Dominica’s Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford has told the start of a Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) concept workshop here that government will continue to seek mechanism to stimulate the economy.
The workshop, which commenced on Monday is aimed at giving participants a full understanding of the Local Economic Development concept.
Shillingford told participants that the CARILED concept, when fully understood, will compliment government thrusts for economic empowerment for local authorities and communities for reduction in poverty and income generation and job creation.
“Let me assure CARILED of government’s support of this concept. We also look forward to the success stories in other to replicate in other communities around Dominica. We remain committed to continued collaboration to facilitate the development of local economic development project,” she said.
She said the project is timely, in that, it was happening at a time when several communities around Dominica just ended the annual Community Day of Service.
“Communities around the island were involved in community projects which in one way or the other have economic benefits for each of their respectful communities,” she explained.
Meantime Program Director of CARILED, Alix Yule, says local authorities and ministers of Local governments in the region should make every effort to work with their communities.
According to Yule, local authorities are in the best positions and are at the levels closest to the people they interact with daily.
CARILED is implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in partnership with the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers, the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada
The workshop ends here on Tuesday.