................................................................

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August 2011

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Finally, I wish to thank the numerous persons and representatives of organizations who attended seminars and meetings throughout the island, as well as online contributors, critiquing and making suggestions, in the step by step development of this document

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people centered development. 21st Century Mission Document.

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first decade of the 21st century

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Jamaica’s poverty rates- Years 2007 to 2010 % Persons living below poverty line

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Jamaica’s Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) –Years 2007 to 2010

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The goal of this Progressive Agenda is, therefore, to achieve accelerated harmonious and sustainable development of Jamaica’s national economy.

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It will be underpinned by five (5) pillars that will form the basis of the mix of policies for the next PNP government.

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facilitating accelerated and sustainable

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FISCAL MANAGEMENT As a matter of principle, the PNP is committed to introducing greater transparency to the management of the country’s finance and economic affairs. Historically, matters relating to the budget, the size of expenditures, spending priorities and the sources of revenue have been exclusively the preserve of the Ministry of Finance and the Cabinet. Parliament’s role has been purely formal and has been involved simply as a rubber stamp with little consideration of either spending priorities or revenue options and with little consultation of affected stakeholders.

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Fiscal imbalances, persistent deficits and low-rates of growth in the national economy have been consequences of this over many years. In an effort to secure greater transparency, greater fiscal responsibility and greater levels of public accountability which is at the heart of good governance, the PNP will establish an Estimates Committee in the Parliament, to have consideration of Expenditure priorities in the context of a medium term economic framework. We will also ensure the effective functioning of a Committee on Taxation in the Parliament able to consult with stakeholders in considering taxation policy and revenue raising measures.

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Foreign Direct Investment- to achieve a successful foreign direct investment flow, we will ensure: • A harmonized domestic and foreign economic policy environment. • A safe, secure and business- friendly environment. • Proper promotion abroad, always including the Jamaican Diaspora.

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Jamaica’s Cultural and Creative Industries Entertainment, Sports, Culture Cultural and Creative Industries are important to nation building for two specific reasons: a. They engender a sense of pride, dignity and national identity b. They are critical aspects in achieving sustainable economic growth and development The intangible processes of projecting, reflecting, archiving and showcasing elements of national identity, building national pride and demonstrating Jamaica’s cultural prowess are as important in the considerations of cultural and creative industries, as is the rising global market demand for cultural commodities. The Party recognizes the tremendous importance of the creative talent and its cultural antecedence. In economic terms, demand for cultural products and services continues to rise steadily. This is particularly true with the entertainment and media industries. Estimates show that the cultural industries are worth US$2.2 trillion growing at an annual rate of 5%. These industries are immense, employing thousands of our people and are very significant contributors to Gross Domestic Product. Further, they enhance the Jamaican brand and image of the country in a

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positive way, helping to provide recognition and respect around the world. Additionally, they provide a platform and open doors for the marketing of other Jamaican brands internationally. The Party, as Government, will position Jamaica’s cultural and creative industries, including sports, as priority industries, given their enormous potential for growth, export, employment, general economic development, and human resource development. The Party, as government, will seek to develop modern cultural and creative industries policies, informed by research and analysis. It will adopt relevant examples, from the experiences of successful cultural and creative industries in the global environment. It will take account of the global movement towards the convergence and intersections in cultural, industrial, ICT, information policy that make up modern, converged cultural and creative industries policy. This will be done in order to develop a model that is culturally-specific and suitable for the development of Jamaica’s cultural and creative industries. This process will include the classification of industries in Jamaica that are deemed cultural and or creative and the establishment of a comprehensive schedule of the categories and components of these industries. Where appropriate, Government will assist, support or directly facilitate the further development of these industries through a number of strategies, chief of which is the establishment of a Cultural Industries Development Council. It will comprise representatives of specific cultural and creative industries to guide the process of policy development and the complete re-examination of policy and legislation related to the cultural and creative industries.

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The principles of dialogue, tolerance, education, respect for human dignity and human rights are core values embraced in the Progressive Agenda. These principles define the method and approach adopted by the Progressive Agenda to address controversial issues, whatever they may be and where-ever they may arise. This represents the basic standard for Jamaica’s engagement in a multicultural, multi-ethnic globalized world. The resolution of these contradictions must begin at home.

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Creating New Possibilities

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