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The Government will work even harder next year to build communities and change lives through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for the CDF, Hon. Shahine Robinson, gave this assurance in her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Gordon House yesterday (July 28).
Mrs. Robinson said that to accomplish this goal, the CDF Management Unit has been kept busy since the start of the year, hosting workshops and training seminars for administrative staff of the Members of Parliament, to sensitise them about CDF operational procedures, and provide guidance in preparing constituency development plans.
“Regular consultations are being carried out across the length and breadth of the island to encourage community participation in identifying development issues of importance, so that consensus can be reached on the selection and prioritisation of projects to be implemented, and to make changes to plans, if the need arises,” Mrs. Robinson told the House of Representatives.
She disclosed that Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) are now being prepared to inform the way forward in terms of the work of the implementing agencies and the management unit.
Meanwhile, rigorous scrutiny of project submissions by the Unit and the CDF Parliamentary Committee; strict monitoring of all projects under implementation; and the strengthening of relationships with all stakeholders, including the Office of the Contractor General, will continue to be features of the Fund’s operations.

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