Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge is urging more young Jamaicans to participate in the country’s political process.
He said their involvement can assist in the creation of new laws and policies which are critical to the development of the nation.
The State Minister also argued that politics and policies will determine daily happenings in one’s life.
“It will determine…what type of goods come into the country, what kind of goods go out, export duties, tariffs, (among other) things,” Mr. Terrelonge said.
He was speaking at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) roadshow held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.
The State Minister also urged young people to become activists for a cause, noting that they can have an impact on the lives of their peers.
“Young girls and young boys you can also be activist in this democratic world or if you live in a country that’s not democratic, you can be activists for a cause and I always tell persons believe in the power of one,” he said.
At the roadshow, scores of young persons from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions were introduced to parliamentary procedures by State Minister Terrelonge; Opposition Senator, Damion Crawford, and Deputy Clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis.
They were also provided with information on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Commonwealth by Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is a collection of 180 national and regional legislatures and develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to promote the values of the Commonwealth.
The Jamaican Parliament actively participates in CPA activities and currently is the seat of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Regional Secretariat.