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  • GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ACCEPTING BANK OF MONTSERRAT DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS

    17th August 2018

    Following the recent launch of Bank of Montserrat debit cards for use with point-of-sale (POS) terminals, the Government of Montserrat through the Treasury Department, is informing the public that Bank of Montserrat issued debit cards are being accepted at revenue collection points with POS Terminals.

     

    Customers at Government revenue collection points which use POS Terminals, such as the Treasury Department, Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour, Customs Airport and Seaport and the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS), now have a choice of paying using their Visa or Mastercard Credit Card, Cash or Cheque and Bank of Montserrat debit card only.

     

    The acceptance of Bank of Montserrat Debit Cards follows the recent introduction of POS Terminals in Government Departments which serve to facilitate e-commerce payments, thereby reducing the amount of cash being collected or handled at various revenue collection points.

     

    While this new service is expected to speed up the time it takes to complete transactions, the public is asked to note that the following procedures will have to be followed:

       

    1. The cardholder must provide a valid picture identification (ID), such as passport, driver’s license or social security card.
    2. Sign the POS receipt.
    3. Collect POS receipt from cashier

     

    The POS Terminals were introduced in government departments on Monday, April 30th in keeping with the Government of Montserrat’s drive to improve its services to customers, reduce regulatory compliance costs and remove barriers to trade.

     

    The Treasury Department said it continues to partner with the Bank of Montserrat Ltd as it aims to increase the payment options available to customers, thereby improving the overall customer service to the general public.
     

  • MATLHE & WAITT INSTITUTE PRESENT FISHING EQUIPMENT TO SEVEN FISHERMEN

    15th August 2018

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) and the WAITT Institute today (Wednesday, August 15) presented fishing equipment to seven fishermen, as part of their efforts to contribute to sustainable fishing practices on island.

     

    Group Photo of Fishermen, Permanent Secretary (Ag), Eulyn Greaves, WAITT Institute Representative Robin Ramdeen and Director of Agriculture, Melissa O’Garro.


     

    The presentation was conducted at the MATLHE Headquarters in Brades. The fishermen received one roll of fish pot wire, three coils of half inch rope and 15 buoys.
     

    Speaking at the presentation, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (Ag), Eulyn Silcott-Greaves noted that the distribution represented another milestone for the Ministry. She said, the Minister of MATLHE, the Honourable David Osborne and the Ministry, remains fully committed to promoting sustainable livelihoods and ensuring food security on Montserrat. “One of the ways we are doing that is by providing incentives to our farmers and fishers so as to promote local food production, and so it is our delight to be a part of this initiative in partnership with the WAITT Institute, explained Mrs. Greaves.

     
    The funding for the equipment was provided by the WAITT Institute.
     

    WAITT Institute/Blue Halo representative, Robin Ramdeen in her remarks, recommended that the fishermen incorporate a biodegradable item in their fish traps, to reduce the likelihood of ghost fishing. She said, “One of the things we want to recommend to fishers receiving these trap materials, is to include biodegradable hemp twine on at least one of the panels, so when traps get lost they do not continue to fish.”

     
    The hemp twine was not available for the donation this morning, however Ms. Ramdeen gave her commitment to providing the hemp twine to the Ministry for distribution to the fishermen at a later date.
     

    Today’s donation is a part of the ongoing partnership between the Government of Montserrat and the WAITT Institute/Blue Halo Initiative to promote coastal and maritime preservation and fisheries management.
     

  • MONTSERRAT INNOVATION DAYS TO OPEN THIS WEEK

    14th August 2018

    The linkages between innovation and sustainable development will be the focus of discussions on Montserrat for the ‘2018 Innovation Days’, being organised by the Government of Montserrat with support from the local Innovation Advisory Board.
     

    The ‘Innovation Days’ are scheduled for Thursday August 16 and Friday August 17 at the Montserrat National Trust starting at 9:00a.m. on both days. The event will be launched on Thursday morning by Premier, the Honourable Donaldson Romeo who will deliver opening remarks. Other speakers scheduled to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony include Government of Montserrat’s UK Representative and Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Innovation, Mrs. Janice Panton, and Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck.

     
    The Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader and the local Innovation Advisory Board explained that the ‘Innovation Days’ are intended to assist in enhancing sustainable development through innovation solutions for economic diversification. The event targets both local public and private stakeholders, encouraging exchanges of relevant knowledge and best available practice in different aspects of sustainable development of the island.

     
    During the sessions, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, will lead a group of EU experts who will provide some lectures and transfer of knowledge on the best EU practices to Montserrat. Milan in particular will share his knowledge and experience in innovation and sustainable development; Innovation, entrepreneurship and green business expert from Trinidad and Tobago, Alan Cooper, will share his knowledge and regional experience in policy support for innovation, entrepreneurship and green business development; while development and tourism expert James McGregor, will bring the best worldwide practice and experience in visitor economy. Some members of the local Innovation Advisory Board will also deliver presentations based on their areas of specialisation.

