Jamaica gets US$9.5 million to assist with poverty reduction
CMC - The Jamaican Government has received US$9.5 million to assist with poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), environmental sustainability and energy security, and democratic governance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The grant was formalised on Monday will be used to implement the five-year “Country Programme Plan of Action (CPAP) 2012–2016."
CPAP, which covers the elements of UNDP support to a national programme of development over the next five years, began with a Common Country Assessment, which looked at Jamaica’s socio-economic conditions.
Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, who signed on behalf of the government, said the grant is not only a major investment in the country’s social and governance development, but reflected “proper country ownership."
He said that the process leading to the successful conclusion of the aid package was “inclusive,” as it reflected participation from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including civil society and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Areas of focus include the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Correctional Centre, the Rural Employment Programme and initiatives to deepen and strengthen democratic governance, including enhancing the representation by elected individuals at the local as well as the parliamentary levels.
Resident UNDP Representative Dr. Arun Kashyap said the aid package was consistent with Jamaica’s Vision 20/30 Programme, and was in support of the government’s Medium Term Economic Programme.
He said that the programme, while placing emphasis on the MDGs, would also contribute to the Government’s on-going reform efforts as well as the county’s proper fiscal management.
Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030. It is based on a comprehensive vision: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business."