`We want our Ministry to be a model' - Minister Rodrigues
Guyana Chronicle
May 6, 2004

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(GINA) - MINISTER of Amerindian Affairs, Ms. Carolyn Rodrigues at the opening session of a Results Based Management (RBM) training programme Tuesday, said that her Ministry is implementing various programmes to serve as a model for other Ministries of Government.

The training sessions, mainly for Amerindian Community Development Officers and staff members of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, began at the Office of the CHF partners in Rural Development. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is funding the programme.

"We're investing in you because we intend to build your capacity," Minister Rodrigues told the trainees.

Munish Persaud, Coordinator of the programme, which is titled BCCP 2 (Building Community Capacity Project, Phase 2), said that the emphasis of the programme is to foster collaboration between the government and other stakeholders for the reduction of poverty in Guyana.

Another aim of BCCP 2 is to build the capacity of rural and hinterland Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to deliver poverty reduction programmes which are compatible with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.

Participants are to be trained in areas including how to generate baseline data for use in monitoring and how to plan with monitoring and evaluation in mind.

Minister Rodrigues noted too, that other training programmes are underway including one in which The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission is training members of various Amerindian communities to become Mines Officers.

The Minister contended that it is the first time in the history of the country that efforts are being made from the highest level to constantly generate employment opportunities for people in indigenous communities.