Share 122 Views no discussions LocalNews Local economic development discussions move to Portsmouth by: Dominica Vibes News – May 17, 2016 Share Tweet The Portsmouth district is the latest one to be engaged in discussions with the Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) on matters of local economic development.This is through a two day workshop, which commenced at the Cabrits National Park on Tuesday May 17, 2016.Speaking to Dominica Vibes on Tuesday, local development officer overseeing the CARILED project here, Vincienne George said the workshop targets residents of Portsmouth and neighboring local communities within that district.During the two days participants will be sensitized on Local Economic Development (LED); what is LED 101, what is CARILED about, what is CARILED doing and what has been done in other districts which will be implemented in Portsmouth as well as showcasing certain aspects of the LED Strategic Plan which will be created for Portsmouth.Miss George, who informed that Portsmouth already has a plan, explained that it, will therefore be reviewed with the participants.She also stated that CARILED does not dictate what project (s) communities should do but rather allows them to decide on which areas they would like developed under the project. For CARILED, the important thing is that the entire community benefits from the project selected.“They themselves have to give us their whole plan for Portsmouth; they have to tell us what is it that they want, where they want to see Portsmouth in the next five years, and how they would like to shape the community.”Although she could not definitely say what the project for Portsmouth is, Miss George however said “knowing that Portsmouth is leaning on the tourism side, most likely it would be a tourism project”.Follow up workshops will take place in June. These will “zero in on the town of Portsmouth…creating that strategic plan for the town of Portsmouth where there will be one project coming from that plan that will be implemented”.Though disappointed with the current number of participating individuals, Miss George hopes for an improvement on day two.“The turnout is not as we expected, we have a little over twenty persons…we targeted at least thirty-five, forty persons to be able to have a broad range of persons and to be able to reach enough persons.”There is still time she said, “They can come out to hear what we have to say, see what is in it for them, what is in it for their community and they can really learn and acquire knowledge from. [We are] hoping that by tomorrow we should see a larger turn out of persons.”To date two Local Economic Development Projects have been implemented in Soufriere and Woodford Hill.“It is our intension to implement LED across the seven districts,” Miss George said and added that the project will move on to the western and southern districts soon.CARILED is presently present in seven Caribbean countries; Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Share Sharing is caring!
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