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Jamaica on path to economic independence

Staff Writer | August 17, 2017
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, says Jamaica is firmly on the path to attaining the true national mission of this generation, that of achieving and establishing economic independence.
Audrey Marks
Billions of dollars   Atlanta Jamaican Association Independence Ball
Delivering the keynote address at the Atlanta Jamaican Association Independence Ball at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Ambassador Marks said the country’s first focus after Independence was to build “exemplary social and political institutions for our young nation”.

“We have, by any measure, achieved our political objectives as a stable and democratic country,” she said, noting that Jamaica is considered to be among the most democratic nations in the Western Hemisphere.

Ambassador Marks said the island has also stamped its mark on the world in the cultural realm, particularly in the areas of music and sports.

“Rastafari is considered as the only new religion of the 20th and 21st centuries. We produced reggae music as an authentic musical form that has influenced the world dramatically,” she pointed out.

She noted that in the area of sports, “we have excelled beyond the wildest expectations, producing world-beaters and legends, particularly in athletics, cricket, boxing, netball and swimming.

“Music and sports are areas we once considered major recreational pastimes only, but, today, are respected as two of the world’s emerging cultural industries, generating billions of dollars in revenue”.


 

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