Fund closure hurts youth projects


A BARBADIAN COMMUNITY organization believes Government’s Social Investment Fund should have been expanded, but Cabinet minister Maxine McClean says it was closed after failing to function the way it should have.
This was the case yesterday at the closing ceremony of a business training exercise for the Pinelands Creative Workshop (PCW) when CEO Rodney Grant bemoaned Parliament’s decision to shut down the fund because he said the 32 graduates of the workshop now need that facility to put their entrepreneurial ideas to work.
In a collaborative effort between PCW and the Organisation of American States, the young people received five days of intense training on turning ideas into business ventures, facilitated by a team  of Israeli tutors.
Speaking at the closing ceremony in the UWI Open Campus in the Pine, Grant said that instead of terminating the fund, it should have been remodelled and expanded because it was still needed.(GA)


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