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NE St. Elizabeth MP endorses rural version of JEEP

PNP HEADQUARTERS | 2013-02-08 00:00:00

North Eastern St. Elizabeth Member of Parliament, Raymond Pryce has endorsed the recently announced initiative by the Minister of Labour and Social Security to launch a new aspect of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme that will be specifically designed for rural Jamaica.

Mr. Pryce said that:
“The announcement by the Honourable Derrick Kellier is a welcomed one. It underscores the government’s appreciation of the differences in the developmental challenges faced by rural communities as compared with their urban counterparts”.

The North East St. Elizabeth MP while speaking at a community meeting in Foster Park, Santa Cruz highlighted that he will work closely with officials at JEEP and the Ministry of Labour in the design and implementation of projects for that Constituency.
“These projects” he said “will be centred on reforestation, soil conservation, water harvesting and expanding cottage industries through agro based MSMEs. The sky is the limit as to what rural entrepreneurs may achieve once the correct systems and stimuli are in place. This new thrust by the Ministry through JEEP allows us to better target our community development responses and should have more measurable impacts in business development and job creation.”

Just last week (Wednesday January 30) during a sitting of the PAAC at which Lucille Brodber of JEEP presented an update on the successes of JEEP that committee members representing rural constituencies outlined the need for a strategic approach to the development and implementation of JEEP projects in rural Jamaica.

In his announcement of the new initiative, Minister Kellier explained that the International Labour Organization (ILO) would partner with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.



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