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  • The role which the Social Development Commission (SDC) must play in the Government’s growth agenda was highlighted yesterday (March 16) by Local Government Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.
  • During the meeting, the Minister examined some of the SDC programmes and informed the staff that he will be assessing the organisation.
  • Following the meeting, the Minister and the Permanent Secretary met with the senior management of the SDC.

The role which the Social Development Commission (SDC) must play in the Government’s growth agenda was highlighted yesterday (March 16) by Local Government Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.

Mr. McKenzie said the SDC would be integral in employment creation, which would be linked to the growth agenda.

“The SDC is going to be a critical part of the urban and rural changes. We’re going to be doing a lot on rural and urban development. We are going to be looking at putting in programmes that will cater to a number of young people,” he said.

Mr. McKenzie was speaking at a meeting with the staff of the SDC, at their headquarters on Camp Road, in Kingston, on March 16.

During the meeting, the Minister examined some of the SDC programmes and informed the staff that he will be assessing the organisation.

He also stressed the importance of teamwork to the overall performance of the agency, as well as its usefulness to fulfilling the Government’s commitments.

As it relates to infrastructural and funding challenges of the SDC, Permanent Secretary in the Local Government Ministry, Denzil Thorpe, said these would receive attention.

Following the meeting, the Minister and the Permanent Secretary met with the senior management of the SDC.