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Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Gov't moves to implement National Social Mitigation Plan

(L-R) Permanent Secretary Jacinta Bailey-Sobers of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services with Hema Narinesingh and Cassandra Ramkerrysingh of Ernst and Young (Trinidad and Tobago)

(L-R) Permanent Secretary Jacinta Bailey-Sobers of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services with Hema Narinesingh and Cassandra Ramkerrysingh of Ernst and Young (Trinidad and Tobago)

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) has entered into a contract for the implementation of Phase one of the National Social Mitigation Plan for Trinidad and Tobago, with Ernst and Young.

The National Social Mitigation Plan (NSMP), which was approved by Cabinet in October 2017, was crafted as a direct response to the potential psychosocial, economic and social effects that were experienced by vulnerable households in 2015, when global energy prices plummeted to unprecedented levels.

The Ministry said its primary objectives and focus include strengthening the country’s social protection system, the promotion of community and civil society action against poverty, as well as, the growth of an enterprising and innovative
society.

It said the plan, which has as its theme, Building Resilience to Secure Our Nation, is viewed as timely and relevant in the context of the current pandemic and the transition to the recovery period.

The Social Development Ministry noted that the commencement of the consultant for the implementation of Phase one will serve to assist the Ministry to advance the major projects included in the plan.

It noted that prior to the consultancy, a number of key deliverables were achieved by the Ministry in support of a multi-dimensional approach to the implementation of Phase one.

Amongst these have been the appointment of the Inter-Sectoral Advisory and the Policy and Programmatic Oversight Committees for the implementation of the Plan.

Additionally, between August 30, 2019 and March 31, 2020, 29 community outreach exercises have been conducted by the MSDFS in collaboration with various other Ministries, State agencies, Non-governmental Organisations and Programmes.

Following the signing, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, Jacinta Bailey-Sobers, in response to a question about the relevance of the NSMP in a post COVID-19 environment, remarked that now more than ever, the Ministry has a commitment to ensure that the social well-being of the most vulnerable is given priority.

She further advised that the focus of the plan will now include retooling persons and building a culture of resilience particularly among vulnerable populations.

The Ministry said the focal areas were aligned to those identified in the Government’s National Recovery Plan.

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