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Minister of Local Government and Environment, Dean Peart has said that Jamaica is viewed as having one of the best systems of local government in the western hemisphere, and one of the most advanced reform programmes.
“Jamaica’s prominent role in advancing the local democracy agenda in the Caribbean has taken on new dimensions in the last three years, because of the high esteem and confidence accorded to its former Minister of Local Government , now Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller,” said the Minister. He was making his contribution to the 2006/07 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 26. Mr. Peart pointed out that as a consequence of the high regard in which the country is held, it has held a number of prominent positions regionally and internationally, with assigned obligations.
“Having inherited those regional and international obligations, the Ministry will continue to play its part in supporting the advancement of local democracy in the region and meeting international mandates regarding local governance,” the Minister said.
He noted that under the Parish Infrastructure Development Programme (PIDP), the local authorities have been the chief beneficiaries through a series of training, targeting Local Government personnel.The PIDP is a project within the Ministry of Local Government and Environment that is being jointly funded by the Government and the Inter- American Development Bank (IDP), and is a part of the reform process.
“While the programme comes to an end in September 2006, the primary focus for the remaining months of the programme will be on the continuation of training and related follow-up activities in the Councils. This is a $26.7 million investment in Local Government,” said the Minister.

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