PNP 75th Anniversary Launch - Press Mingle





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Published on Mar 16, 2013

The People's National Party (PNP) launched its Diamond (75th) Anniversary Celebrations under the theme "Honouring Our Past...A Powerful Foundation for Today and Tomorrow." The activities for the period officially kick-off with a church service on April 7, 2013 and highlight a documentary and book on the Party's achievements as well as the Party's four-day conference September 19 -- 22, 2013.

The event included presentations by the Co-Chairs of the PNP's 75th Anniversary Committee, the Party President, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, and former Prime Minister of Jamaica and Party President and the Most Honourable Percival James (PJ) Patterson. The Committee is responsible for designing and implementing specific programmes and activities over the next six months which appropriately honour the history of the Party and the many workers and leaders who made the many achievements for the Part and the nation possible as well as channel the Party's rich heritage towards defining the mission for the next 25 years as it continues the drive to secure and achieve Jamaica's development and sustainable growth in the modern era. Importantly, the activities will also include engagement throughout the Party as well as wider society to contemplate how to effectively transform its structures in this new dispensation of 2013 onwards. As a Party founded on the core values of Social Justice and Equality of Opportunity, it is befitting that the PNP takes the lead in such a reflection as it seeks means to enable increased transparency, effective participation and rigour in ensuring integrity throughout the Party and Governance for Jamaica.

As such, the anniversary activities will include group discussions, community fora, lectures, symposia, religious activities, Dinners, concerts, Family Days, cultural recitals and similar functions across the island and elsewhere throughout the Diaspora. The Party also intends to revive the tradition of honouring a number of comrades for their contributions to the Movement over the years. This will take the form of updating the Party's Honour Roll as well as acknowledgement ceremonies at the political divisional, constituency, regional and national levels. In engaging members across the country and globally, the Party also intends to extend its archives to establish a small museum of its political history.

Comrade Leader, the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller stated, "Seventy-five years ago this year, a heroic generation of men and women came together to take the course of Jamaica's history into their hands and to mold a nation out of colonial dust, leveraging their collective strength."

Following that, Comrade, the Most Honourable Percival James Patterson shared that "the Transformation Team will lead discussions within the Party and include wider sectoral Groups to prepare for the consideration and approval of Party Conference how we advance our Mission by: 'DECLARATION 75', as our desire is to foster group debate, community in defining our mission for the next 25 years."

In 75 years, we have created a powerful foundation on which we will continue to build and develop the Party so that we can continue to lead our country to be "the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business".


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