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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding will kick off the first in a series town hall meetings, aimed at enhancing dialogue and interaction between the Government and the citizenry at the local level, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The Prime Minister, who will be accompanied by several members of the Cabinet, will address residents of Mandeville and its environs on matters of importance impacting their lives, particularly in light of the current global recession. Those joining him include: Finance and the Public Service Minister Hon. Audley Shaw; Energy and Mining Minister Hon. James Robertson; Education Minister Hon. Andrew Holness; and Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information and Telecommunications Hon. Daryl Vaz.
Addressing journalists at last week’s post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz informed that the meetings, which are slated to run until the end of June, are aimed at increasing the communication channels with the public, in order to keep the country abreast of developments impacting the citizens.
Noting that the initiative is being undertaken against the background of the administration’s recognition of the importance of communications at this time, he informed that other meetings are scheduled for Portmore, St. James, St. Ann, and St. Mary. The dates for the remaining fora, Mr. Vaz further advised, are being worked out to facilitate Prime Minister Golding’s attendance, adding that members of the Cabinet are also expected to attend.
In addition to the meetings, Mr. Vaz said the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is organising several fora, one of which was held two weeks ago, involving Labour and Social Security Minister, Pearnel Charles, and Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett. He added that these meetings, along with the sectoral debate, which commences in Parliament tomorrow (May 19), should augment the communications effort.
“In these trying times, communication between the highest level of Government and the people of Jamaica is going to be critical. As such, we will be endeavouring to have, not only have Post Cabinet press briefings, but fora with Ministers, where specific topics of the day (that) affect the lives of our people, will be dealt with almost on a weekly basis,” he said.
“People will be, at least, informed of where we are, and of course, how we are doing, in terms of fighting this monster called the recession,” Mr. Vaz added.

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