On September 16, 2015, a meeting took place in Jamaica with administrative and political representatives from eight Parish Councils (Hanover, Portland, St. Ann, St. Elizabeth, St. James, St. Mary, St. Thomas and Trelawny Parish Councils) to raise awareness about Phase II under the CARILED program. The meeting received greetings from The Honourable Minister Noel Arscott and Permanent Secretary Denzil Thorpe of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. Other speakers included Social Development Commission LED Support Program representative Dwayne Vernon and Advisors Clive Edwards and Marsha Henry-Martin. Speakers outlined the role of Local Economic Development (LED) in Jamaica and its synergies with Local Sustainable Development Planning. CARILED representatives Mr. Olaf Fontenelle, Regional Program Manager and National CARILED Coordinator for Jamaica, Ms. Stephannie Hutchinson outlined the CARILED project and the proposed way forward for Phase II, as well as the important role of Councils in developing and implementing LED programming. Parish Councils were invited to submit written expressions of interest to CARILED to participate in Phase II.
In further preparation for Phase II, ten Local Economic Development Officers (LEDOs) participated in Local Economic Development (LED) training in Trelawney, Jamaica from September 21 – 25, 2015. The participants included experienced and newly hired LEDOs who represented the six (6) municipalities engaged under Phase I and the Social Development Commission under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. The training was led by Mrs. Marilyn MacArthur, Federation of Canadian Municipalities volunteer from Vulcan, Alberta and focused on building institutional capacity to facilitate local economic development within local authorities in Jamaica.
Phase II in Jamaica is expected to launch in the third quarter of FY 2015 – 2016.
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