Government of Montserrat

Ten Persons Awarded Government Of Montserrat Scholarships For Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies Abroad

Deputy Governor’s Press Release
Ten (10) individuals have been awarded Government of Montserrat scholarships this year to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies abroad.

Each year a priority list consisting of a number of areas of study required to advance the Government of Montserrat’s operational and strategic development agenda is submitted to Cabinet for consideration and approval.

The proposed list of training priorities is principally informed by the Government’s Policy Agenda and therefore takes into consideration the following areas namely: Health and Social Services, Financial Management, Good Governance, Environmental Management, Education and lifelong learning, Built Environment Human Resource Management and Land Surveying.

In putting forward their priority learning needs, Ministries/Departments are further guided by the following considerations:
1. The number of critical posts which have been vacant for extended periods and have proven hard to fill;
2. Positions identified as critical, hard to fill and approved for funding under the Technical Cooperation Programme;
3. The areas required for succession planning and business continuity;
4. The areas identified where serving officers need to attain the basic qualifications for their current job.
This year, the Montserrat Community College was included in the stakeholder consultations to develop the proposed training priorities for 2019/20. This was to ensure that the island’s talent management considerations support the retention of the island’s young people by clearly demonstrating that there are opportunities available to them at home and that their interests and aspirations were important to Montserrat’s national development.

The number of awards issued each year is dependent on the budget allocated to scholarships and the number of awardees who would complete their studies in the particular year.

Additionally, there are several stages of the application process and students must meet the eligibility criteria.

This year a total of forty-three applications were considered by the National Training and Scholarship Advisory Committee (NTSAC). The applications were considered against an established criteria and recommendations forwarded to Cabinet for a decision.

During the application process, scholarships are awarded to Montserratians and individuals who are deemed as Montserratians in the 2010 Montserrat Constitution Order.

In ranking and prioritizing eligible applicants, the NTSAC uses a weighted criterion which assesses applications against the Approved Priority areas.

In addition to the placement of an area on the approved list, other factors taken into consideration are as follows: a) whether an applicant has been accepted at a recognized tertiary institution, the cost of the programme, the duration of the programme and the applicants’ personal statement.

The Recipients of 2019/20 National scholarships are

Name Duration Course of Study
1 John Jeffers Jr BSc Valuation and Property Management
2 Raston Fenton Associates Degree Surveying and Geographic Information Technology
3 Chaquille Sam BEng. Construction Engineering
4 Orlando Kelly BSc Surveying and Geographic Information Technology
5 Stevikha Foster B. Sc. Medicine
6 Szjuen Griffith BSc. Urban & Regional Planning
7 Enver Browne BSc Media Technology
8 Kendell Jeffers Integrated Master’s Degree – Mpharm
9 Doron Cassell BSc. Computer Science
10 Brenda Daley M. Sc. Nursing Administration

Among the scholarship recipients are (4) recent graduates from the Montserrat Community College (MCC), Stevikha Foster, Doron Cassell and Enver Browne of the class of 2019 and Kendell Jeffers of the Class of the 2018.

In the event that any of the awardees are unable to take up the scholarship or accept another scholarship, the award would be offered to the next eligible person on a roll up basis.

In fiscal year 2018/19, a total of six (6) scholarships were awarded and 51 persons (17 studying at Universities abroad and 34 studying via UWI Open Campus) were given Financial Assistance and Grants to assist with tertiary level studies.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat)- Montserrat is in full support of a request for Member States to contribute towards the implementation of a programme of Awards and Recognition for regional Artists at CARIFESTA on a biennial basis.

This was one of the areas discussed during the Ministers of Culture meeting held in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday August 18, 2019. The meeting was attended by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Premier and Head of the Montserrat delegation, Mrs. Daphne Cassell, along with senior members of the delegation.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat)- The Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour (MCWEL) is set to unveil the island’s very first electric vehicle, later this week.

Energy Minister, the Honourable Paul Lewis will deliver remarks at the reveal ceremony, which will take place at the (MCWEL) Headquarters in Brades on Friday August 16, 2019 starting at 2:00p.m.
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The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Premier, Mrs Daphne Cassell, heads a delegation of 29 to the 14th edition of CARIFESTA which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from August 16 to 25.

The delegation comprises seven members of the Emerald Shamiole Masquerades along with their musicians and chaperones. Also in the delegation are Montserrat Festival winners Calypso Monarch Garnet “Sylk” Thompson, soca monarchs Trevon “Trevvle” Pollard and Samrun “Nyne” Woodley. Vocalist Nia Golden, two members of 4th Dymension, poet Chadd Cumberbatch as well as representatives from the tourism and business community are also in the group.

“This CARIFESTA should be a learning experience in an effort to prepare for the event when it comes to Antigua in 2021,” said new Director of the Montserrat Arts Council Kenneth Silcott. “We want to be ready to make an impact and be ready to showcase the best of Montserrat’s culture.”

Several television appearances have also been arranged for members of the delegation.

Visual artist Tabu Duberry will be the artist in residence on TTT Now, the morning news and variety show on Friday. Ten pieces of his work are also part of the Caribbean exhibition at the National Museum and Gallery for the duration of CARIFESTA.

