A new agenda

Kellman wants new rural development model

Minister of Housing and Rural Development Denis Kellman wants a new agenda that will transform rural communities in the Caribbean and Central America.

Speaking this morning at the second regional expert group meeting in preparation for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat 111), Kellman said it was imperative that a new model was created to help reduce poverty in rural communities.

The expert group meeting brought together experts in housing and urban development to discuss the structure and possible content of the regional report on housing and sustainable urban development to be prepared for Habitat 111 in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.

The St Lucy MP noted that in 2010, 54 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban areas, and this was expected to rise to 64 per cent by 2050.

Kellman told his audience at the Courtyard By Marriott, Hastings, Christ Church that with rising urbanization there was displacement of families, overcrowding, unemployment, under-employment, increase in crime, development of more slums and additional pressure on health, education and other social services. And he called on policymakers to search for solutions.

He also exhorted the delegates, including persons representing Government, the private sector, civil society, academia and United Nations agencies, to ensure that their contributions address the region’s concerns. (NC)    

6 Responses to A new agenda

  1. jrsmith December 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Why is it , our Barbados politicians, cannot , effectively work in the interest of Barbados , but must always excuse they laziness by relating to the region. Its about time our , so call clever people wake up, from the dream that if its not regional its not going to work. The region is poor, most of it becoming more uneconomical, to develop .

    All we are hearing , is talk ,talk, we are now worrying about loosing out on Cuba, who’s lazy fault is that, after having a 45 year start on the US, my point , the Sargassum issue, what have our experts done , but here comes France a year later to reap what ever benefit they should be.

    For the region to work, we need our people to combine our brains, we need a strategic planning group , which would mobilize, itself , everyone with one accord, planning for the decade ahead, giving a ……….manifesto……. to work by. But we cant even play cricket together.

    To Barbados, we should be , now deploying around the region and other parts of the world ,the experience , the fact that we were way out in front when it comes to solar energy, no one should be giving us silly talk, to draw the Corporates in Barbados, with the new energy farce. who are only interested in making money for they share holders .

  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole December 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

    What nonsense. He refuses to solve the problems of Airy Hill which is a rural community that is in need of housing but wishes to solve the problems of the world. Home drums must beat first.

  3. Tony Webster December 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Hey guys…JRS &HC, you’re making the same mistake my younger brother recently pointed out to me, when I was complaining about a TV-8 “propaganda-cast”. He merely said, “Tony…you does still watch dat?”
    Our error…is simply that we take our “jokers”… too seriously! The only risk they take, is laughing themselves to death…while knocking-back the champers. The joke’s on us, folks.
    All we need…is to “save” these experiences….and to eschew the “delete”… and “forgive”…and the “forget” buttons….when the time of reckoning comes!

  4. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson December 15, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Heather Cole ,it’s D Kellman,you should know different, as far as Airy Hill is concerned he’s pushed that under the carpet hoping it will go away.

  5. Sue Donym December 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Is Barbados truly expected to gain from this regional consultation on specialised urban housing development? The effects of population and business shifts in Barbados have little similarity to those in much larger south American countries. Another jaunt that we’ll fund with no tangible benefits.

  6. jrsmith December 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Must further add , the forgetfulness of our , government after government of the day, totally ignoring our island’s infrastructure , and adding to this so call urban programmes. The best thing we have, happen to our region , we are not on a continent.


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