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COMMONWEALTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT FORUM

issue 2/04

Promoting democratic local government

Sharing good practice

CONTENTS p2:Director’s introduction..Commonwealth news

p2:Caribbean Symposium

p4:what’s on

New vision for local government in the Caribbean

CLGF Business Plan 2004-05

CLGF Board members agreed the 2004-2005 CLGF Business Plan at their meeting in Kingston, Jamaica on 23 April 2004.

The plan outlines the key aims and activities under each of CLGF’s four core objectives: promoting democratic values and good governance; exchanging experience among local government practitioners; strengthening local government capacity; and, maintaining a

New networks, structures and support for local government in the Caribbean are to be set up and strengthened following a three-day Regional Symposium on Local Democracy and Good Governance in the Caribbean held in Montego Bay in April.

Commonwealth-wide government.

network

of

local

Copies of the plan will be sent to members with their 2004-05 subscription renewal reminders.

Delegates from ministries of local government, senior local government leaders and representatives of civil society agreed:

Call for bids for 2007 conference

to create a Caribbean Forum of Ministers responsible for decentralisation, local government, community development and citizens’ participation

to support the revitalisation and reconstruction of the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA)

to seek official recognition by OECS/CARICOM for these new structures to ensure that local government issues are properly reflected in their work

CLGF will shortly be inviting bids for the 2007 Commonwealth Local Government Conference whose theme is delivering development through local leadership. Invitations and bid criteria will be sent out to all CLGF members during July. Please contact Sue Rhodes or Lorna Nicholas on +44 (0)20 7934 9690 for further information.

Commonwealth Local Government Handbook 2004

a Montego Bay Action Plan to take

forward the recommendations.

symposium

Jamaica Minist

er Hon Portia

Simpson Miller was elected as Chair of the Caribbean Forum of Ministers to take forward this part of the recommendations, and Mayor David Fonseca of Belize was elected as chair of CALGA.

Delegates also confirmed the key role that the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) has in

CLGF Board members Hon Portia Simpson Mil with Dr Raymond Notice, Mayor of St Catherine,

representing the interests of local government in the Caribbean and in bringing together central and local government through its members to support local democracy and good governance and help access resources from Commonwealth and international agencies.

The symposium was organised by CLGF in conjunction with the Commonwealth Secretariat and hosted

ler (left) and Mayor Robert Montague (right) at the symposium

by the Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sports, Jamaica with support from the Commonwealth Foundation. The discussions and outcomes will feed into the 2005 Commonwealth Local Government Conference on Developing Local Democracy in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK on 15-17 March 2005.

further coverage of the conference inside

The latest edition of the Commonwealth Local Government Handbook was published in April 2004.

See back page for full details.

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