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  • Minister without Portfolio (Housing) in the Ministry of Transport, Works, and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, has reaffirmed Latin American and Caribbean governments’ commitment to providing adequate housing solutions and supporting social services for citizens across the region.
  • In noting that the Latin America and the Caribbean accounts for the highest urbanization rate, averaging 80 per cent, compared to global figure of 54 per cent, Dr. Guy said the provision of housing solutions across the region now becomes “graver and more demanding” priority undertaking to be fulfilled.
  • Jamaica and the other countries stand to benefit significantly from the interactive deliberations held, particularly in relation to policy trends and development; the sharing of best practices in human settlements development and exchanging of experiences and information; as well as opportunities for strengthening of regional housing networks.

Minister without Portfolio (Housing) in the Ministry of Transport, Works, and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, has reaffirmed Latin American and Caribbean governments’ commitment to providing adequate housing solutions and supporting social services for citizens across the region.

Addressing participants in the just concluded 24th General Assembly of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Housing and Urbanization in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI XXIV), at Secrets Resorts and Spa in Montego Bay, Dr. Guy, said member countries acknowledge their responsibility to safeguard the welfare of the citizens, and assured that they will play their part in carrying out same, “with great resolve.”

In noting that the delegates met at a time when “the many challenges of urbanization and the response of governments to these…are being tested”, Dr. Guy, who served as President of MINURVI XXIV, argued that the regional governments are tasked with providing housing for persons who, consequent on rural-urban drift, “occupy (spaces) which (were) not designed or planned to accommodate all these individuals.”

In noting that the Latin America and the Caribbean accounts for the highest urbanization rate, averaging 80 per cent, compared to global figure of 54 per cent, Dr. Guy said the provision of housing solutions across the region now becomes “graver and more demanding” priority undertaking to be fulfilled.

Delegates from approximately 35 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended the 24th MINURVI General Assembly, which was held from August 27 to 28.

 

Jamaica and the other countries stand to benefit significantly from the interactive deliberations held, particularly in relation to policy trends and development; the sharing of best practices in human settlements development and exchanging of experiences and information; as well as opportunities for strengthening of regional housing networks.