Government wants to develop new youth agency
The Government is proposing to create a national youth development agency.
The proposal is contained in the long-awaited national youth policy which was tabled yesterday in the House of Representatives.
The proposed agency follows the disbanding of the failing National Centre for Youth Development, which was established in 2000 as the Government department responsible for youth development in Jamaica.
Yesterday, Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna, noted that the new youth development agency would be responsible for coordinating the operational aspects of the inter-sectoral approach to implementing youth programmes.
Hanna says the Green Paper for the National Youth Policy 2015-2030 will now cater to persons from 15-29 years.
The previous policy focused on youth 15-24 years old.
In a report released last year, the auditor general criticised the NCYD for failing to assess the previous youth policy and not achieving most of the objectives.