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  • The Ministry of Local of Government and Community Development has given the thumbs up to the Caribbean Conference on Solid Waste Management.
  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dione Jennings, said the discussions over the four days were fruitful, and the way is now paved for greater cooperation and collaboration between Caribbean countries on matters relating to waste management operations.
  • Ms. Jennings pointed out that several objectives of the conference were achieved, including the varied approaches to solid waste management.

The Ministry of Local of Government and Community Development has given the thumbs up to the Caribbean Conference on Solid Waste Management, which ended on October 3, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dione Jennings, said the discussions over the four days were fruitful, and the way is now paved for greater cooperation and collaboration between Caribbean countries on matters relating to waste management operations.

“The vibrant participation of the conference participants and the lively discussions which ensued from the high quality presentations at the conference, speak to the increasing levels of seriousness with which these issues are viewed. We certainly welcome and encourage such attitude towards solid waste management as this is what is required as the Caribbean marches toward economic growth and sustainable development,” she said.

Ms. Jennings pointed out that several objectives of the conference were achieved, including the varied approaches to solid waste management, guidance to stakeholders regarding best practices in the management of solid waste, and the establishment of networking opportunities among countries in the region.

“Another aim was to present networking opportunities and to establish networks which would facilitate dialogue among the countries in the region…for the sharing of information and experiences. We set out to explore the business potential for the sector…the conference did not fail to live up to expectations,” she said.

She argued that given the size of Caribbean nations, policies aimed at getting sustainable development with solid waste management in mind, must form part of the agenda going forward.

“At this conference we have learnt a lot which, if pursued with commitment, will provide tremendous benefits to the region. The importance of a dynamic and robust policy of waste reduction…provides various undeniable benefits and can never be over-emphasized.  The small size of our Caribbean nations demands that such policies be pursued urgently, not only as a matter of sustainable development, but for our own survival,” Ms. Jennings said.

The conference, which was attended by representatives from several Caribbean countries, received support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).