The Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) has been praised for strengthening local government authorities within the region.
That commendation came from the Minister for Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs, Lady Catherine Daniel during CALGA’s biennial conference at the of the Dominica Public Service Union building on Friday 7 October 2016.
CALGA, established in 1992, is a not for profit organization established to facilitate the further development of Local Government within the Caribbean region through volunteerism.
Its primary objective is to protect and advance the interest, rights and privileges of local government systems in the Caribbean and is headquartered in Trinidad.
The Dominica Association of Local Government Authorities (DALCA) is a member of the regional body. DALCA’s chairman, Yoland Jno Jules is the public relations officer of CALGA.
“Critical to the success of the functionality of these two organizations; DALCA and CALGA is the level of volunteerism which exists…because we cannot pay people for the type of service that they provide within these organizations,” Minister Daniel stated.
This, Minister Daniel acknowledged, can only come from dedication and commitment to serve, “a service which must be given with honesty and integrity; you have to have these qualities”.
“CALCA, I know, through its commitment has sought to strengthen local government authorities in the Caribbean region through various initiatives such as capacity building workshops, conferences and seminars, for local government practitioners and Dominica has been a beneficiary of these initiatives, and I wish to register government’s gratitude and appreciation for your service. Thank you so much for your commitment,” Minister Daniel stated.
The two-day meeting was held to provide an opportunity for local government practitioners around Dominica to dialogue face to face with DALCA officials and establish a closer working relationship between DALCA and CALGA on the one hand and the Dominica government and CALGA on the other hand.
“Village council chairmen, those who are here, please take every opportunity to find from your counterparts, Caribbean counterparts, the best practices that they have, projects that you have, if you can wait with them and see the way forward so that your council becomes viable institutions for the country,” Minister Daniel noted.
CALGA’s membership comprises mainly of national local government associations, local authorities and ministries responsible for local government where there are no national associations.