Government of Montserrat

FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN MONTSERRAT AND ANTIGUA RESUMES

On November 25th, Government of Montserrat released the Ferry Service Schedule to the Public in the press release written below:

FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN MONTSERRAT AND ANTIGUA RESUMES

 

The Government of Montserrat is pleased to announce that the ferry service between Montserrat and Antigua will resume on Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

 

In a press conference on Thursday November 24th, 2016, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo indicated to the press that the Government of Montserrat has entered a ferry services contract with the Ferry Operator Jaden Inc. of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Jaden Inc. is the owner of the fast ferry Jaden Sun which has the capacity to carry 218 passengers and some small cargo .During the press conference owner and Captain of Jaden Sun Elvis Gooding, expressed his enthusiasm in offering his company’s services to Montserrat and pledged his commitment to the Government and people of Montserrat.

 

Jaden Sun is expected to operate up to 6 days per week between Montserrat and Antigua with the possibility of occasional excursions to St Kitts, Nevis, Guadeloupe and St. Maarten.

 

 The ferry schedule until the middle of January will be as follows:

Press Release- Ferry services resume Nov 25-2

 

 

 

Read the official release here: Press Release- Ferry Services Resume

Invitation to Survey Access on Montserrat

The Access Division of the Office of the Premier invites you to give your thoughts on the subject of Access for Montserrat. We encourage you to complete the brief survey via the link: https://kwiksurveys.com/s/L3BbpkS0#/

 

This is an effort to engage all stakeholders to give their views on Access so the Government of Montserrat can better evaluate the island’s needs to ensure the right policy responses are considered.

 

Help us get Access right!

The Department of Environment prepares for the 26th consecutive hosting of the annual National Tree Planting Day event

On 11th, November, 2016 The Department of Environment issued the news release noted below:

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT

PRESS RELEASE

The Department of Environment prepares for the 26th consecutive hosting of the annual National Tree Planting Day event

Preparations are well on the way for the hosting of National Tree Planting Day 2016, which is scheduled for Wednesday 7th December.

The plant nursery of the Department of Environment has spent the past few months propagating over 1400 plants, spread over 30 varieties, for distribution to the public.

Each individual will be allowed to select a maximum of 3 plants.

The Department of Environment is encouraging persons to plan where they intend to establish their plants and begin collecting compost and mulching material that will aid in the growth processes of the plants. The Department is also encouraging persons to select suitable containers to transport plants to their homes.

A list of plants will be available on the Government of Montserrat website and posters will be placed at business establishments on island.

National Tree Planting Day is organised and hosted by the Department of Environment to promote the establishment of green spaces in communities. This would result in erosion control, beautification, improved nutrition and food security.

Department of Environment

 

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REPORT: MONTSERRAT’S PRESENCE FELT IN THE UK AT THE JOINT MINISTERIAL COUNCIL (JMC)

REPORT: MONTSERRAT’S PRESENCE FELT IN THE UK AT THE JOINT MINISTERIAL COUNCIL (JMC)

 

The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo, Deputy Premier Honourable Delmaude Ryan, Financial Secretary Honourable Colin Owen and the Government’s UK Representative Janice Panton, and other delegates from other Overseas Territories representing Anguilla, Ascension, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha attended the Joint Ministerial Council JMC last week in London.

Tuesday November 1st

 

The Montserrat JMC delegation and other delegates from other Overseas Territories met with the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, under whose portfolio climate change sits, at the House of Commons.  The heads of delegation expressed their interest in the UK’s participation at COP22 and COP13, and sought assurance that the Territories are consulted where the UK is making representations on the respective Territories.

 

Before attending a bilateral meeting with the Baronesss Anelay, Minister of State at the FCO whose portfolio includes responsibility for the Overseas Territories, the Honourable Donaldson Romeo had time to briefly outline to the Foreign Affairs Committee the issues arising from inadequate infrastructure which is hampering development on the island and contributing to Montserratians not returning to the island.  The FAC was chaired by Crispin Blunt, MP who was joined by Andrew Rosindell MP and Ian Murray MP.

 

The Honourable Donaldson Romeo, Honourable Delmaude Ryan and Honourable Colin Owen attended a bilateral meeting with Baroness Anelay, Minister of State at the FCO.  The Honourable Premier briefed the Baroness on the urgent need for infrastructure development, citing that progress needs to be made in getting a sea port fit for purpose, commitment on the generation of geothermal energy to ensure that the investment made by Department for International Development to ascertain adequate resource is fully realised.  The Honourable Delmaude Ryan outlined her concerns regarding health, education and social services, and reported on the progress made in child safeguarding both at policy and implementation levels.

 

Prior to the formal opening of the JMC by Baroness Anelay on 2nd November, two plenary sessions were held on the afternoon of Tuesday 1st November – The first of these focused on pensions when Mr. Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, defended the UK’s stance on the extension of uprating of UK State Pensions to those living in countries where it is not currently applicable.  Except for Bermuda and Gibraltar, residents in the UK Territories pensions are not uprated in line with their counterparts in the UK.

