KINGSTON –– Andrew Michael Holness, a five-term elected Member of Parliament, was a short while ago appointed prime minister of Jamaica at King’s House in St Andrew.
He was appointed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.
Holness, having taken the oath of allegiance and oath of office, also signed the instrument of appointment as prime minister, much to the delight of those gathered to witness his appointment.
The standard of outgoing prime minister Portia Simpson Miller was then lowered and Holness’ standard broken.
In his inaugural address, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said his vision was to make Jamaica the centre of the Caribbean.
Holness said geographically Jamaica was the centre of the Caribbean.
However, the prime minister’s vision is to “truly make Jamaica the centre of the Caribbean” — a centre for finance, trade and commerce, arts, culture and lifestyles, among several other areas.
The new prime minister said this could be achieved “in our lifetime”.
“My dream is to fulfil your dream. We must create a Jamaica where there is hope and opportunity, where we can encourage our children to dream big . . . ,” Holness said.
The prime minister insisted that Jamaicans must start now as it was a “time for partnership, time for action”.
Holness thanked members of the Diaspora for their contribution to the development of Jamaica, but stated there were too many complaints from the Diaspora regarding difficulties in making contributions.
“I am hearing of too many problems from the Diaspora when they want to make a contribution to Jamaica.
“This has to change; this has to stop. This government will make it easier for the Diaspora to participate in the development of their homeland.”