In 2012, the people of Jamaica celebrate 50 years of political Independence. At 50, Jamaica is a young nation, a developing democracy; but there is much to celebrate.Jamaica has followed a path of nation building with several challenges and triumphs along the way. The country has forged ahead with several infrastructure developments and is today a modern country which has established its place among the League of Nations.Indeed, although Jamaica is one of the tiniest countries in the world, it has made a big impact. It is one of the best known countries, celebrated for its beauty, culture, cuisine, the example of racial harmony that it continues to be, and the outstanding fetes of its citizens in various sectors.Jamaicans have delighted, challenged and mesmerized the world."I think that when the people of the world think of Jamaica, they think of the creations of our people that have enriched humanity," said the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange who has responsibility for leading the Jamaica 50 celebrations.The Jamaica 50 celebrations will celebrate the island's nation building experience and the successes of its people.The celebrations will highlight the positives of Jamaica - the warmth and creativity of our people, the beauty of our island, the vibrancy of our culture, the brilliance and talent of our people.Jamaica 50 will be amazing and memorable; it will equal or surpass the euphoria of 1962; it will be a wellspring of national pride, energizing Jamaicans at home and abroad; and it will engage the attention of the world.
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