Government of Montserrat

Montserrat included in USA Today’s “Caribbean Bargains: Summer means deals on island travel”

Montserrat has been included in USA Today’s “Caribbean Bargains” roundup as part of the article titled: “Caribbean bargains: Summer means deals on island travel.”


USA Today’s feature captured the following about Montserrat:


For a small (very small) island, there are plenty of affordable (think: really cheap) beds for heads and warm water beaches that circle the Caribbean coast. The British isle 25 miles southwest of Antigua was the home of Sir George Martin’s Air Studios where Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney came to record and the home of soca superstar Arrow who penned the tune Hot, Hot, Hot. The ten beaches are never crowded with all but one carpeted in striking blackish sand. Shaded by almond trees, Woodlands Beach is gentle surf, popular with families who bring their own towels, toys and snacks. A short stroll to the beach, Gingerbread Hill is a bargain with nightly rates at (US) $125.00 for a two-bedroom villa with a porch swing and sweeping views of the sea and rainforest. For families who like to cook, the hotel shares space with mango, papaya and banana trees. Resident hens supply big fresh eggs for breakfast omelettes. For families who like music, Olveston House is the former home of Sir George and where the A-list rock and rollers stayed while on island. Summer rates can’t be beat at (US) $109.00 per night. Delightfully decorated with music memorabilia like Linda McCartney’s photos of John Lennon, the restaurant is one of the island’s finest, presided over by Chef Sarah whose mother Margaret Wilson co-manages the hotel.



ECCB Connects Episode 11

On this episode of ECCB Connects, Deputy Governor – Trevor Brathwaite, addresses the issue of Correspondent Banking Relations which allows you to conduct transactions with international companies including using credit cards and shopping online.


Ministry of Agriulture, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MALHE) announces the Rates for Abattoir Services

The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment release the rates for services available at the Abattoir which come into effect from 1st of July 2016.


Please refer to the document linked for listing of fees: 17-06-2016 Fees for Abattoir Services.




Government House Press Release: Her Majesty the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List




Buckingham Palace announced on Friday 10 June 2016, that Dr. Lanval Joseph Daly has been awarded the MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016.


Dr. Daly, a Montserratian who resides in Canada receives his award for services to the People of Montserrat through the Montserrat Visiting Consultants Programme.


The Montserrat Visiting Consultants Programme (MVCP) is an initiative of Dr. Daly’s where consultants in various medical specialities visit the island and provide pro bono services to the people of Montserrat.


We would like to congratulate Dr. Lanval Joseph Daly on being awarded the MBE for his services to Montserrat.



2016 -2021 Agricultural Strategy and Marketing Plan Draft Released for Stakeholder Input

The department of  Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment, would like stakeholder input on the 2016-2021 Agricultural Strategy and Marketing Plan. The primary purpose of the Agricultural Strategy and Marketing Plan (ASMP) is to present a cohesive framework for a policy of food import substitution in Montserrat with a commitment to the exploration and development of niche market opportunities for selected commodities.

Read the synopsis here: May 2016 – Synopsis of Agricultural Strategy and Marketing Plan Montserrat

ECCB Board Members and Senior Management Completed Chartered Director Course

Basseterre, St Kitts, 9 June 2016

ECCB Board Members and Senior Management Completed Chartered Director Course

Most of the members of the ECCB Board of Directors and some members of the Bank’s senior management team are now certified Chartered Directors having completed a
Chartered Director programme offered by the Caribbean Governance Training Institute (CGTI) from 6 to 8 June.

Chartered Directors Course Group Photo

The CGTI’s Chartered Director programme is designed to create board members who will have a profound and positive effect on their organisation’s performance by providing board members and the senior executives with a collective understanding of modern governance practices and processes.


CGTI’s Executive Chairman, Dr Chris Bart, said the programme is designed to help board members accept the responsibility for keeping the ‘four evil sisters’ of governance at bay:
(1) misallocation (2) misappropriation (3) misrepresentation and (4) misconduct.


The areas covered during the three-day course were:

  1. The Principles of Great Governance
  2. Board Roles, Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Boardroom Culture
  3. Financial Oversight by the Board
  4. Strategic Thinking versus Strategic Planning
  5. Risk Management
  6. Board and CEO Succession


The training session concluded with a qualifying examination.  Having passed the examination, the Board members and senior managers are now certified directors.


At the close of the programme, Governor of the ECCB, Timothy N.J. Antoine, said, “We have invested in our governance capacity as we continue to strive for the highest standards of corporate governance in the fulfillment of the Bank’s mandate.  Furthermore, we are committed to being a learning organisation and that starts at the top.”



ECCB Connects Episode 10

On this episode of ECCB Connects, John Venner – Adviser at the ECCB, explains some of the investment opportunities available on the Regional Government Securities Market (RGSM).

Minister of Communications, Works, Labour and Energy to attend the Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum 2016 in London

Minister of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour; Hon. Paul Lewis will attend the Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum 2016 taking place from the 14 – 16 June in London.

This event which is held every two years is being hosted by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and the 2016 Forum will highlight the importance of broadband for socio-economic development.


Key Objectives include:

• Network with international stakeholders – policymakers, regulators and private sector.
• Discuss the future of mobile technologies and applications
• Assess the latest funding and investment opportunities in ICTs across the Commonwealth
• Learn how to implement effective regulatory tools and policies
• Identify opportunities in cloud services, e-Governance, open data, e-Commerce and mobile applications
• Find out best practices for accessible and inclusive technologies.


Speakers for 2016 include:
• David Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Avanti Communications
• Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK
• Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
• Honourable Dr Emmanuel Mallia, Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, Malta
• Honourable Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, Ministry of Communications, Nigeria
• Sharon White, Chief Executive, OFCOM, United Kingdom
• Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC, Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat
• Clive Carter, Director of Strategy, Ofcom, United Kingdom
• Kumar Singarajah, Director, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development, Avanti Communications
• Arif Zaman, FRSA, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW)
• Juma Kandie, Director of Human Resources, Communications Authority and Executive Committee Member CTO Council, Kenya

ECCB Connects Episode 9

Find what measures the ECCB is taking to make the process for accessing credit easier and quicker through the establishment of the ECCU Credit Bureau.

Appointment of Montserrat’s Financial Secretary Confirmed

The following statement was released today:



Appointment of Financial Secretary


I am pleased to announce that the appointment of Mr. Colin Owen as Financial Secretary has been confirmed. Mr Owen will begin his duties within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management in August 2016.


Mr. Owen is a qualified accountant with a strong background in auditing and project management. Before his post as the Financial Secretary for St. Helena Mr. Owen was St. Helena’s Chief Auditor and before that held a number of senior auditor positions in London.

On his appointment Mr. Owen had this to say:


My family and I are very excited about coming to Montserrat and we are looking forward to exploring the Island, getting involved in community life and meeting as many people as possible when we arrive in August. I am looking forward to working with the Hon. Premier and other members of government and the public service in the interests of Montserrat and its people.


We will be sad to leave St Helena and the many friends we have made here, but are looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges that Montserrat will provide”.

I congratulate Owen on his appointment and we are looking forward to welcoming him and his family to Montserrat in August.