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Jamaica PM Challenges National Sport Council to Influence Sport Development

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, April Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has challenged members of the reconvened National Council on Sport to influence Government’s decisions and policies on sport development.

Addressing the Council at a meeting at Jamaica House on Tuesday, April 23, the Prime Minister said sport should be explored and treated as a big business and “we have a responsibility to ensure that we push this area of development in the same way as tourism” and the Council needs to explore how we can exploit greater earnings from sport. The Prime Minister said the development of sport at all levels, particularly in the basic and prep schools, is critical to Jamaica’s continued success in sport.

 

For her part, the Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley outlined the 2013/2014 strategic priorities for Sport to the Council and gave an overview of the National Sport Policy which was tabled in March 2013. She added that the growth and development of sport in Jamaica requires innovation and creativity.

Among the priorities outlined were: updating of the National Sport Policy aligning it with other national policies and international treaties with respect to sport development and physical education; building and strengthening of multi-sectoral linkages with key stakeholders in sport development; development of the National Sport Museum; enhancing and leveraging the sport component of Brand Jamaica; establishing an enabling economic environment to attract investment to support a robust sport industry; establishment of advanced sport institutions and programmes in Jamaica; development of a long-term national plan for design, development, maintenance and management of sport infrastructure islandwide; and the design and upgrade of national and community facilities for multi-purpose use to include accessibility for all persons.

The 23 member Council which represents a cross section of the various sporting discipline is the advisory body to the Government on matters related to sport. The Council will advise the Government on relevant aspects of sport development and coordinate sport activities; analyse the impact of government’s policy directives and assess through feedback mechanisms, the efficiency of policy initiatives.