"Build a Society Characterised by Excellence" - PM

Date Published: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has called on Jamaicans to build a quality society characterised by excellence noting that “Jamaica cannot maximise its potential for greatness and achieve what we need in the next 50 years without sustained hard work.”

Speaking to hundreds of persons gathered at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Sunday (March 24) for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, the Prime Minister said the nation’s youth’s represent our future and “this is the beginning of the next leg of the journey in keeping with the theme, ‘Youth on a Mission…Project 2062.’”

“As I look at the nominees and awardees, I feel a deep sense of pride. Through your actions, you our nominees and awardees have said loudly and distinctly that you have a lot to offer this country. You are among the significant Jamaicans who have been making a valuable contribution at home and abroad. You have imagined a life of achievement, a life of excellence and have refused to accept mediocrity. You have refused to believe that because circumstances were hard and obstacles were in the way that you could not fulfill your dreams to pursue them meaningfully. You have refused to place limits on yourselves” Mrs Simpson Miller highlighted.

Reflecting on the confidence of the nation’s forefathers which saw the overthrowing a system that mocked human decency, Mrs Simpson Miller said this confidence has a long lineage. She implored the audience to carry it on to 2062 and beyond. 

The Prime Minister called on the nominees and awardees to let their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to other young persons and the nation emphasising that “your excellence is not an act, it is a habit, it is a way of life.”


The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence was instituted in 1998 to recognise the accomplishments of the Jamaican young people and are presented annually to young persons who have distinguished themselves locally, regionally and internationally. Awards were presented in the areas of Sport; International Achievement; Academics; Leadership; Arts and Culture; Journalism; Youth in Service; Entrepreneurship and Agriculture. The 2011 nominees and awardees were also recognized at the function.