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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson, is assuring that the administration is fully committed to orderly community development, and renewal.

“I do not believe in just (undertaking) development here and development there, without properly planning its execution. And, I am not only concerned about our urban centres and cities, I have a concern about rural development as well, if we are to move the country forward,” she stated, while addressing the first in a series of parish meetings, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and its agency, the Social Development Commission (SDC), at the Jose Marti High School in St. Catherine, recently.

The Prime Minister emphasized, however, that the Government’s efforts at development would not successfully yield significant benefits to the nation, without the involvement of stakeholder leaders in the communities.

“It is (tantamount to us saying that) somebody else is to do something in our community, but we are not prepared to unite to do some of the things to encourage others to give assistance to our communities. And so, the Social Development Commission (is) undertaking these town hall meetings, so that we can discuss our renewal programme. So give us the opportunity now, to work with you to have serious development of this country,” she urged.

The meeting was one in a series of fora, to be held under the theme: ‘Government and Governance’, which will provide Prime Minister Simpson Miller, and other members of the Cabinet and Government, with the opportunity to engage the public in discussion, on a range of topical issues.

These fora will also provide an opportunity for relevant government agencies to provide updates on programmes and initiatives, specific to the local and parish levels.

The next parish/town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, in May Pen, Clarendon.