     

    In addition to the Innovation Days on August 16 and 17, a round-table discussion on the ‘Creative Industry’ is also being planned for Monday, August 20 starting at 9:00a.m. at the Cabinet Secretariat’s Conference Room.

     
    The OCTA Innovation programme assists Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in propelling innovation and creativity through the organisation of local ‘Innovation Days’. Innovation Days are events held in the OCTs, ranging from one day up to several days, with support from the Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader, and features lectures and trainings from experts.
     

  • MONTSERRAT SIGNS MOU WITH ANTIGUA TO PROMOTE ECO-TOURS TO MONTSERRAT

    1st August 2018

    The Governments of Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to include passenger eco-excursions to Montserrat, as part of the list of activities offered to cruise line clients who visit Antigua.

     

    Signing of MOU To Promote Eco Tours To Montserrat

     
    The MOU was signed in Antigua and Barbuda by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Premier (Montserrat), Daphne Cassell and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment (Antigua and Barbuda) Walter Christopher, on behalf of their respective Governments.

     
    The MOU will take effect from Wednesday, August 1st 2018 for a period of two years. Under the agreement, cruise lines that regularly visit Antigua will promote the 6 to 7 hours ‘Eco-excursion tour to the Caribbean Modern Day Pompeii’ on Montserrat along with a list of other excursions in Antigua.

     
    Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Premier, Daphne Cassell said, “The signing of the MOU will be instrumental in advancing the Premier’s vision and the efforts of the Tourism Division for an established tourism partnership with Antigua and Barbuda and is expected to result in an increase in the number of day tour passengers to the island.”

     
    The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment in Antigua and Barbuda, Walter Christopher noted that there has been a strong relationship between Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda over the years. He said, “We will continue to facilitate this cooperative relationship between Montserrat and Antigua through this tourism partnership for eco-tours to Montserrat. Historically we have had a good relationship with Montserrat and we will continue to do what it takes to nurture it.”

     
    The excursions to Montserrat will be facilitated by the Montserrat Ferry Service which will be made available for this purpose, as required.

     
    The signing of the MOU follows recent discussions between Premier, the honourable Donaldson Romeo and Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister for Tourism, the Honorable Charles Henry Fernandez. On Thursday, July 26, Premier Romeo met with Mr. Fernandez to discuss actions and plans in train for partnerships in tourism between Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat.
     

  • Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean adopt Roadmap for moving towards quality, inclusive, equitable education

    31st July 2018

    Montserrat’s Minister of Education, the Honourable Delmaude Ryan was among education ministers and high-ranking officials from Latin America and the Caribbean who approved the Cochabamba Agreements and the Regional Roadmap for the Implementation of SDG4-E2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean on 26 July 2018. The latter establishes a regional mechanism for moving towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 –Education 2030 together.

     

    The Roadmap is a frame of reference for the design and execution of regional actions in education and contains recommendations for the national implementation of public policy on this issue. It also supports coordinated and coherent progress on priority issues for the countries of the region such as the quality of education, equity and inclusion, teachers and education workers and lifelong learning.

     

    The document was prepared collectively during two technical monitoring meetings following the I Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of Latin America and the Caribbean (Buenos Aires).

     

    Representatives of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on the SDG-E2030 Global Steering Committee (Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia), one Caribbean nation selected by GRULAC, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the United Nations (Granada) and UNESCO and UNICEF, sub-regional and regional organizations (CARICOM, CECC-SICA, the OAS and OEI) and representatives of civil society (CLADE and Education International) also participated in these meetings.

     
    A Commitment to Educational Integration

     
    The Cochabamba Agreements were reached by the representatives of the countries that attended the regional meeting in Bolivia. They are based on the Buenos Aires Declaration (2017), the first milestone in the regionalization of SDG4-E2030 that allowed the countries to monitor the global decisions adopted in the Incheon Declaration emanating from the World Education Forum in May 2015 from this continent.

     
    The Buenos Aires Declaration provided a shared vision of the 2030 Education Agenda from Latin America and the Caribbean and was meant to generate strategies and programs that seek to achieve these targets at the national and regional levels for 2017-2030.

     
    The countries agreed in Bolivia to create a mechanism for implementing the Roadmap. The executive secretariat will be the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago). This mechanism consists of a Regional Steering Committee with two representatives from South America, two from Central America and Mexico, and three from the Caribbean, all of whom will be elected by the member states. UNESCO and UNICEF will serve as the permanent coordinating agencies of the committee and will receive support from regional inter-governmental organizations and two civil society organizations.

     
    The Regional Steering Committee shall establish four working groups that will drive specific actions in review, monitoring and reporting; policy and strategies; awareness and communication; and finance and governance. The groups may seek the support of technical experts.

     
    In the agreements, the officials agreed to strengthen intersectoral collaboration and to explore opportunities for the participation of young people and adults in regional coordination mechanisms. They also agreed to meet every two or three years and to entrust OREALC/UNESCO Santiago with organizing regional meetings in coordination with the Regional Steering Committee.

     

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