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  • EU DISBURSES SECOND BUDGET SUPPORT PAYMENT OF EC$11.98 MILLION TO MONTSERRAT

    21st February 2020

    The European Union has continued its support to the Government of Montserrat (GoM) through the release of the Second Disbursement Payment of EC$11.98 million (€4.00M) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Montserrat Multi Sector Sustainable Economic Development Budget Support Programme. This disbursement comprised of the Second Fixed Trance EC$5.99 million (€2.00M) and the First Variable Tranche EC$5.99 million (€2.00M) which was achieved by the GoM successfully accomplishing specific performance indicators under the Programme.
     

    The release comes after a mission to Montserrat by EU Head of Delegation, Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, who commended the Montserratian authorities on the continued progress in the implementation of this programme. The Ambassador specifically made reference to the Government’s renewable energy policies, where the GoM is striving to attain a 100% green economy.
     

    The overall objective of the Budget Support Programme is to assist in setting Montserrat on a path of sustainable economic development, based on its 2017-2021 Medium Term Economic Policy (MTEP). This Policy is the building block of a new Economic Growth Strategy which defines in greater detail a more holistic multi-sector approach in addressing Montserrat’s economic development challenges for the next 10 or more years.
     

    The European Union continues to support Montserrat’s efforts to create a coherent, comprehensive and sustainable policy framework that will ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth in the long term. The Government of Montserrat will direct this assistance to support key enablers identified in the MTEP, which are renewable energy and other backbone infrastructure developments in areas crucial to address accessibility constraints to the island, notably a new port development. Moreover, the assistance is expected to enhance Montserrat’s tourism offer, while also taking steps to improve the business environment and encourage more inclusive private-sector development.
     

    The EU has provided development aid to Montserrat since 2009. The overall programme budget for the current 11th EDF intervention is approximately EC$57.35 million (€18.72M) until 2022, with EC$54.30 million (€17.72M) earmarked for multi sector development as budget support. Montserrat also benefits from EU assistance channelled through the EDF Caribbean regional envelope for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
     

  • WORK IN CARR’S BAY TO ENABLE PHASE 2 OF BRIDGE REHABILITATION AND ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

    21st February 2020

    February 21, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– Ongoing infrastructure works in the vicinity of the Carr’s Bay Bridge are being carried out to facilitate phase 2 of the Carr’s Bay Bridge Rehabilitation and Road Improvement Project.
     

    The current works are being undertaken by the Ministry of Communication, Works, Energy and Labour as part of the Annual Maintenance Programme, and is expected to be completed before the end of the financial year in March 2020.
     

    MCWEL Civil Engineer, Rawlson Patterson stated that the ongoing infrastructure works involve the construction of a retaining wall which will assist with the construction of the sidewalks in the future, and an up-stream culvert which will function as an access point and will also allow for the discharge of water.
     

    Mr. Patterson further explained that the work currently being implemented will enable phase 2 of the Carr’s Bay Bridge Rehabilitation and Road Improvement Project, which will include the re-cambering and re-alignment of the section of the roadway; the installation of underground ducts; manhole construction; drainage construction; the construction of the sidewalk; laying of base material and, asphalt paving of the roadway.
     

    The infrastructure work is part of the Ministry’s overall strategic plan to improve the island’s road network, and as result improve the road safety for motorists and pedestrians. The improvements also take into consideration the resilience of Montserrat’s infrastructure.
     

  • MINISTER KIRNON ATTENDS REGIONAL EDUCATION MINISTERS MEETING

    18th February 2020

    February 18, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Minister of Education, Honourable Charles Kirnon is in St. Kitts this week attending the 5th Meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers of Education, being held under the theme ‘Equity and Access’.
     

    Minister Kirnon is accompanied to the February 18th -19th meeting by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Lyston Skerritt, where he and the other Ministers will engage in constructive dialogue on substantive issues regarding education development in the OECS sub-region, as well as agree on policies and strategies to advance the implementation of the OECS Education Sector Strategy.
     

    The meeting also helps secure the support of regional agencies and development partners in advancing the education development agenda.
     

    The OECS Education Unit is advancing a number of initiatives including: The Early Learners Programme where there is emphasis on early reading; the OECS Framework for Continuous Professional Development as well as the Framework for School leaders: a management training for Principals across the OECS.
     

