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  • OPENING OF PARLIAMENTARY YEAR SET FOR OCTOBER 23 – NICOLE DUBERRY NAMED AS PARLIAMENTARY ADDRESS HONOUREE

    17th October 2018

    PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
     

    The Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly (MLA) is pleased to inform the people of Montserrat that the Parliamentary Year 2018-2019 will be formally opened on Tuesday, October 23rd in the Sir George Martin Auditorium at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
     

    A formal Opening Ceremony was instituted at the start of the 2016-2017 Parliamentary Year by Speaker Shirley Osborne and has since been improved upon with the input and suggestions of Montserratians from all walks of life. This year, therefore, as with the tradition that has been developing over the last three years, the Opening Ceremony will commence at 9:00 a.m. with the Montserrat Anthem and one Montserratian citizen will have the honour of addressing the members of the Legislative Assembly, from within the House.
     

    This particular aspect of the Opening Ceremony is a particularly significant segment of the Opening Ceremony and one dear to my heart, said Speaker Osborne. Montserratians have made it clear that they wish to create their own traditions that come out of their own experiences, so whereas other jurisdictions present a Throne Speech at their Opening Ceremony, we in Montserrat have chosen to annually honour one member of the Montserratian public with the opportunity to address our Parliamentarians directly, formally and from within.
     

    Speaker Osborne said, “I am delighted to announce that the Parliamentary Address Honouree this year will be Ms. Nicole Duberry, Public Servant, entrepreneur, returning Montserratian, young Montserratian and Montserratian woman. Madam Clerk Baker and I are proud that Nicole has accepted the honour. She was selected because she is a wonderful example of the industry, creativity and commitment to personal and national advancement that makes us all proud to be Montserratian.
     

    “Madam Clerk and I believe that the country is better served, stronger and infinitely more successful at every level to the extent that citizens are included, engaged and made part of the processed of governance and democracy. We believe that nourishing our pride in being Montserratian, reinforcing our confidence in our highest institutions and strengthening our common commitment to the advancement of our people is a core function of government and of our foundational institution, which is our Parliament. We at the Office of the Legislature are honoured to serve, committed to inclusion and proud to add to the uplift of our island, and initiatives such as these make us very happy indeed,” stated Speaker Osborne.
     

    Speaker Osborne is looking forward to hosting a full house at the Opening Ceremony of the Parliamentary year 2018-2019.

     
    Speaker Osborne further invites residents and citizens of all ages and persuasions to feel free to contact her Office with any related concerns, ideas or suggestions and reminds everyone that the increased engagement and participation of the citizens is critical to the processes of governing of Montserrat, to democracy and transparency, and for the right development of our island and peoples.

     

  • REGIONAL STATISTICS MEETINGS TO CONVENE ON MONTSERRAT TOMORROW

    17th October 2018

    The Statistics Department of Montserrat (SDM) is finalising its preparations to host four regional statistics meetings, slated to begin this week.
     

    Statisticians from several Caribbean islands to include Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Grenada, The ABC islands-Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, along with representatives from donor partners to include, the European Union, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Statistics Canada, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will start arriving on island on Wednesday, October 17 for a series of meetings.

     
    The ‘Twenty-Third Meeting of the CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics’; the ‘Forty-Third Meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS); The Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee (RCCC) and the Eleventh Regional Statistical Research Seminar’, will be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay. The meetings will be held successively from Thursday, October 18 to Friday, October 26.

     
    The ‘Twenty-Third Meeting of the CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics’, which is a closed group meeting will convene from October 18 to 20, and the recommendations from this meeting will be presented to the ‘Forty-Third Meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS)’, which will begin on October 22 to 24 and followed by the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee (RCCC) and the Eleventh Regional Statistical Research Seminar’.

     
    An official Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, October 22 starting at 9:00a.m. The ceremony will feature remarks and addresses by Government Officials, Head of Statistics of the SDM, Mr. Sylvan Roberts and the Project Director, Regional Statistics, Dr. Philomen Harrison.

     
    Head of Statistics of the SDM, Mr. Sylvan Roberts said Montserrat’s ability to host these regional meetings this year is significant, not only for the benefit of the Statisticians on island who would be able to network and share ideas with regional counterparts, but also for the wider economy, as more than 30 persons are expected on island.

     
    Mr. Roberts further noted that the last regional statistics meeting to be held in Montserrat was the Eleventh Meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) in 1986 (32 years ago). “The fact that Montserrat can now host the SCCS and the other meetings is a positive indication of the advances made to redevelop the island following the volcanic crisis which began in the 90’s,” expressed Mr. Roberts.

     
    The standing committee was established in 1973 initially to monitor and measure intraregional trade within CARICOM and trade between CARICOM countries and the rest of the world through the generation of timely and reliable Trade Statistics. The SCCS meets annually to assess the status of Member States (MS) in capacity development in these efforts; exchange methods and ideas used by the various MS and to approach development agencies as a united group to leverage funding support for Statistics development.

     
    The meetings are being organised in association with CARICOM.
     

  • GOVERNMENT OF MONTSERRAT CONGRATULATES MONTSERRAT’S FOOTBALL TEAM ON SUNDAY’S WIN

    16th October 2018

    On behalf of the Government and People of Montserrat, Premier, the honourable Donaldson Romeo congratulates the Montserrat Football Team-‘Emerald Boys’ for their victory on Sunday.
     

