DfID Unveils New Aid Plan for Jamaica

The U.K. Department for International Development will help Jamaica boost employment, as well as its crime-fighting efforts and disaster preparedness, through the aid agency’s four-year plan for the Caribbean nation.

British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell on Feb. 11 unveiled the 75 million pounds (USD120 million) plan during his two-day visit to Jamaica.

The U.K. aid will benefit 50 volatile inner-city communities in Jamaica by improving access to basic services such as reliable water supply and garbage collection, and providing training and job opportunities.

The U.K. will also help to bolster the capacity of Jamaican law enforcement agencies engaged in seizing assets of organized criminals, as well as build disaster-resilient buildings and provide early warning systems, Jamaican paper The Gleaner reports.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.