    The meeting will be presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Shawn Richards.
     

    Two previous Meetings of the OECS Council of Ministers of Education were held in Antigua and Barbuda (2019) and Martinique (2018).
     

  • MONTSERRAT POLICE SERVICE ENHANCES INVESTIGATIVE ABILITIES

    18th February 2020

    Fingerprinting Equipment Obtained and Officers Trained
     
    February 18, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) has acquired new forensic equipment, and has trained officers as part of efforts to strengthen the organisations investigative capacity.
     

    AFIX Training Group Photo ft H.E. Governor Andrew Pearce, Commissioner of Police Steve Foster, Senior RMPS Officers, Facilitator Scott Howard and Students


     

    Seven Officers completed a three-day development training programme aimed at familiarising senior and trainee scenes of crimes officers with a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); which will be used to assist with crime solving efforts on island.
     

    The AFIS will allow the RMPS to maintain a database with the prints of convicted offenders and finger prints of those recovered from crime scenes.
     

    Commissioner of Police, Steve Foster said the new technology will greatly enhance the investigative capacity of the police. “This will greatly improve our service delivery as key actors in the criminal justice system. The AFIS is one of a number of advanced technology that the Office of the Governor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Project Officer, Mr. Alan Morrison have assisted the police in acquiring over the past three months, to give us advanced investigative skills.”
     

    Commissioner Foster said the service has also acquired equipment to finalise the setting up a video recording interview suite for both victims and suspects, which will greatly improve the quality of evidence presented at court. Additionally, the RMPS has invested in case cracker technology and will also be conducting training in double casting in the event that the RMPS has to address cases which involve ballistics (impact of bullets and missiles).
     

    The seven trained officers are PC68 Orlando Dasent; PC 65 Kino Thomas; Sergeant (Ag) 23 Leon Edwards; PC 94 Mataniah Antoine; PC97 Solomon Samuel, Inspector Julian Wade and WPC63 Kisha Nelson.
     

    The training was facilitated by Scott Howard from AFIX Technology Inc., the company which provided the fingerprinting system, as well as other biometric identification systems.
     

  • LIONEL BAKER TO BE AWARDED MONTSERRAT’S FIRST NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD

    17th February 2020

    For the first time, the National Honours and Awards, will include a National Youth Awardee—Lionel Baker will be bestowed with the first National Youth Awards on Montserrat for excellence in sports.
     

    ESPN Photo of Lionel Baker


     

    Mr. Baker will be awarded for his involvement and contribution to sports on Montserrat, and particularly for his involvement in cricket. In 2008, Baker became the first cricketer from Montserrat to represent the West Indies at Test Cricket. He made history when he debuted for the West Indies in a one-day international match against Pakistan in November 2008.
     

    The Premier, Honourable Joseph Farrell said he is pleased to be able to confer the first National Youth Award on a young Montserratian who has made noticeable contribution to Montserrat, through sports. He also noted that it is important for youth to be acknowledged for their contributions as it serves as motivation for continued nation building, and instills a sense of national pride.
     

    Mr. Baker will receive the prestigious award during the 6th National Honours and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Sunday March 8, 2020.
     

    The National Youth Awards will now be a regular part of the National Honours and Awards ceremony, and is aimed at recognizing the contribution of youth on Montserrat to national development, community and nation building.
     

    Mr. Baker will join the other awardees who are being bestowed with National Honours during the ceremony.
     

    The other awardees, as was previously announced are Mr. Justin “Hero” Cassell for his service and achievements towards the advancement of music regionally and internationally; and, Mr. Charles “Jim” Allen for his contributions and achievements in the field of sports, specifically Cricket. Both will be receiving Orders of Excellence.
     

    Two persons will be awarded the Order of Distinction. They are Mr. Alric Tayor, for his contributions in the areas of civil service and education; and Mrs. Vera Weekes, for her service in the area of education.
     

    The Order of Merit for meritorious contributions to Montserrat is being bestowed upon Mr. Charles “Nick” Ryan for his contribution and service in the field of Disaster Management; and Mrs. Margaret Browne for her commitments to education development.
     

    The National Honours and Awards Ceremony is organised by the National Honours and Awards Planning Committee under the remit of the Office of the Premier.
     

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