The Ministry's priority policies/programmes/projects are being planned and developed with great consideration of the National Development Plan Vision 2030; Jamaica, Public Sector Master Rationalisation Plan recommended by the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU); Ministry Paper No 56 - Government at your Service: Public Sector Modernisation Vision and Strategy 2000 - 2012; Medium Term Economic Framework (MTEF); Medium Term Socio-Economic Framework — 2012 - 2015 (MTSEF); as well as a proposed Central Treasury Management System (CTMS). The strategic priorities of Government for 2015/2016 and the medium term include the following:
The Ministry of Youth and Culture are included in the priority highlighted above; with these in mind, the Ministry's policy priorities are:
- Fiscal Prudence and Pursuit of a Credible Macro-economic Programme;
- Economic Growth and Job Creation;
- Security and Justice;
- Human Capital Development;
- Social Inclusion and Protection; and
- Environmental and Climate Change Resilience.
- To improve the conditions for our children and adolescents, especially for those in need of care and protection
- To seek greater opportunities for the empowerment of our young people, especially in the face of youth unemployment and a commensurate broadening of the cohort of youth at risk.
- To enhance Brand Jamaica through the revision of the Cultural Policy and creation of a Cultural Industries framework for the enhancement of the economic contribution and the creative industries to the national economy.
- To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Ministry and its Agencies through the implementation of the Public Sector Modernization Strategies and Programme of the Government of Jamaica.
These priority policies will seek to:
- Protect all rights of the child and entrench laws into policies.
- Improve the physical state of our children's homes and promote training programmes which are geared towards better care, accountability and responsibility on the part of care-givers.
- Explore, negotiate and forge private/public partnerships with local and international organizations to invest in child development programmes and initiatives through providing technical and financial capital support.
- Strengthen the legislative and policy framework of the youth portfolio.
- Empower our youth through leadership, mentorship and volunteerism.
- Provide young people with the tools to be competitive both locally and globally.
- Provide alternative avenues for self-employment and financial independence for the youth and the population in general.
- Develop and update Jamaica's “National Cultural Policy” to ensure congruence & policy direction among the programmes of the various cultural agencies;
- Bolster national pride and patriotism.
- Promote Jamaica's international & transnational image including activities for the strengthening of Brand Jamaica;
- Advance our Jamaican culture as a driver of economic growth through the creative industries;
- Protect the intellectual property rights of players in the creative industry.
- Protect and preserve our Jamaican Heritage.
- Strengthen the process to identify, monitor, maintain and promote world heritage sites .
- Promote positive values and attitudes in our citizens.
- Strengthen the performance monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of the Ministry.
- Strengthen the policy arms of the Ministry.
- Develop/ improve the ICT infrastructure.
The expected desired organisational outcomes from the policy priorities are:
➮ Meet the standards of the International Conventions on the Rights of the Child;
➮ Reduction in the unemployment rates for youth;
➮ Creative/cultural industries providing significant contribution to GDP