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Government Annual Report Reveals "Real Progress" 21 October 2005

    GOVERNMENT has made ‘real progress’ on important issues despite the political challenges of the past year, according to Chief Minister Donald Gelling MLC.

    In his foreword to the 2005 Annual Report, Mr Gelling says the publication shows how Government is working ‘to make a difference’ in such areas as crime reduction, hospital waiting times, road safety, exam results, environmental quality and access to public transport.

    The report, that was debated at the October sitting of Tynwald, includes updates on more than 200 specific action points being tackled across Government.

    ‘During the year 2004/05 Government has continued to make real progress on issues of importance to the community, notwithstanding the political challenges which have also been a feature of the year,’ writes the Chief Minister.

    Looking ahead, Mr Gelling says Government’s priorities will continue to centre on diversified growth of the economy – ‘absolutely vital for the future employment opportunities and living standards of the people of the Island.’

    Other priorities indicated include maintenance of primary health services, support for low income groups, health promotion and community safety.

    On the issue of governance, the Chief Minister observes: ‘The financial position at the MEA was a salutary reminder that no country or organisation is immune from unexpected difficulties. The test of maturity lies in how such problems are addressed, and I am pleased that Government and Tynwald have responded to the particular challenges of the period with openness and a strong sense of public responsibility.’

    Mr Gelling concludes his foreword on a confident note, pointing out that the Isle of Man has a sound economy and public finances, clear economic and taxation strategies, and increasing recognition ‘as a small country that is both enterprising and internationally responsible.’

    ‘The Island has a strong platform for further progress’, the Chief Minister declares.

    A paper copy of the Annual Report 2005 can be obtained from the Tynwald Library at a cost of £5.00 or an electronic copy can downloaded free of charge from the Chief Secretary's Office website: www.gov.im/cso.

    21st October 2005

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