“It’s been a challenge but a lot of fun pulling the plans together for the delegation”, said Nerissa Golden, Logistics Coordinator for the Carifesta group. “Montserrat will be very visible at the festival in art, dance, literature, media and music.”

The Office of the Premier made available EC$100,000 for the CARIFESTA delegation. Other sponsors for the trip are the Department of Trade, the Ministry of Communications and Works’ ICT Division and 4th Dymension.

The main delegation leaves island on Thursday August 15. The opening ceremony will be on Friday August 16 at 7PM. Learn more about the more than 200 events happening over 10 days at



Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (GIU Davy Hill, Montserrat)- The Government of Montserrat has sent three officers to the 2nd Special Training Programme for CARICOM Diplomats, being held in India from August 12 to 23, 2019.

The public officers are, Assistant Secretary in the External Affairs Division of the Office of the Premier, Michelle Cassell; Senior Clerical Officer in the Office of the Premier, Shandrina Daley and Senior Clerical Officer in the Human Resources Management Unit, Shanique White.
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Monday, August 12, 2019 (GIU Davy Hill, Montserrat)- A workshop aimed at advancing the development of a ‘National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy’ will be held here this week.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services is collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), to conduct a validation workshop aimed at finalizing the development of the policy for the island. The workshop will be held on Wednesday August 14 and Thursday August 15 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre (MCC).
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FEATURE ADDRESS: 2019 CXC Official Release of May/June Exam Results

Friday August 9, 2019
I am indeed delighted much like Hon Minister Ryan (who is still recovering from illness), for the confidence in CXC to afford Montserrat the opportunity to host the official release of the May/June 2019 exam results. Indeed, you have demonstrated your regionalism in an inclusiveness that respects Montserrat as an equal voice around the table regardless of our size and our past tragedies.

Premier Romeo and CXC Registrar, Dr. Wayne Wesley


We are on the rebound in our development and you being here is a testimony to this.

For those of you who are visiting for the first time or in a very long time, do take time out to enjoy our hospitality; the way the Caribbean used to be.

The honourable Minister has asked me to deliver a few words which she has prepared for this occasion; and so I read:
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Wednesday, August 8, 2019 (GIU Davy Hill, Montserrat)- The Access Division, under the portfolio of the Office of the Premier, has announced a change to the departure time for the Sunday, August 11 ferry service from Antigua to Montserrat.

The ferry will depart Antigua for Montserrat at 7:00p.m. on Sunday evening and not at 10:00a.m. as was previously advertised. The Access Coordinator, Ashley Lindsey explained that on Saturday August 10, the ferry service was due to be hired by a private promotional company, however he said “the company has indicated that their numbers are not as fruitful as they would have hoped.”

As a result, the Access Division has decided to stick with the 11:00a.m. departure time for Saturday August 10, as was previously advertised, but the Ferry will return on Sunday evening at the normal time of 7:00p.m.

Customers will be able to book as normal for all services.

The Access Division apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Kenneth “Rabo” Silcott Appointed Director of the Montserrat Arts Council

The Board of Directors of the Montserrat Arts Council (MAC) is pleased to announce that Kenneth Silcott has been appointed as the new Executive Director.

Chairperson Dr Clarice Barnes welcomed Mr. Silcott, who will take up the new position on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Silcott previously served as the Head of Planning and Production with the Council from 2015 to 2018.

The MAC’s Executive Director has the responsibility to manage and provide strategic direction for the implementation of the Cultural Strategic Plan, National Cultural Policy. Develop,promote and ensure the preservation of Montserrat’s culture. He will also be expected to provide professional and efficient oversight and management of the island’s national festivals and events, including the annual Christmas Festival, to enable the generation of economic activity, while preserving and promoting Montserrat’s culture.

The new director is a former clients service manager with JP Morgan, an author, songwriter and calypsonian. He won the Montserrat Festival Calypso crown in 2017. Silcott, is also President of the St. John’s Action Club, which works to improve the village community and care for the elderly and youth. He also serves as Chairman of the St John’s Community Resource Centre and the People’s Warden of the Anglican Church.

Nerissa Golden, who served as the Interim Director while the Board conducted the job search, will work along with the new Director until September 30, 2019 to implement several new policies and continue preparation for the Annual Festival slated for December 21, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

Learn more about the Montserrat Arts Council at

Montserrat Delegation Attends Children’s Summit on the Rights of the Child

A small delegation attended a National Children’s Summit and a Child Rights Fair in Basseterre, St Kitts from 23-24 July 2019.

Delegation at the National Children’s Summit


The group which included; Keyola Greene CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Keturah Daley, Trevor Howe Jr, Allen Mullings and Lyston Skerritt, Director of Community, Youth and Sports Services represented Montserrat at the UNICEF sponsored event. The activities were in recognition of that St Kitts and Nevis’ ratification of the Convention in the Rights on 24 July 1990, becoming the first Caribbean country to ratify the treaty.

The Summit for Children was a high-level meeting involving young people, senior members of government and other influential people and specialists, such as business or faith-based leaders, who had face-to-face discussion on some of the key issues impacting children and young people. The idea of the summit was to gather people together who can share ideas, expertise and collaborate on how to move forward on issues affecting young people. The summit produced some decisions and agreements on key issues and there should be some kind of ‘action’ that results.

The UK signed the convention on 19th April 1990 and by extension Montserrat.