Hon. Minister Arscott on Smile Jamaica
Local Government and Community Month 2015 was officially launched yesterday by portfolio Minister Noel Arscott. This year’s ceremony was held at the St. William Grant Park, downtown Kingston, under the theme “Empowering Communities through Improved Governance.”
Minister Arscott noted that the observance of the Month is occurring at a time when there is a sense of disconnection between the general population and the structures of governance at the local level. He said however that efforts to increase the pace of local government reform to meet public expectations have been bearing fruit, particularly in relation to the Ministry’s legislative agenda. “The Constitution (Amendment Local Government) Act, 2015 was passed in the Lower and Upper Houses this year. With this Constitutional change, Jamaica now has the ultimate framework within which the network of elected representatives at the Constituency and Divisional levels, and the various community and parish committees can work to empower and improve their communities.
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