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Industry, Investment and Commerce, issues crucial to Jamaica’s economic recovery and the Government’s growth targets, will be highlighted when portfolio Minister, Hon Karl Samuda, opens the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate at Gordon House on Tuesday afternoon (May 11).
The Sectoral Debate is considered the most important annual exercise in the House of Representatives, after the Ceremonial Opening and the Budget Debate.
It will involve approximately 50 MPs, including Ministers who did not participate in the Budget Debate, junior ministers, backbenchers and Opposition members, will have an opportunity to outline programmes, address constituency issues or critique the Government’s performance over the last financial year.
The Sectoral Debate is scheduled to end on July 20, but closure will depend on whether Members meet their timelines. In an effort to meet the July 20 deadline, the debate will continue over two days each week – Tuesdays and Wednesdays – with two to three speakers scheduled to speak each day.
Ministers scheduled to speak are: Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, on Wednesday, May 12; Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, Tuesday, June 1; Minister responsible for Information, Telecommunications and Special projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, Wednesday, June 2; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, Tuesday, June 8; Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, Wednesday, June 9; Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, Tuesday,
June 15; Minister of Education/Leader of the House, Hon. Andrew Holness, Tuesday, June 22; Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, Wednesday, June 23; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Olivia Grange, Tuesday, June 29; Minister of Health, Hon Rudyard Spencer, Tuesday, July 13. Mr. Samuda will close the debate.