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Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport, Portia Simpson Miller has called on local government Ministers and mayors in the Caribbean Community(CARICOM), to strengthen their respective partnerships with communities in their countries, in order to deepen the local government process.”The challenge before us is to consolidate, to re-energise, to summon the determination and the will to strengthen this network,” Minister Simpson Miller stressed.
She was addressing a high-level Inter-American Network of Decentralization, Local Government and Citizen Participation Sub Regional Mandate and Activities conference, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad last week.
“We need to mobilise our people and our communities, to become vital partners, operating as the central force in deepening local governance and participation in CARICOM states,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.
The three-day conference attracted participants from The Bahamas, Bermuda, Belize, Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and the host country, Trinidad and Tobago.
Minister Simpson Miller, who chaired the conference, said that, “everywhere I go I have always expressed my conviction that in order to overcome the many serious and economic issues facing our societies is for us to get local government working with the participation and ownership of the citizens in the communities, in order for us to find the answers to overcoming these problems”.
Topics discussed at the conference included, ‘Effective Service Delivery For All’, ‘Decentralisation – Caribbean Experiences and Initiatives’, ‘Regional Policy Framework on Co-operation and Local Governance’, and ‘Agreement to the Port of Spain Accord’.
In addition to the main plenary sessions, the conference was able to facilitate meetings of the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) and the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers.
Also in the Jamaican delegation were Mayors George Lee, Portmore; Noel Donaldson, Montego Bay; Milton Brown, May Pen; and Robert Montague, Port Maria, and technical personnel.