Prime Minister Andrew Holness has encouraged Jamaicans to not allow the global crises of a pandemic, war and inflation to dampen their mood as the country celebrates 60 year of independence.
In his Independence Day message, Mr Holness said it is a time for reflection, introspection, contemplation, and prospection.
He highlighted the economic, social and political challenges endured over the years which have hampered the development of the country.
Mr Holness reiterated that work has started and will continue to maintain the fiscal stability of the economy, to address the social order issues, to ease the struggle of home and landownership and improve the education system.
The Prime Minister also noted that the work has started toward Jamaica gaining full political independence, and is envisioning "a future of hope and prosperity".