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Lashley: Govt on point

Ricky Jordan

Lashley: Govt on point

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The development programmes currently being led and supported by Government show it has its priorities right even in tough economic times, says Minister of Youth, Family, Sport and Culture Stephen Lashley.
He told the Lower House on Monday that the $2.2 million which Government had allocated in the Estimates to finance the new track at the National Stadium was a classic example of Government’s focus.
“That is an indication of Government remaining focused on preparing our athletes for the Olympic Games in London,” he said.
Lashley also pointed to examples of such focus in the area of culture; including Government’s pushing ahead with UNESCO’s heritage designation of the Garrison and Bridgetown, and noted that he was optimistic such a designation would become official by June. Noting that development in the cultural sector was the key to creating new jobs for Barbadians, he added that Government was still looking at restoring the Empire Theatre.