 

The second plenary was led by Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary under Secretary of State, Department of Health.  Delegates expressed their disappointment that the DoH will not consider an increase in the numbers on the quota system, nor adding to the list of eligible Territories. They, however, expressed their appreciation of the review taking place on the process of accessing healthcare through the quota system and improving the experiences of patients.  The Honourable Delmaude Ryan reported on the state of the healthcare in Montserrat and expressed her thanks for the support given by HMG as a result of previous JMC commitment and look forward to building on this.

 

Wednesday November 2nd

 

The JMC was formally opened by the Rt. Honourable Baroness Anelay with opening prayers said by the Chief Minister of Anguilla, Honourable Victor Banks.  The Honourable Dr. D. Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgins and Chair of the UK Overseas Territories Association responded to the Baroness’ welcome on behalf of the other heads of delegations.

 

In the first session on Economic Development, the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo outlined the challenges that still face Montserrat after 21 years of development assistance, during which time there were seven Chief Ministers or Premiers.  Premier Romeo, outlined the critical need for infrastructure development including the sea port, fibre optics and the need to realise the investment made by the Department for International Development in geothermal energy by a commitment to fund its generation so that residents and investors alike can benefit from cheaper energy. The session was jointly chaired by Baroness Anelay and the Rt. Honourable The Lord Bates, Minister of State for International Development.

 

For the session on beneficial ownership and anti-corruption, Baroness Anelay was joined by Mr. Robert Buckland, QC MP, and Solicitor General.  They both also chaired the session on good governance and human rights (including child safeguarding).  In respect of both, the Leaders outlined the progress made in honouring the commitments made at the 2015 JMC at both policy level and in implementation.

 

Mr. Robin Walker, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, joined Baroness Anelay to chair the session on the implications for the Overseas Territories of EU Exit.  The Leaders were assured by both Baroness Anelay and Mr. Walker that Territories’ concerns will be taken into account, including freedom of movement, upholding the right of self-determination, and minimum restrictions on trade. Both HMG ministers requested these be fed into the appropriate channels and through the FCO.

 

The session flowed easily into the next on the UK-OT future partnership which was chaired by the Overseas Territories Minister. Leaders assured Baroness Anelay of their support of the UK and the decision by the UK electorate to exit the EU.

 

The sessions concluded on international trade when Baroness Anelay was joined by Mr. Mark Garnier MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade.  The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo together with other heads of the delegation meet the Rt. Honourable Boris Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at the Ambassadors’ Waiting Room at the FCO.

 

(Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo with other UK Overseas Territory Leaders with Baronesss Anelay,Please noted you put Baroness Anelay, Minister of State at the FCO)

 

 

 

(The Overseas Territory MOU Safeguarding put forward by the Falklands)

 

 

(Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo with Lord Bates)

 

 

(Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo, Baroness Anely, Deputy Premier Hon. Delmaude Ryan and H.E. Elizabeth Carriere)

 

ECCB Presents 2016 Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks to Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited

On 11th, November, 2016 The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) issued the news release noted below:

ECCB Presents 2016 Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks to Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) presented the 2016 Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks to the Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited during the awards ceremony held at the ECCB Headquarters, on 9 November.

The ECCB initiated, the Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks in 1997. The award recognises commercial banks, which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), for implementing, participating in and promoting programmes designed to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. Banks are assessed for demonstrating social responsibility in the areas of: Educational Development; Community Outreach and Social Services; Environmental Awareness; Sports; Cultural Development; Customer Service; and Financial Education and Empowerment.

Good Corporate Citizen Awards are presented to the banks which have made outstanding contributions in the respective categories, while the Best Corporate Citizen Award is presented to the bank which demonstrates significant contribution to the overall enhancement of the ECCU through human resource development and sustained community outreach.

Keith Johnson, Managing Director, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited says, “Republic Bank is very honoured to be recognised for our commitment to building better societies in the territories in which we operate through our practice of corporate social responsibility.”

The Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited also received the Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Cultural Development, Educational Development, Environmental Awareness and Sports.

“The awards we received last night are testimony to the commitment of our Board and a tribute to the hard work of all our staff,” said Johnson.

The other banks which received Good Corporate Citizen Awards were:

  • National Bank of Dominica, Ltd, which received the Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Customer Service and Financial Education and Empowerment; and
  • Antigua Commercial Bank, which was presented with the Good Corporate Citizen Award for Community Outreach and Social Services.

Nine of the commercial banks which operate in the ECCU submitted entries for the 2016 Best Corporate Citizen Award.

The awards were presented by Hilary Hazel, Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of St Kitts and Nevis and ECCB Board Member for St Kitts and Nevis.

