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PM wants partnership to eradicate social inequality

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Daryl Vaz

PM wants partnership to eradicate social inequality

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is advocating a partnership between the Government and Jamaicans which promotes an inclusive society geared towards the eradication of social and economic inequality.

In his Commonwealth Day message, the prime minister said such a society is one that empowers all Jamaicans to maximise their fullest potential based on the tenets presented in the Vision 2030 Jamaica: National Development Plan.

The prime minister's message was read by student of the Salvation Army School for the Blind, Jasmin Deen, at a ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day, which was held at The Knutsford Court Hotel, in New Kingston, on Monday.

The day was recognised under the theme, An Inclusive Commonwealth, with Jamaica's focus on the inclusivity of persons with disabilities.

The decision to focus on persons with disabilities is as a result of the estimated 10 per cent of Jamaicans and the over one billion persons across the world living with disabilities.

Holness said the Commonwealth is a testament to the principle of inclusiveness. According to the Holness, it "promotes mutual understanding and respect for different cultures, while rejecting intolerance, prejudice and racism".

Tertiary-level institutions accredited by UCJ

Ten tertiary-level institutions have been awarded certificates of accreditation for a total of 35 courses, by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ).

The Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, the Catholic College of Mandeville, Excelsior Community College, Jamaica Theological Seminary and Knox Community College are among those receiving accreditation for master's, bachelor's and associate degree courses.

The Mico University College, the Montego Bay Community College, Northern Caribbean University, the St Mary's University of Minnesota, the University College of the Caribbean, the University of Technology Jamaica and the Vocational Training Development Institute have also received accreditation for a range of courses.

The awards ceremony was held on March 10 at the University of the West Indies, Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre.

Executive director of the UCJ, Dr Yvonette Marshall, in her remarks, congratulated the institutions that received the awards, noting that this is testament to their commitment to quality, and by extension, to nation building.

We are going to work as a team - Vaz

Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Daryl Vaz has said support from senior managers of the Environment Division is crucial to ensure that the commitments made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness are fulfilled.

"If we all work together assiduously, we can achieve those objectives. We are going to work as a team, we're working in partnership, and we're going to work efficiently and effectively," said Vaz.

He was speaking at a senior management meeting held at the Environment Division, on Half Way Tree Road on Friday, March 11.

During the meeting, the minister informed that the country is poised for growth and that advantage must be taken of this. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of sustainable development.

World bank donates to climate resilience project 

Jamaica's efforts to strengthen resilience against climate change are being assisted through implementation of the J$829.3 million (US$6.8 million) Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project.

The project, which comprises phase two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience, is being rolled out by the Planning Institute of Jamaicas with grant support from the World Bank through the Climate Investment Fund (CIF).

It is one of five projects under Jamaica's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR) and aims to improve the quality of data collected and used by public and private sector stakeholders at the local and national levels.

It involves climate-resilient planning and hydromet information services development at a cost of approximately J$168.3 million (US$1.38 million); a climate change public education and awareness campaign, targeting behavioural change at a cost of J$88.4 million (US$725,000); and project management and evaluation to cost approximately J$82.9 million (US$680,000).