The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs consists of the following Divisions, each of which is managed by a Divisional Head. They are:
Administration Division is that arm of the Ministry that manages its administrative functions. The head of this Division is the Permanent Secretary who is assisted by the Senior Administrative Officer. The Senior Administrative Officer provides backup to the Permanent Secretary and is responsible for all personnel affairs.
Administration is made up of a number of Sub Divisions:
- Accounts/Executive Officer
- Carriacou Multi-Purpose Centre
- Public Relations Officer
- Security Service
- Vendors Market
- Public Toilet
The Division also provides Administrative Support for Programmes and Projects for the entire Ministry.
DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE
A diverse division that oversees the management and delivery of a range of directly or closely related services to the agricultural sector, including forestry and fisheries services. It is the largest division of the ministry, for which the primary objective is to ensure a vibrant Agriculture Sector in Carriacou and Petite Martinique by providing quality services to farmers and other stakeholders. The Ministry Provides:
- Technical and other support services to Farmers and Fishermen;
- Agricultural and Fisheries Extension, Veterinary and Livestock Services;
- Forestry Services, Pest management and Plant Quarantine;
- Service for Land Matters and Fisheries;
- Tractor Machinery Service;
- Support for the Maintenance of Ponds, Wells, and other Water Sources;
- Land Management and Distribution Service;
- Facilitation of relevant celebrations:
- Support to the Fishermen Birthday Organization for the staging of the Celebration
- Support to the Farmers Association for the staging of World Food Day Celebration
PUBLIC WORKS DIVISION
This Division is responsible for the Infrastructural Development of the Islands. It exists to ensure continued improvement and support in the following areas:
- The Construction of Concrete Roads and Drains;
- Resurfacing of Asphalted Roads
- Island wide cleaning of drains;
- Drainage, Graveling, Compacting of roadways and accesses as temporary measures of upgrading;
- Bush Cleaning along roadways and Public accesses to promote safety for Commuters and to mitigate the impact of Disasters;
- Supervise the Construction and upgrading of Government Buildings;
- Spearhead the protection of Government Buildings during Hurricanes;
- Identify Infrastructural development needs and makes recommendation to the Permanent Secretary;
- Provide support to other Government Departments on Carriacou and Petite Martinique with Equipment Services;
- Work with the Private Sector/General Public on the Execution of Projects which are likely to impact on Public Facilities, e.g. Erection of retaining walls, crossings, culverts, etc.;
- Enhance road safety through the erection of guard rails
The Social Development Division of the Ministry is subdivided into:
The Division aims to serve the Community of Carriacou and Petit Martinique placing emphasis on the vulnerable, physically challenged, elderly and children in order to provide and deliver services required to enhance the quality of life for every citizen in the Community.
The Division is expected to conduct the following:
- Collect data on existing Social and Economic Conditions in Communities throughout Carriacou and Petit Martinique;
- Assist the Physically Challenged and Senior Citizens;
- Educate the General Public on aspects of family life and to foster positive relationship among young people and families.
The two main objectives of the Division are:
- Looking after the welfare of the Geriatrics and Children as it relates to their specific needs and conditions;
- Provide a Social Safety net for persons living under the poverty line in Carriacou and Petit Martinique;
Services Offered within the Division of Social Services are:
- Public Assistance Programme to Senior Citizens
- Burial Assistance Programme
- Osprey Lines tickets for travelling to Grenada from Carriacou and Grenada to Carriacou
- Necessitous Programme
- Celebration of Centurions birthday;
- Children Assistance Programme to needy families
- Transportation Assistance for Secondary School Children Travelling to and from Petite Martinique;
- Assistance for Medical Treatment Overseas;
- Day Care Services to the General Public;
The Day Care Service is quite affordable to all the Beneficiaries who pay a monthly fee of $50 EC.
A hot meal is provided daily for the children at the Centre. In addition they are trained academically in preparation for the Pre Primary School life.
GENDER AND FAMILY AFFAIRS
The Objective of the Gender and Family Affairs Office is as follow:
- Educate, empower and enhance the job performance of Domestic Workers;
- To provide structures to educate and effectively address issues of Domestic Violence and other forms of abuse;
- To commemorate relevant international events at the National level for education and social upliftment;
- To provide opportunity for skills training to enhance job performance, create more employable citizens as well as self employment;
- To provide opportunities for men in order to assist in bridging the Gender Gap in the Society.
The Key Functions at the Multi-Purpose Centre are as follows:
- Provide help to the Public of Carriacou and Petit Martinique through use of the internet café;
- To obtain needed information in order to successfully carry out daily activities;
- Provision of a conference room for meetings and workshop;
- Photocopying, printing, scanning and most crucial, Customer Assistance with researches on the internet.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, SPORTS, CULTURE & THE ARTS DIVISION
To provide opportunities for the advancement, empowerment and development of our human resource in sports; and to empower our youth for life and nation building.
To be the lead agent that provides for the holistic development of our people through youth empowerment and sports.
