Members of Montserrat’s National ICT Council and Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation facilitators Lasantha De Alwis (standing 2nd from left) and Marcel Belingue (sitting 2nd from left).
BRADES, Montserrat – Two senior officials from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Lasantha De Alwis and Marcel Belingue are on island facilitating a workshop on ICT Development and Management for Montserrat.
The workshop was organised by the National ICT Council to expand on the National ICT Policy, Strategy and Implementation Plan approved in 2012 by the Government of Montserrat. Representatives from the relevant public and private agencies are attending the three-day workshop at the Montserrat Cultural Centre and are fleshing out the targets and actions to adopt Montserrat’s National ICT Plan. Read the rest of this entry »
The tender deadline for the Port Development Project Phase – 1A will be extended for 1 week beyond the current deadline of the 29th May 2013. This is as a result of additional information which can be found in the Addenda No. 1 which has been published online. The addenda is titled
Addenda No 1 Port Development Project – Phase 1A
Date of Addenda Issue: 14:00 HRS Thursday 23 May 2013
Documents are available from:www.gov.ms
New Date of Tender Return: 12:00 HRS Wednesday 5th June 2013. Tenders will be opened at 14:00 HRS on Wednesday 5th June 2013 by the Public Procurement Board.
Tenders should be returned to:
Public Procurement Board
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Interior of one of the new classrooms at Lookout Primary School.
BRADES, Montserrat – The plans for the Lookout Primary School Expansion Project are progressing, says Director of Education Glenn Francis.
Over the coming weeks, the school will relocate from the existing premises and move temporarily into the completed wing. “While there work will commence on the reconfiguration and rehabilitation of the existing buildings, which is expected to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year. At that time the school will occupy both sets of buildings while the new sports/assembly hall and associated site works is being constructed,” Francis explained. Read the rest of this entry »
BRADES, Montserrat – The Honourable Premier Reuben Meade has called for a regional approach to deal with an increasing number of international regulations regarding financial services and international taxation.
He made the remarks at the 43rd meeting of the Board of Governors’ of the Caribbean Development Bank in St. Lucia on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.
Premier Meade told the finance ministers that the Caribbean is struggling to keep up to date with changing international standards such as FATCA and have spent millions on these regulations. He said the expertise and resources have placed tremendous pressure on already stretched budgets but was confident that more can be achieved collectively. Read the rest of this entry »
BRADES, Montserrat – Business Development Officer at the Montserrat Development Corporation Agatha Aspin and local entrepreneur Nicole Rogers are in St Lucia for a four-day Train the Trainer workshop.
The workshop, which began on Tuesday, is being held as part of the Caribbean Development Bank’s 43rd Annual Board of Governors meeting.
Sessions focus on Applied Management and Modelling Techniques for female-owned micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and is designed to prepare a cadre of 39 female trainers across the region. The workshop’s aim is to allow business owners and managers to make informed technical, financial and market competitive decisions in a timely manner, without deferring to a professional.
Rogers is the owner of The Pastry Barn and also designs jewellery and clothing. She will be required to train other female small business owners to use the same techniques learned in St. Lucia.
BRADES, Montserrat – Starting June 1, visitors to Zone C will have to report to a local police station to gain access.
According to a release from the Governor’s Office, at a recent NDPRAC meeting it was decided that there will be changes to access to Zone C. Currently visitors must report on entry and on exit to Special Constables stationed at the entry gate.
As of June 1, “residents and visitors to the island will be required to report to either Brades or Salem police stations to register and receive an Entry Permit to Zone C. There is no fee for the permit, but applicants are required to acknowledge the safety terms and conditions. The entry gates will be opened from 8 am to 4 pm every day. Permit holders are permitted to enter and exit at their own risk unsupervised. A brochure giving information on the safety procedures to Zone C is now available at both police stations. Read the rest of this entry »
Premier Meade Delivers Address @ 43rd Annual (CDB) Board Of Governors’ Meeting
The Hon. Premier Meade acting in the capacity of governor of the British Overseas Territories: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Montserrat delivered this address at the opening ceremony of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of (CDB) Caribbean Development Bank held in St. Lucia:
43rd Meeting Of CDB Board Of Governors (Opening Statement By Premier Meade) in St. Lucia
BRADES, Montserrat – The Disaster Management & Coordination Agency (DMCA) hosts its annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
The conference is held prior to the start of the hurricane season which is June 1 to enable all government agencies and community groups to have their emergency plans finalised and to get a full picture of how prepared everyone is.
Presentations will be given on the predictions for the season; DMCA’s preparedness; Peripheral Threats such as road, water supply and agency planning; and communications systems training.
There will be breakout sessions to aid in the finalisation of hurricane plans.
DFID Review Team ( left to right) Alan Clarkin, Tom Kelly, and Kato Kimbugwe.
BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat received an improved rating following the end of the final review of the Strategic Growth Programme from DFID but has work to do in several key areas including tax reforms.
According to a statement from the Department for International Development (DFID), the government “sustained its commitment to the reforms process since the mid-term review reported in October. Good progress has been made in meeting February 2013 targets in most areas. The team recognises that some elements of the MoU reform process will need time to be embedded in GoM Departmental work plans.”
The report highlighted work in the areas of Investment policy, Tourism, and access as successful. Read the rest of this entry »
BRADES, Montserrat (May 21, 2013) – The Montserrat office of the Department for International Development announced on Monday, that following detailed discussions and negotiations with Government of Montserrat (GoM), a budget aid settlement amounting to EC$70.3million has been agreed.
The settlement will enable continued provision of essential services, including assistance across health, education services and improving sea access and safety at the airport for the 2013/14 financial year. Read the rest of this entry »