His Excellency Masahiro Obata, Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, (Third from right), Mr. Ming Zhang, Senior Economist World Bank, IRBD, Hon. Audley Shaw Minister of Finance and the Public Service, (Centre) Senator the Hon Don Wehby, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Colin Bullock, Financial Secretary, Dr. Wesley Hughes, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica
Hon. Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance & Planning (centre) flanked to his left by His Excellency Masahiro Obata, Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, Mr. Ming Zhang, Senior Economist at the World Bank and Mr. Colin Bullock, Financial Secretary. To Minister Shaw's right are Mrs. Scarlette Gillings, CD, Managing Director of the JSIF, Senator the Hon. Don Wehby 、Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Dr. Wesley Hughes, Director General of the PIOJ.
The Official Signing Ceremony for the Japanese Policy and Human Resource Development(PHRD) Grant Agreement between the Government of Jamaica and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for the Preparation of the Second National Community Development Project (NCDP) took place on Friday, October 12, 2007 in the Minister's Main Conference Room at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, 30 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4.
JICA has been one of the development partners consulted by the project identification Mission Team from the IBRD in January 2007. This proposed new project with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) as the implementating agency, for the NCDP II, received a grant in the amount of US$500,000.- from the Japanese authorities.
A proposal had been prepared and submitted to the Japanese Policy and Human Resource Development (PHRD) Fund to fund preparatory activities relating to the new project. The objective of the NCDP II is to "assist targeted communities in the rural areas of Jamaica to improve employment opportunities and access to basic services. The object is to be achieved through "integrated support to these communities including investments, training, and technical assistance, building on the success of the community-based development approach under the ongoing NCDP with a particular focus on rural communities.