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  • ZJB Evening News for Thursday May 28, 2015

    28th May 2015

    In Today’s News Headlines:

     

    Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister with responsibility for Youth Affairs is making a strong case for a renewed focus on youth development.
    Delmaude Ryan is pushing for stronger youth policies to be enshrined in law on island for posterity.
    In an interview with ZJB News, Mrs. Ryan says once this is done and those policies are cascaded downwards, the implementation process would be easier and more effective.

     

     

     

    Claude_Hogan_2014_02The Honourable Minister with responsibility for Trade Claude Hogan has been providing feedback on a meeting on Thursday to discuss core issues affecting OECS Trade performance.
    The 2nd meeting of OECS Council of Ministers on Trade matters took place via web conferencing.
    Minister Hogan who welcomed the meeting via web conferencing said they were able to make some progress, particularly on the implementation of article 164 of the revised of treaty of Chaguaramas.
    Mr. Hogan says the OECS Council of Ministers on Trade put forward several recommendations on article 164 of the revised of treaty of Chaguaramas, which he says will go back to COTED point to what the OECS territories prefer.

     

    Venita_Cabey_-_BOMThe Chairman of the Bank of Montserrat Limited says in spite of the unpredictable economic climate, the indigenous financial institution was able to record some measurable achievements.
    Speaking during the bank’s 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, Wednesday evening, Venita Cabey, said although fiscal year 2013/14 was a challenging one, the bank was able to operate with a high-level of prudence.
    She said the performance of the bank was even more noteworthy, since on a global level, major nations like Russia, China and the United States reported reduced economic activity.
    She explained that Montserrat and the rest of the Caribbean were not immune to the fiscal imbalances, but was able to survive any major fall out.

     

  • ZJB Evening News for Wednesday May 27, 2015

    28th May 2015

    In Today’s News Headlines:

    Montserrat’s leader of Government Business has been explaining his absence from Tuesday’s sitting of the Legislative Assembly.
    Premier the Honourable Donaldson Romeo missed the meeting because of his engagements with members of the Montserrat Diaspora in Canada.
    He says his trip to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal is part of efforts by his government to consult Montserratians overseas on the development of the island.
    He said that was only the second time in his career as a parliamentarian that he missed a meeting of the assembly.

     

    A German-born energy specialist is helping the government of Montserrat to review and update its energy policy.
    Thomas Shutzlick has been contracted by the German Project Renewable Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) to provided advisory service to the government of Montserrat in the energy sector.
    REETA is a project between the German Government and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
    Mr. Shutzick’s work here on Montserrat is being undertaken in line with CARICOM’s regional energy policy.

     

    Hon. Leader of the Opposition Reuben T Meade (standing)A former government leader here has warned that Montserrat cannot afford to lose its influence within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
    The Honourable leader of the Opposition Reuben Meade issued the warning on Tuesday during a sitting of the Legislative Assembly.
    Mr. Meade, who led Montserrat’s accession to the OECS economic union in 2014, has been lamenting the fact the Montserrat has not attended critical sub-regional meetings.
    Speaking on the amendment to the OECS treaty, the former premier raised the issue of non-compliance to treaty obligations by a neighboring island as it relates to sand imports from Montserrat.

  • ZJB Evening News for Tuesday May 26, 2015

    26th May 2015

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    hoganThe Legislative Assembly would have a say in laws pertaining to the Revised treaty of Basseterre OECS Economic Union.
    The Assembly on Tuesday passed an amendment to the treaty.
    Therefore, acts, regulations and orders of the OECS or the Council of Ministers would have to be enacted by the Legislative Assembly before they become law in Montserrat.
    The Honourable Minister of Agriculture Claude Hogan, who introduced the amendment said no legislative competence would be accorded to the OECS to legislate for Montserrat.
    The Honourable minister of Communications, Works and Labour Paul Lewis said this would allow for consultations to take place before any laws pertaining to the Economic Union could come into force.

