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  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says 4,500 jobs will be created at the community level under the Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme.
  • It is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under its Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED).
  • Minister McKenzie said that as the Government works to create more opportunities for positive social interaction, three new community parks will be built in St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Trelawny.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says 4,500 jobs will be created at the community level under the Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme.

The Minister, who was making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, said that these jobs will be generated from 500 viable community enterprises.

The LED programme, which is being implemented by the Social Development Commission (SDC), aims to stimulate sustainable economic development through the growth of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector and community economic enterprises.

It is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under its Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED).

Since its launch in 2015, 182 LED initiatives valued at over $615 million have been implemented, creating 1,072 jobs.

Meanwhile, the SDC will repair six of its offices this financial year. These are St. Ann, which is scheduled for completion this September; Kingston and St. Andrew; St. Thomas; Clarendon and St. James.

Minister McKenzie said that as the Government works to create more opportunities for positive social interaction, three new community parks will be built in St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Trelawny.

The SDC will create eight new community groups, and strengthen at least 300 entities.

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