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Building the country’s future

Published: May 09, 2013

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As we embark on the start of 2013, our 40th year of independence, we must celebrate our stable democracy and march on to build our future.  We are a passionate and proud country; a country of superior athletes, fine artists and intellectuals.

But we are a country without direction.  We can no longer claim our youth merely feign ignorance and indirection.

We are an independent nation that needs to accept the responsibility that comes with maturity.  Yes, we may consider ourselves young compared to England, but we are by no means an inexperienced country.

And certainly the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), first elected to lead in 1967, has the historical advantage to recognize the immense responsibility of leadership it has to influence and define the tone and direction of the country.

Let us embrace this 40th year of independence to set our direction.  To press onwards, and march to a “common loftier goal”.

Let us put forth a national development plan and implement it; a development plan that has tangible goals with measureable milestones that sets the course of our future; a plan that is not just for political discourse, but a plan to impact the present and future Bahamas.

The PLP’s “Vision 2030: Charting a course of change for The Bahamas” cites a pledge to move the country “upward, forward, onward… together”.  Perhaps, it is not so much change that The Bahamas needs, but rather a defining of the “loftier goal” it seeks.  If we want The Bahamas to change, we need to know what it is changing to.

During the election campaign, then incumbent Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pledged a 10-­year development plan to be titled Bahamas Jubilee.  Whether a development plan is created for five years, 10 years, or 20 years, a plan is needed with tangible goals to guide the country forward.

We don’t need the promises doled out during the 2012 general election.  We need a plan of action.  We must move past the election, past partisan politics to govern The Bahamas for the people.  We must stand by our advertisements that it is “Better in The Bahamas”.

With the full appointment of statutory boards and committees, the Government of The Bahamas is ready for action.  The people of The Bahamas are ready for action.

On the mark of our 40th anniversary, July 10, 2013, let us rejoice our past and know our future.

March on Bahamaland.

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