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World Bank team coming to help with HOPE programme

Published:Saturday | April 8, 2017 | 10:40 AM

A World Bank technical team is coming to Jamaica for discussions with the Government on the extent of assistance which the multilateral institution can provide in developing the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE).

The initiative that was announced by Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, during his 2017/18 Budget Debate presentation.

The Bank’s newly appointed Caribbean Country Director, Tahseen Sayed, says a technical team has already been asked to begin dialogue with the Government on the programme.

Mrs. Sayed made the disclosure during a meeting with journalists at the institution’s Jamaica Country Office in New Kingston on Friday, April 7.

The HOPE initiative, which Mr. Holness will see the Government targeting educational and job opportunities for young persons, aged 19 to 24 years, who are not employed or enrolled in school or any programme of training.

This undertaking will involve skills training through apprenticeship work programmes, personal development and responsibility, and citizenship and volunteerism.

Sayed says the initiative was one of several matters discussed with Holness, who raised it during their meeting on April 5, which formed part of her week-long familiarisation visit to Jamaica.

She says the HOPE initiative was consistent with the requisite approach she emphasised in relation to opportunities targeting young people.