In 2017, the people of Jamaica will have an opportunity to mark the 55th anniversary of our amazing country. Although Jamaica is one of the tiniest countries in the world, it has made a huge mark on global culture and sports. Jamaica is a huge and recognizable brand across the globe, the country continues to be admired for its physical beauty, culture, cuisine, harmony among its people and the outstanding achievements of our citizens in various sectors.
Jamaica at 55 is an important moment for our country. It is an occasion worthy of celebration, and it will be celebrated through a year-long series of activities dubbed Jamaica 55 (April 2017 –March 2018). This emerald anniversary provided the Government an opportunity to create a programme of activities that would allow Jamaicans in the Diaspora to reaffirm their pride in, and commitment to national development and the achievement of a prosperous Jamaica.
The Diaspora will have a significant role in the celebrations. Through various forms of collaboration, we plan to have activities every month in Jamaica and in the countries across the world where there are significant Jamaican immigrant communities.
The Government of Jamaica takes the opportunity of Jamaica 55 to engage with its citizens all over the globe on what it means to be Jamaican in the 21st century. The pivotal Diaspora centres in North America, Europe, Central America and the wider Caribbean will be targeted. This engagement is an opportunity to chart a bold course for the future, one in which a holistic and comprehensive vision of prosperity will become a reality for Jamaica and its people.
Jamaica 55 is more than a party; the programme involves an ambitious package of legacy projects focused on Institutions, Infrastructure and Icons, and includes development in the areas of Sports, Entertainment and Culture, Education and Gender Relations.