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An Association of Regional Local Government Administrators is in the making, as a result of discussions being held at the Regional Local Government Consultation and Conference taking place in Montego Bay.
This was announced today (May 29), by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government matters, Robert Montague, at the five-day conference, which is being held at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club. It will end on May 30.
The State Minister said that a Resolution has been passed and a Steering Committee formed to guide the process of establishing the new organization.
“From all indications, local government administration in the region seems poised as a result of this ground-breaking workshop,” he argued.
“This is important, because as a region we must develop our own systems, laws and models, based on our experiences and realities. Local governance therefore offers us the last chance, the last frontier for us as a region to come together,” he emphasized
Mr. Montague, who is also Chairman of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers, congratulated the local government administrators for taking the initiative towards forming the new organization.
He pointed out that on May 30, the outcome of the consultations would be considered, and on May 31, a technical Working Group would meet to collate all inputs of the conference.
The State Minister said that all the information garnered would be further discussed at consultations to be held at the national level during the period June to September, and at a regional consultation to be held in November. These would then be incorporated into a final document, which would be published and made available to all local government stakeholders, including presentations to the CARICOM Heads of Government.
The conference is sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, under the theme: ‘Enhancing Local Governance in the Caribbean’.
Approximately 100 representatives from eight countries across the region are participating.

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