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    • The Ministry of Youth and Culture will be hosting a special forum aimed at fostering greater participation and inclusion of the country’s youth in matters pertaining to the economy.
    • The event, dubbed: ‘Money Talk Hackathon’ will be held on Wednesday, August 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston beginning at 6:00 p.m. A similar forum is being planned for western Jamaica.
    • Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, told JIS News that the forum will give young people a better understanding of some of the mechanisms the Government, particularly the Finance Ministry, has put in place for their benefit.

    The Ministry of Youth and Culture will be hosting a special forum aimed at fostering greater participation and inclusion of  the country’s youth in matters pertaining to the economy.

    The event, dubbed: ‘Money Talk Hackathon’ will be held on Wednesday, August 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston beginning at 6:00 p.m. A similar forum is being planned for   western Jamaica.

    Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the event, which will explore how the Economic Reform Programme (ERP) impacts young people in Jamaica as well as the role they play in sustainable development.

    Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, told JIS News that the forum will give young people a better understanding of some of the mechanisms the Government, particularly the Finance Ministry, has put in place for their benefit.

    “They sometime hear about the Economic (Reform) Programme, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), etc. but they are not clear on how it redounds to their best interest and some of the revolutionary changes that have been made to assist them. And so, this is an opportunity for them to interact, ask critical questions about their future in this country for economic growth (and opportunities for) young entrepreneurs and entertainers,” she said.

    Minister Hanna noted that the forum is part of a series of initiatives being organised by the Ministry to get young people to take up their role in moving the country forward.

    She noted that over the last two years, the Government has been able “to effect great change in terms of setting the right economic foundation and framework for young people to build on.”

    “We need to explain to them in a way that they see (the benefits) and to give them the platform to ask the hard questions, the questions that were boggling their minds,” Minister Hanna added.