28 Apr Opposition Spokesman on Energy and Mining Vows to Guard Achievements
Opposition Spokesman on Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell has signalled to the Government that he would “vigorously guard” the achievements of the previous administration in the mining and energy sectors and that as a responsible opposition he would ensure that the momentum achieved was not retarded and that the vision of sustainable development remained in sharp focus.
He observed that the lack-lustre presentation of the Mining Minister during his contribution to the sectoral debate does not inspire confidence in the future of the sector, while the rehash of the previous administration’s policies and achievements by the Energy Minister was disingenuous.
Making his presentation to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House on Tuesday, April 25, the former Minister with portfolio responsibility for Mining and Energy, emphasized that the two sectors were critical to the sustainable development of our economy and country.
“These two sectors represent more than 30 percent of our gross domestic product; generate thousands of quality jobs, directly and indirectly” he observed.
He stated that during his tenure as portfolio minister, the policies pursued positively impacted the country’s economy and positioned Jamaica on a secure and sustainable growth trajectory.
Mr. Paulwell emphasized that while the Opposition welcomed “constructive engagement with the government”, any attempt to reverse hard won gains and any action which can adversely impact the lives and welfare of Jamaicans, would be stoutly resisted.