Jamaica making efforts to approve Arms Trade Treaty
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is currently "undertaking efforts towards ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty". The landmark treaty which regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships, was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) on April 2, 2013. According to the UN, the treaty will foster peace and security by putting a stop to destabilising arms flows to conflict regions; prevent human-rights abusers and violators of the law of war from being supplied with arms; and will help keep warlords, pirates, and gangs from acquiring these deadly tools.
Rae Town residents benefit from skills training programme
Thirty residents of the Rae Town community in Kingston have benefitted from a skills training and entrepreneurship programme that was undertaken at a cost of approximately $1.3 million. The Rae Town Employment Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Development Programme was implemented by the Morris Entrepreneurship Centre of Northern Caribbean University, in association with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, with funding from the European Union's Poverty Reduction Programme.