- Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, launched the 2014 Youth Consultative Conference on the Logistics Hub Initiative, on October 22.
- The YCC represents the coming together of over 100 youth leaders drawn from schools across Western Jamaica, to discuss ideas aimed at shaping the future of the country.
- The Governor-General said he is hoping that the conference will present the youth with perspectives on how to enhance their abilities to achieve their maximum potential.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, launched the 2014 Youth Consultative Conference on the Logistics Hub Initiative, on October 22, at the Sea Gardens Beach Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.
The YCC represents the coming together of over 100 youth leaders drawn from schools across Western Jamaica, to discuss ideas aimed at shaping the future of the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Governor-General said he is hoping that the conference will present the youth with perspectives on how to enhance their abilities to achieve their maximum potential.
“Our hope is that these conferences in 2014 will present our young people with perspectives on how to enhance your ability to achieve your maximum potential. I have faith in the inherent creativity of our young people who often only need encouragement and need an opportunity in order to shine,” he added.
The Governor-General said today’s conference represents the first in a series to be held on the Global Logistics Hub Initiative.
He noted that the theme of the conference – ‘Confident Youth: making a strong future through the global logistics hub’ – reflects the vision which he has for the youth, with the presentations to be centred around the significance of the hub in the country’s push towards attaining the goals set out under the Vision 2030 mandate.
The Governor-General pointed out that there are only 15 years left under the Vision 2030 programme, which makes it very critical for the youth to know the options that are open to them and the role they must play in the process.
“You need to understand how this major strategy for Jamaica’s development affects your future,” he emphasised.
Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030. It is based on a comprehensive vision: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”
The Governor-General outlined three important actions, which he said will guide the delegates during Jamaica’s journey to becoming a logistics hub…invest in self, positioning and preparation.
“Invest in yourself… by developing or honing your skills, which include your social skills. It is important that you expand your knowledge base. Secondly, you need to position yourself. Jamaica has the ideal location in the Caribbean for a global logistics hub…our young people must choose strategies to position (themselves) to seize the opportunities that will result from the logistics hub. Thirdly, you must be prepared. The best strategy is preparation through training, which leads to knowledge and skills certification,” he said.
Also addressing the opening of the conference were Custos of St. James, Hon. Ewen Corrodus; Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Dr. Fritz Pinnock; and representatives of sponsors, Digicel, Caribbean Airlines, Montego Cooperative Credit Union, Grace, Jamaica Public Service Company, Jamaica Broilers, Jamaica National and Sea Gardens Beach Resort.