 

Media Release: ECCBLIB-#707363-v2-News_Release_-_BCCA__Awardees_

The ECCB Hosts 27th Annual Conference with Commerical Banks

On 4th, November, 2016 The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) issued the news release noted below:

ECCB Hosts 27th Annual Conference with Commercial Banks

Managers and other senior officers from commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions which operate in the Eastern Caribbean Central Union and the wider Caribbean will gather at the ECCB Headquarters, St Kitts and Nevis, over the period 10-11 November for the 27th Annual Conference with Commercial Banks.

 

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) began hosting the annual conference with commercial banks in 1990. The conference serves as a forum for discussing issues which are critical to the development of the region’s financial and banking sector.

 

This year the conference will be held under the theme: The Way Forward:  Commercial Banks in a New Environment. The sessions will focus on three of the major issues which affect the banking sector currently:

  1. The Impact and Solution for De-Risking;
  2. The Progress on Basel II and the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS9) and
  3. Credit and the Macro-environment.

Media Release: ECCBLIB-#705732-v2-News_Release_-_BCCA_

The ECCB to Award ECCU Commerical Banks for Demonstrating Social Responsibility

 

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On 4th, November, 2016 The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) issued the news release noted below:

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will award commercial banks operating within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) for implementing, participating in and promoting programmes designed to improve the quality of life of the people they serve, when the Bank presents the 2016 Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks on 9 November.

 

The ECCB initiated the Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks in 1997. Banks are assessed for demonstrating social responsibility in the areas of: Community Outreach and Social Services; Cultural Development; Customer Service; Educational Development; Environmental Awareness; Financial Education and Empowerment and Sports. Commercial banks which are desirous of being considered for the award are required to submit evidence of their contribution in these categories.

 

Good Corporate Citizen Awards are presented to the banks which have made outstanding contributions in the respective categories, while the Best Corporate Citizen Award is presented to the bank which demonstrates significant contribution to the overall development of the ECCU through human resource development and sustained community outreach.

 

This year, nine banks will be considered for the awards:

  • Antigua Commercial Bank
  • Caribbean Union Bank
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia (Antigua)
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia (Dominica)
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia (St Kitts and Nevis)
  • Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank
  • Grenada Co-operative Bank Ltd
  • National Bank of Dominica Ltd
  • Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd

Media Release: ECCBLIB-#705732-v2-News_Release_-_BCCA_

SHOWING OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME FILM AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

Battle of Somme

 

On Tuesday 8 November at Government House at 6 pm, Her Excellency the Governor will host a showing of the UK’s Imperial War Museum’s film of the Battle of the Somme, which shows unique original footage filmed in July and August 1916.

 

The Battle of the Somme was one of the most significant battles of the First World War.  It lasted 141 days, from 1 July to 18 November 1916, and resulted in more than one million killed or wounded on both sides.  Burleigh Hannam, born in Montserrat in 1899, died aged 17 in the battle on 13 November 1916, one week before the end of the battle.  This year’s Remembrance Sunday will be the 100th anniversary of his death.  His brother, Maurice, died on 10 October 1918, one month before the end of the war.

 

The film will be shown free of charge and there are only 80 seats available. Tickets for this event are available on a “first come, first served” basis and can be collected at the Governor’s Office.   Requests for tickets (no more than two per person) should be made by calling the Governor’s Office on 491-2688 or emailing Karyssa Duberry (Karyssa.Duberry@fco.gov.uk) .

The Tourism Division under The Office of the Premier will host a Social Media Training Workshop to Residents in Montserrat

On November 21st and November 22nd, 2016 the Tourism Division under the Office of the Premier will host “Social Power For The Future Of Your Business.” The 2-day workshop  taking place at the Montserrat Cultural Center in Little Bay, Montserrat will focus on Social Media Training will include sessions focused on Facebook, Instagram and the power of Google+.

The workshop is sponsored by The Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) which will be presented by Tim Quinton, who is a internet entrepreneur operating Electric Villages, a marketing and technology agency.

A registration fee of EC $50.00 is required. Persons interested in attending the workshop are asked to register online or in person by contacting agatha.aspin@montserrattourism.ms, or at the Tourism Office, E. Karney Osborne Bld. Little Bay, Montserrat.

 

 

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The Tourism Division Partners with COSME to host trio of evening Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Workshops

On November 14th, 15th, and 16th, a free 3- day workshop  will be held to deliver SME Workshops to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs to start and develop  their businesses. Under the name “Start and Develop your Business,” the Tourism Division under the Office of the Premier’s portfolio partnered with The Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) to bring this opportunity to Montserrat. The workshops will cover a range of topics to include; Business Planning, Organisation and Management, Financial Planning and Management, Business Development and Market Orientation. Persons interested in attending are asked to register at info@montserrattourism.ms or call Agatha Aspin at 491-4702 to reserve your spot.

 

The workshops will be facilitated by Ms. Sonja Hunte, Consultant of Financial Consulting Services INC. and Mr. Prakaash Rostam, Key Expert SME & Private Sector Development Specialist- COSME.

 

 

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