20th May 2016
The visit on Tuesday May 24th is part of his country outreach, in keeping with the Citizen Engagement and Stakeholders Relations Strategy as outlined in the new vision for the Bank.
During his visit, Mr. Antoine will engage in discussions with the Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance Donaldson Romeo, Members of Cabinet, the Leader of the Opposition, and financial institutions.
Mr. Antoine will also hold talks with social Partners such businesses, labour unions, civil society and churches; and the media in Montserrat.
Among the issues that will be raised during the one day trip are the Montserrat Financial & Economic Scorecard, a strategy for de-risking and the CLICO/BAICO matter.
19th May 2016
The following press release was sent on 19th, May 2016 for distribution to the public:
GOVERNMENT HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND DMCA ATTEND CARIBBEAN OVERSEAS TERRITORIES DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE IN MIAMI
Tony Bates, UK Policy Adviser to the Governor and Head of the Governor’s office, and Billy Darroux, Director of the Disaster Management Co-ordination Agency, will attend the annual Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda disaster preparedness conference in Miami from 24 – 27 May. Martin Dawson, Head of DFID Montserrat, will also attend as part of DFID’s regional response capability. The first of these conferences was held in Montserrat in 2008 but the conference has been held in Miami for the last seven years.
The meeting brings together representatives of all the disaster management agencies and Governors’ offices from Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands. Representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy, regional response agencies (eg. CDEMA, PAHO), US Coast Guard, US Federal Emergency Management Agency and airlines will also attend. The attendance of Directors of Disaster Management is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. While the main focus of the meeting is to understand and agree preparedness and response mechanisms for the hurricane season, participants will also discuss other hazards facing the Overseas Territories, such as mass casualty events (maritime and aviation incidents). Regional and mutual assistance arrangements will also feature.
In advance of the meeting, Tony Bates said:
“This meeting is a vital part of Montserrat’s and the other Territories’ annual preparedness work. It’s an opportunity to co-ordinate with the UK Government and the Royal Navy on states of preparedness. It also allows us to hear about the regional and international response mechanisms, should Montserrat need any assistance post-disaster.”
Following the disaster management meeting there will be a two-day meeting of Heads of Governors’ offices, whose agenda will cover UK Government and Governors’ offices’ regional resilience and crisis management plans, capacity and capability building projects in good governance and safety and security, office management issues and public diplomacy work.
In case of questions, contact Tony Bates on 491 2688/9.
19 May 2016
19th May 2016
Leon Cuffy, of St Kitts and Nevis – a graduate of the ECCB Entrepreneurship course and Small Business Workshops speaks about his experience as a small business operator and how attending the courses has helped him to advance his business.
13th May 2016
On this episode of ECCB Connects, Senior Economist – Beverley Labadie explains how the work of the ECCB Economists impacts the lives of the people of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
12th May 2016
On May 3rd and 4th, the U.S.-Caribbean Central American Energy Summit was held in Washington, D.C. Representing Montserrat at this Summit was the Honourable Paul Lewis, Minister with responsibility for Energy.