In a ceremony held on June 22nd at King’s House, His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Leslie Campbell, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine North Eastern as Minister without Portfolio.
Mr. Campbell’s appointment illustrates his continued willingness and commitment to contribute to the realization of the policy and programme objectives of the Government. His appointment follows that of former Minister without Portfolio The Honorable Lester Michael Henry, who succeeded the late Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mrs. Shahine Robinson.
His Excellency noted that though Mr. Campbell is assuming office in a time of varying challenges, his dedication to serving Jamaica and her people was evident and commendable.
Responding to his new appointment, Mr. Campbell expressed gratitude to the members of his constituency. Additionally, he thanked the Most Honourable Prime Minister for his show of confidence and the opportunity to serve Jamaica in this new capacity.
As a Minister of Government Mr. Campbell takes the Oath of Allegiance, to uphold and defend the Constitution and Laws of Jamaica, and discharge his responsibilities conscientiously and impartially, to freely give of his counsel to the Governor-General, to ensure good management of the public affairs of the country while maintaining the necessary confidentiality.
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has described the late Douglas Vaz as “a great Jamaican and an esteemed patriot” and observed that the country would always be grateful for his service.
In expressing condolence to the members of the Vaz family on the passing of the former Member of Parliament, Sir Patrick said many Jamaicans would recall his strong voice, self-confidence, and his unshakeable commitment to doing whatever he identified as being in Jamaica’s national interest.
The Governor-General said Mr Vaz displayed a profound understanding of the need for a stable democracy in which all voices should be heard but which in the end reflected the genuine will of an enlightened majority.
“Although on occasion he disagreed with persons in important leadership positions, he nevertheless exercised good judgment and acted in ways which enhanced rather than fractured the organizational framework of which he was a part. He earned the respect of leaders across the political divide and was one of the most admired Parliamentary representatives of all time,” the Governor-General said.
He noted that Mr Vaz had left a remarkable legacy, and testimony of this was evident in the outpouring of goodwill and gratitude by Jamaicans.
The 2018 staging of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative National Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) will seek to bring into sharp focus, the factors contributing to the mental wellness of young persons in the local context.
One thousand youth between the ages of 18-35 years are expected to converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on October 25, where they will be provided a platform to share with their peers concerning issues facing young persons.
Presenters slated to participate in this year’s conference include: Prof. Wendel Abel, Head, Faculty of Medical Sciences – Community Health & Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies; Prof. Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of Jamaica’s National Integrity Action; Dr. Donovan Thomas, founder of Choose Life International as well as a representative from The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) is one of the many programmes of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiatives, predicated on using what’s right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong with Jamaica.
The Conference is staged annually and targets youth between the ages of 17 and 35 years. It provides a platform for youth to express their concerns, suggest ways in which they can be involved in organizations that promote the building of a nation and propose avenues and alternatives to solve problems.
Participants or delegates are selected by Custodes and their respective Parish Committees from educational institutions, civil society groups, community groups and other entities.
The Govenor-General’s 2018 IBI-Monroe Scholarship Recipient, Mickaylia Johnson Hampton Student, will commence reading for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems, which she will complete in 2022.
This four (4) year scholarship, is facilitated by a partnership between the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) and New York based Monroe College which began in 2014 and so far a total of three (3) students have benefitted from the initiative.
Commenting on her selection, Johnson indicated “It’s a dream come true and I’m really happy and grateful for the opportunity to be able to take the next step toward achieving my goals”.
She further added that her decision to venture into Computer Studies resulted from an enduring interest in all things technology related and that she is very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
Monroe College is a highly ranked tertiary institution which currently offers higher level education in areas such as Criminal Justice, Nursing, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts among others.
IBI is an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence which seeks to recognize and promote excellence as well as empower Jamaicans to attain their maximum potential.
The IBI which was launched in 2011 is driven by its mantra: ‘using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong’
Students eligible to apply for a scholarship through the programme include high school graduates who have attained at least 7 high-level Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) passes as well as three high level Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) passes.
The next round of selections will take place in July 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year.
Governor General of Jamaica, His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen conducted the swearing-in exercise for the new president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Hon. Justice Saunders yesterday, July 4 in Montego Bay at the 39th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The swearing-in ceremony took place on the first day of the event, which runs from July 4-6 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, and is being carried out under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness.
Speaking at the function, His Excellency outlined that all the member states of the Commonwealth Caribbean have benefitted within their own justice systems from the work done by the CCJ.
“In its fifteen-year history, the institution has been a bastion of principle, erudition and efficiency which has served the region well” added His Excellency.
He further noted that the contribution of the Court has added significantly to the building of Caribbean pride and cohesiveness.
During the conference, a number of critical issues which impact the economic and social advancement of member countries are expected to be discussed.
These areas include: climate change, security strategy, disaster management, as well as the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).