    Premier-Honourable Donaldson Romeo

    Premier’s message is as follows:
     

    “It is with excitement and a sense of pride that I, on behalf of the Government and People of Montserrat, extend congratulations to the ‘Emerald Boys’ footballers for their dedication and drive, which led them to a 1-0 victory against Belize on Sunday, October 14, at the Blakes Football Field, in match 2 of the CONCACAF Nations League.
     

    I watched with great delight at the demonstration of team work throughout the match, which culminated with Spencer Weir scoring after 73 minutes. My appreciation is also extended to the Team Officials, who would have no doubt provided the necessary support to our players.
     

    The Montserrat Football Association Inc. must also be commended for their hard work in ensuring that this and other football matches are played on such immaculate grounds. Clearly, a lot of work took place in the background to finalise the logistical and other arrangements, which were necessary for Montserrat to host the CONCACAF Nations League.
     

    I also want to specifically say thanks and congratulations to the President of the Montserrat Football Association, Mr. Vincent Cassell; he has done a great job and we are proud of them all.
     

    Montserrat’s momentum and commitment to sports over the past few months has been a high point for us all, and one which we hope will continue throughout the remainder of this year and in years to come.”
     

  • WORLD STANDARDS DAY STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF TRADE-HONOURABLE DAVID OSBORNE

    16th October 2018

    Honourable David Osborne

     
    Today, we join with the rest of the world in the annual celebration of World Standards Day – October 14, 2018. On this day, we seek to raise awareness among consumers, regulators and industry as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.
     

    Each year, the members of the International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide, who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. The Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) through its Trade Division joins in this drive to raise awareness.
     

    This year, the day is celebrated under the theme: “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. The Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to the evolving technologies, which are concealing the traditional boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds. This increased connectivity of people and things will impact the way we produce, trade and communicate.
     

    To commemorate the day, the Trade and Quality Infrastructure Division within MATLHE have generated some promotional tips featuring regional approved standards within the agro-processing industry, small business and tourism sectors. These tips have been designed to educate both the suppliers of goods and services, as well as, consumers, and will be featured throughout the day on local radio station, ZJB. Our efforts to promote these standards are dedicated to advancing our ability to penetrate niche export markets with products that are made in Montserrat. To do this, we must be competitive! Our image and brand must have global appeal!
     

    Standards are imperative as they provide us all with a certain level of quality expectation when we purchase an item, and indeed as the British Standards Institute puts it, standards are “put in place to provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product and a service”. When applied, standards are powerful tools that can help drive innovation and increase productivity. They also improve organizational effectiveness and make people’s everyday lives easier, safer and healthier.
     

    Our commitment to promoting these standards is premised on the recognition that we will be better placed to take advantage of the opportunities for local, regional and international trade, when we meet technical product specifications and international/national quality and food security/safety requirements. So, we encourage you to seize the opportunity to become aware of local, regional and internationally recognized standards and strive for conformity.
     

    Happy World Standards Day!
     

  • ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORK IN VIRGIN ISLAND AND OTHER COMMUNITIES NEARING COMPLETION

    8th October 2018

    The Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour has reported steady progress on the road improvement works in Virgin Island, and other communities, as part of the Ministry’s mandate to provide safe access for residents.
     

    In an interview with the Government Information Unit (GIU) at the newly constructed road in Virgin Islands, Minister of Works, the Honourable Paul Lewis and the Ministry’s Civil Engineer, Rawlson Patterson provided an update on the road improvement works there and in other areas.

     

    Section of road in Virgin Island with retaining wall area on the left side

     
    The newly surfaced road is located in the lower area of Virgin Island and is in keeping with the Government of Montserrat’s priority agenda to provide safe access to residents. Minister Lewis said as part of the maintenance and rehabilitation of the road network, the Ministry visits all communities to identify some of the most critical areas and to inform their decision making process. He explained that there was a lack of proper road access in lower Virgin Island before, which made it very difficult for residents to get to their homes.

     
    The Virgin Island road project started earlier this year and is over 100 meters of road and drainage works. The Ministry’s Chief Engineer, Rawlson Patterson said 5 contractors and an estimated twenty-five persons were employed under the project.

     
    He said the outstanding work, which will include the construction of a retaining wall is expected to be completed by the end of this year and any other residual work will be completed in early 2019. Mr. Patterson noted that the Ministry is in the process of completing procurement documents to begin the tendering process for the retaining wall construction.

     
    In addition, the Ministry also provided an update on the road improvement works taking place in other communities.

     
    The Ministry said it has started work to improve the original portion of road in Friths, which involves the completion of approximately 60 meters of concrete road. So far, the Ministry has started drainage work in that community and has also expanded the road there.

     
    Work in the Judy Piece community is also ongoing and nearing completion. The Ministry has reported that their team is currently working on the final portion of road surfacing in Judy Piece; following which, the final aspect of this project will be the construction of retaining walls.

     
    The wing walls for the Barzey’s bridge is currently being worked on, and once completed the final piece of road and drainage work in that area will be undertaken. The completion of this work in the Barzey’s area will allow the Ministry to conduct work on the Carr’s Bay bridge. Utility companies were this week making temporary preparatory provisions for work on the Carr’s Bay Bridge.

     
    The Ministry anticipates that work in Virgin Island, Friths, Judy Piece and Barzey’s will be completed by the end of this year.
     

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