     

    Delmaude RyanThe Legislative Assembly has adopted a resolution paving the way for the official observance of the 20th anniversary of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano.
    The Honourable deputy Premier Delmaude Ryan moved the resolution on behalf of the Premier, who is on overseas duty.
    The resolution speaks to the impact of the eruption in 1995 which resulted in the loss of 19 lives, and has disrupted the lives of Montserratians making two thirds of the island uninhabitable.
    It also mentions the resilience of the people of Montserrat and its resolve to rebuild the island with assistance from the British Government and other partners.

     

    Martin DawsonA leading DFID official here says the opportunity now exists for Montserrat to rebalance its thinking away from development solely in the Little Bay/Carr’s Bay area.
    DFID’s Resident Representative Martin Dawson says with the winding up of the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) his organization is working along with the government of Montserrat on a sustainable strategy to stimulate private sector and small business development, growth and investment.
    Mr. Dawson states that the idea is now on a much broader scale where it must be seen as trade and investment and tourism development for Montserrat.

  • ZJB Evening News for Friday May 22, 2015

    26th May 2015

    In Today’s News Headlines:

     

    Honourable Premier, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Donaldson Romeo

    Honourable Premier, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Donaldson Romeo

    Montserrat’s leader says the recent articles in the British media about the misuse of tax payers money in Montserrat will help shine light on how British aid money has been spent here.
    The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo says although it has been reported that 400 million pounds have been granted to Montserrat over the past 20 years, there is no breakdown available on how the funds were invested.
    He told ZJB news before his visit to Canada this week that with all the aid money being purportedly spent, Montserrat still does not have key infrastructure in place such as a proper port.

     

     

    Martin DawsonThere appears to be light at the end of the tunnel as it relates to the approval of a number of infrastructural and maintenance projects.
    DFID’s Resident Representative on Island, Martin Dawson, says the business case is expected to be signed off in short order to clear the way for the roll out of these projects which will stimulate economic activity here.
    The estimated amount in projects is $21-million.

     

    Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and Environment, Claude Hogan

    Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and Environment, Claude Hogan

    The Government of Montserrat will be implementing several initiatives to provide affordable housing for residents here as well as Montserratians in the Diaspora who may wish to return home to live.
    The Honourable Minister with responsibility for Housing Claude Hogan says the government will be creating the environment in which the private sector is allowed to finance, build and sell houses.
    Mr. Hogan says in addition, the Ministry of Housing is hoping to enter into arrangements with private banks to finance serviced lots for persons who want to make their own housing arrangements.
    Other housing initiatives to come on stream include mortgage financing; Government financed soft mortgage scheme, affordable home buy and a home mortgage scheme.

  • ZJB Evening News for Thursday May 21, 2015

    21st May 2015

    In Today’s News Headlines:

    An innovative programme will be launched here to help the island’s youth obtain employment and become self-sufficient.
    The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary Gregory Willock says the “apprenticeship programme” is targeting 15 young persons at the pilot phase.
    He says the programme, which will run for a period of one year, will specialize in the manufacturing of food and beverage products.
    Mr. Willock  says local resource persons are being targeted to assist with the apprenticeship programme.

     

     

    Delmaude RyanPlanning for the youth must be a new paradigm shift that should take on new meaning and focus going into the future.
    This is the view that has been shared by the Honourable Minister with responsibility for youth Affairs, Delmaude Ryan.
    Following her attendance at a recent youth forum in neighbouring Antigua, Mrs. Ryan highlighted that one of the key outcomes was a push across the region to have entrepreneurship introduced as a crucial subject area on the schools’ curricula.

     

    Adrian DavisHis Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis has announced that persons in public life have started to make their returns to the Integrity Commission.
    Mr. Davis says although he doesn’t know what the analysis of those reports will be, he is heartened by the effort that has been made.
    He’s  however, concerned that a small percentage of the targeted individuals have not yet made their submissions to the Commission.

     

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