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  • Industry, Investment, and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has endorsed the partnership between the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and Gas Products Limited (GASPRO), to stage the Street Style Cook Up Competition.
  • The PIOJ, through its Community Renewal Programme (CRP), has partnered with GASPRO on this engagement in an effort to promote and support the socio-economic advancement of these communities.
  • The Southside Street Style Cook Up will see initially 40 chefs participating in the competition, from which 12 finalists will be selected for the final cook off.

Industry, Investment, and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has endorsed the partnership between the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and Gas Products Limited (GASPRO), to stage the Street Style Cook Up Competition.

The competition will be initially held in Southside/Parade Gardens, Central Kingston, on May 17. The initiative is a community integration programme, which will be undertaken over the next four years, in several communities island wide, which are affected by crime and violence.

The PIOJ, through its Community Renewal Programme (CRP), has partnered with GASPRO on this engagement in an effort to promote and support the socio-economic advancement of these communities.

Speaking at the programme’s launch at the PIOJ’s New Kingston offices on Wednesday (April 30), Mr. Hylton said he anticipates that the endeavour will increase the level of economic activity and employment in Jamaica, “which we, as a Government, are doing everything in our power to facilitate and encourage.”

“GASPRO’s contribution brings an opportunity for the economic empowerment of community members, which is critical to the redevelopment and re-inclusion of marginalized communities. The focus on economic empowerment also supports one of the central pillars of the CRP, namely, socio-economic development,” he said.

The Minister noted that the cooking gas retailer’s partnership with the CRP demonstrates “a shared focus on the whole issue of development for vulnerable and volatile communities in Jamaica.”

In also welcoming the significant level of private sector support for the project, Mr. Hylton expressed the hope that other entities “will come to realize the value of the initiative… not only for the benefit of Jamaica, but as a contribution to the advancement of their own businesses.”

“I also hope that many more will partner with the CRP, which largely relies on such partnerships for its implementation and success, as we move towards the aim of Vision 2030 Jamaica, which is to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and to do business,” he added.

PIOJ Director General, Colin Bullock, noted that the street style cook up project is consistent with the CRP’s overall objective, which is aligned to Goals One and Four of Vision 2030 Jamaica – a) ‘to empower citizens to achieve their fullest potential’, and; b) ‘contribute to the attainment of a secure, cohesive, and just Jamaican society’.

He said the project is “significant”, as it “operates within a public-private modality, which is essential to achieving sustained growth and development.”

“This partnership between the Community Renewal Programme and GASPRO Limited asserts corporate social responsibility and realizes efforts to empower the lives of the residents within the communities like Southside,” the Director General said.

In his remarks, GASPRO’s Chief Executive Officer, Kailashnath Maharaj, said in conceptualising the project, the management explored the goals they were trying to achieve within the communities that they interfaced ‘that would bring real value.”

“What we were able to come up with was a framework that would allow us to go into a community and help the people on the ground to develop themselves, which brings economic benefits and enrichment. That, for me, is the real strength of the project. That is the vision that resonated with the fellow private sector entities partnering with us,” Mr. Maharaj stated.

The Southside Street Style Cook Up will see initially 40 chefs participating in the competition, from which 12 finalists will be selected for the final cook off. This segment will see them showcasing culinary talents and creativity, utilising various ingredients provided by the event’s sponsors.

The finalists will compete in four teams to prepare one main dish, which will include: an entrée, soup, and side-dish, along with a beverage.  A range of prizes will be awarded for the top presentations.