Moreno's visit will include tours of IDB-funded projects, a ground-breaking ceremony at the construction site of the new IDB offices in Kingston, and a cultural reception for IDB partners, stakeholders and staff.
On Friday, the IDB president will meet with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller; the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Peter Phillips and other senior officials in the Government.
Following his arrival, Moreno toured the Jamaica German Automotive School (JAGAS) where he observed activities under the IDB-funded Steps to Work programme. The tour of the Maxfield Avenue institution was the first stop on Mr. Moreno’s itinerary of activities.
Board Chairman of the HEART Trust/NTA, Moses Peart, gave him a synopsis of the work being done under the Steps to Work training and certification programme.
The initiative targets 1,060 Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries island-wide with the aim of providing social assistance through training and development.
Coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the HEART Trust/NTA, Steps to Work is supported through funding from the IDB and designed to assist PATH beneficiaries through several interventions such as on the job training, skills training and remedial training.
Approximately 20 Steps to Work trainees are currently enrolled in the one-year programme at (JAGAS), where they are pursuing a course in Motor Vehicle Engine Systems.
Once the students complete their training they will advance to the second phase of on-the-job training programme in 2015, also to be financed by the IDB.
The IDB, a leader in social and economic development and one of the largest sources of multilateral financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, is one of Jamaica’s development partners.
The Bank’s support includes the commitment of US$510 million to the Extended Fund Facility between the Government and the International Monetary Fund. Priority areas for IDB funding to Jamaica include support for programmes to improve fiscal sustainability, enhance social protection and security measures, and improving Jamaica’s business climate
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