Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Patrick Allen is to host his annual Youth Consultative Conference on Wednesday, November 6 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme “ End Human Trafficking”. The conference is held under His Excellency’s ‘I Believe’ initiative, which takes a targeted approach at addressing young people and providing a platform for them to voice their opinions, dreams and visions for themselves and Jamaica.
Delegates from last year’s conference chose the theme as they believe it to be a key issue plaguing the Jamaican socio economic landscape. The objectives of this year’s conference are to increase public awareness, to discourage trafficking in persons (TIP) activities, warn vulnerable citizens, build capacity among stakeholders, train and sensitize Jamaican youth to identify victims of human trafficking.
His Excellency will also use this opportunity to inspire the youth to believe in their ability to do more and make an impact. This is in keeping the view expressed at his inauguration that, ‘I believe that there is nothing that is wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica’.
The ‘ I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) was launched in 2011 and is one component of the Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence (GGPE). The service-oriented programme for youth, focuses its projects and activities on family, youth and education; with a mission ‘To create pathways through partnerships and to promote programmes that restore hope, belief, and sound values in Jamaica’s families, youth and education.’