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  • Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will be travelling to New York on October 15 to participate in a United Nations (UN) panel discussion
  • The discussion will be held under the title ‘Regional Co-operation for the Protection of Children from Violence’.
  • The discussion is taking place within the framework of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee Debate on the Rights of the Child.

Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will be travelling to New York on October 15 to participate in a United Nations (UN) panel discussion on ‘Regional Co-operation for the Protection of Children from Violence’.

The discussion is taking place within the framework of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee Debate on the Rights of the Child.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the disclosure at the Jamaica House media briefing on October 9, said Cabinet has approved the travel, which is to cost approximately $545,000.

Senator Falconer noted that last year Jamaica hosted the UN Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children and the upcoming panel discussion is the follow-up to that meeting.

“It will assess progress of the work agreed at that meeting and agreed follow-up actions to protect our children from violence,” the Minister said.

Minister Hanna will be making a Statement in the plenary of the panel discussion. She will be accompanied by Consultant/Advisor on Children’s Affairs, Mrs. Sadie Keating and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey.

Senator Falconer also informed that while in New York, Ms. Hanna will visit the Lincoln Centre and hold discussions with other cultural officials of New York. “Minister Hanna received a recent visit from the management of the Lincoln Centre with a proposal to establish a centre in Jamaica for the Caribbean,” the Minister informed.

She also announced Cabinet’s approval of a Ministerial Mission, currently in Canada, led by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton.

“The Mission will engage Canadian investors and promote investment opportunities in Jamaica, in particular the Logistics Hub (Initiative). They will also meet with potential distributors of Jamaican goods in the Canadian market,” Minister Falconer said.

She added that Minister Hylton will use the opportunity to meet with the Jamaican Diaspora community to address issues relating to Jamaica’s growth agenda and update them on investment and other possibilities in the country.

The Mission will visit Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The Minister is accompanied by Chairman of the Jamaica Logistics Taskforce, Dr. Eric Deans, and President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Ms Diana Edwards. The delegation returns to the island on October 11.