Division of Sports
The Division of Sports in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique Affairs is the Division that deals with all Sporting Activities for Carriacou and Petit Martinique. The aim of the Division is to work along with Schools, Village Groups, Sports Clubs, Parent Teachers Association and other Sporting Organizations that request the Divisions assistance from time to time.
In addition to this, the Division plans its own Competitions for schools and does this with the support of the Grenada Union of Teachers Sports Committee in Carriacou. The Division also ensures that Sporting Facilities are well prepared for sporting activities. This is made possible with efficient ground staff.
The Division also deals with Capital Projects pertaining to sports such as Bleachers Projects, Hard Court, Toilet and Shower, Lighting of Playing Facilities, etc. The Objectives are met due to the proper Budgetary Planning and Execution by the Division annually.
Division of Youth Development
The main functions of the Division of Youth Development are:
- Planning, implementing, managing, assessing and monitoring youth development procedures;
- Fostering youth involvement in development processes;
- Coordinating and monitoring youth-led enterprises;
- Developing and facilitating leadership, entrepreneurship and life skills training.
- To support the youth for empowerment and profitable employment by means of incentive, training and other supportive means;
- To organize young people through youth organizations, non-governmental organizations and motivate them to participate in community development activities;
- Promoting the formation of youth organizations at all possible levels;
- To engage the youth in socio-economic development activities such as literacy programme, disaster management, environment conservation and health issues such as protection of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse;
- To involve the youth in the heart of the national development process;
- To rehabilitate the delinquent, disorderly and idle youth into a structured, disciplined and dynamic youth force by providing vocational/skills development opportunities for their gainful employment;
- To offer young people the chance to acquire practical work skills, learn new life skills and gain confidence and new strengths.
Division of Culture
The Division of Culture & the Arts has, over the years, evolved to better serve the community and to meet the growing demand of development nationwide. Its primary goal has been to provide technical support in the areas of the performing arts, music, theatre and dance, but in recent years there has been a need to refocus into the broader context of culture. This meant that the Division had to prepare a plan and give a sense of direction to Government on the role culture can play in the overall development, keeping in mind the existing human resources capacity and what was needed. This resulted in the design and development of a National Cultural Policy which was endorsed by Cabinet in 2013.
The National Cultural Policy has now become the platform for the development processes undertaken by the Ministry with particular focus on enhancing the capacity for alternative employment, careers and revenue streams.
To enhance the unique, Grenadian tangible and intangible, cultural heritage through development, promotion and preservation programs and policies.
To become the leading providers of Cultural education and opportunities in Grenada.
Description & Organisational Structure
The Division of Culture & the Arts has various units which encompass a Drama, Dance, Music, and an Administration; with a total of 13 persons. In addition, the Division works with seven agencies namely, Grenada Cultural Foundation, SpiceMas Corporation, National Celebrations Committee, Parish Development Committee, Grenada National Museum, Grenada Film Commission and The Grenada National Trust.
The main objectives of the Division are as follows:
- To ensure that our product offerings are elevated and maintained at a very high and acceptable standard.
- Establish comprehensive policy frameworks to guide and facilitate the operations of all related stakeholders within the sectors.
- To maximize the economic potential of our festival and celebrations products.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY UNIT
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Unit was established within the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs as a central internal agency for the management of local computing services. The Unit is responsible for the planning of ICT services to support improved productivity of the Ministry; the acquisition, deployment and maintenance of hardware and software systems to facilitate computer-based work activities; and the security of government information.
The ICT Unit also operates two computerized, multi-function resource facilities that provide services to the public - the Carriacou Multi-Purpose Centre (CMPC) and Petite Martinique ICT Centre (PMICTC).
Carriacou Multi-Purpose Centre
The CMPC has been serving the local communities since 2006 and runs a computer lab/cafe with 21 computers (20 client cafe workstations and 1 café server machine). The Carriacou facility includes a small conference room, and also houses the local community library on the ground floor. A wide variety of meetings are held at our facilities, and increasing we are shifting towards the provision of services for web-based meetings.
Petite Martinique ICT Centre
The smaller GREP-funded facility opened its doors to the Petite Martinique community in 2010 and operates 10 client machines and 1 café server. This centre operates only a computer lab.
The main functions of both facilities are:
- Internet Café (access to computing and Internet services)
- Print Centre
- Training Facility
- Meeting Room
The computer labs are used by students, teachers and the general public of the islands for doing research, school work, reading and sending email; on-demand printing, scanning and photocopying; and basic computer training, among other purposes. All services are deeply subsidized by the government, as the objective is to provide computer related services to the local public at much affordable costs.
These facilities put computing services within the reach of persons who may not otherwise be able to afford it. They are extremely beneficial to our young people, especially those who do not have computer and/or Internet access at home, to complete school assignments including general school projects, CXC school-based assessments (SBA’s) and research. For students and teachers, it is an essential complement for the limited computer usage available at the schools.
The centres also conduct short training courses and programs for both children and adults in different areas of computer and information technology, which are intended to equip persons with foundation skills in the use of technology. These programs are conducted at select times of the year, particularly during school vacation periods and cover a range of topics including word processing and desktop processing, image manipulation and graphic design, basic video editing, introduction to animation, introduction to programming, and 3D design.