The Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy N. J. Antoine will visit Montserrat next week
The visit on Tuesday May 24th is part of his country outreach, in keeping with the Citizen Engagement and Stakeholders Relations Strategy as outlined in the new vision for the Bank.
During his visit, Mr. Antoine will engage in discussions with the Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance Donaldson Romeo, Members of Cabinet, the Leader of the Opposition, and financial institutions.
Mr. Antoine will also hold talks with social Partners such businesses, labour unions, civil society and churches; and the media in Montserrat.
Among the issues that will be raised during the one day trip are the Montserrat Financial & Economic Scorecard, a strategy for de-risking and the CLICO/BAICO matter.
Head of Governor’s Office/ UK Policy Advisor and Director of DMCA to attend Caribbean Overseas Territory Disaster Preparedness Conference in Miami
The following press release was sent on 19th, May 2016 for distribution to the public:
GOVERNMENT HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND DMCA ATTEND CARIBBEAN OVERSEAS TERRITORIES DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE IN MIAMI
Tony Bates, UK Policy Adviser to the Governor and Head of the Governor’s office, and Billy Darroux, Director of the Disaster Management Co-ordination Agency, will attend the annual Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda disaster preparedness conference in Miami from 24 – 27 May. Martin Dawson, Head of DFID Montserrat, will also attend as part of DFID’s regional response capability. The first of these conferences was held in Montserrat in 2008 but the conference has been held in Miami for the last seven years.
The meeting brings together representatives of all the disaster management agencies and Governors’ offices from Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands. Representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy, regional response agencies (eg. CDEMA, PAHO), US Coast Guard, US Federal Emergency Management Agency and airlines will also attend. The attendance of Directors of Disaster Management is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. While the main focus of the meeting is to understand and agree preparedness and response mechanisms for the hurricane season, participants will also discuss other hazards facing the Overseas Territories, such as mass casualty events (maritime and aviation incidents). Regional and mutual assistance arrangements will also feature.
In advance of the meeting, Tony Bates said:
“This meeting is a vital part of Montserrat’s and the other Territories’ annual preparedness work. It’s an opportunity to co-ordinate with the UK Government and the Royal Navy on states of preparedness. It also allows us to hear about the regional and international response mechanisms, should Montserrat need any assistance post-disaster.”
Following the disaster management meeting there will be a two-day meeting of Heads of Governors’ offices, whose agenda will cover UK Government and Governors’ offices’ regional resilience and crisis management plans, capacity and capability building projects in good governance and safety and security, office management issues and public diplomacy work.
In case of questions, contact Tony Bates on 491 2688/9.
19 May 2016
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – ECCB Connects Episode 7
Leon Cuffy, of St Kitts and Nevis – a graduate of the ECCB Entrepreneurship course and Small Business Workshops speaks about his experience as a small business operator and how attending the courses has helped him to advance his business.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – ECCB Connects Episode 6
On this episode of ECCB Connects, Senior Economist – Beverley Labadie explains how the work of the ECCB Economists impacts the lives of the people of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
U.S. Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit 2016
On May 3rd and 4th, the U.S.-Caribbean Central American Energy Summit was held in Washington, D.C. Representing Montserrat at this Summit was the Honourable Paul Lewis, Minister with responsibility for Energy.
Vice President Joe Biden takes a photo heads of delegation during the U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit at the State Department in Washington, D.C., May 4, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Montserrat included in episodes receiving excellent ratings on The Royal Geographical Society Mini-documentaries release of Britain’s Treasure Islands
On April 12th The Royal Geographical Society released the Britain’s Treasure Islands series broadcasted on BBC4 in the United Kingdom. Montserrat’s episode on wildlife and heritage was part of the three episodes which received up to 1.5 times the normal viewership figures that are normal for BBC4. Up to 700,000 people tuned in for each episode. The broadcast series raises awareness of the incredible wildlife, cultures and history of all of the UK Overseas Territories and the important conservation work that is being undertaken.
The Britain’s Treasure Islands book has also been released. It is 704 pages long filled with 1,200 images as an additional way to further promote the incredible natural history and heritage of all of the Territories.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – ECCB Connects Episode 5
On this episode of ECCB Connects, Deputy Director, Bank Supervision Department, Laurel Seraphin Bedford explains how the ECCB regulates and supervises financial institutions to ensure your money is protected.
Open Day Discussion Ferry Tender Updates
Two open day discussions for the Ferry tender documents were held on 26th April, 2016 and 28th April, 2016 at Government Headquarters in Brades, Montserrat.
See below for the meeting minutes from both sessions:
The following are questions and answers deriving thus far from this tender process:
On Thursday morning of last week during our teleconference I recall (after introductions) that any “Tender” submitted must be in a sealed unmarked envelope to the address of “Point of Contact” (attached) by 11:00AM on Monday May 9th, 2016. Please confirm the attached address as correct should we participate. Additionally our preferred method of deliver is DHL. The mailing would obviously have our return address on it. May we assume the “Tender” should be inside with no markings on the envelope accept “Tender CT/PROC/001 (Access Two)” and you will discard the shipping material upon delivery as it would be quite voluminous? Please advise… Thank you.
According to the tender instructions, your submission must be addressed to the Procurement Board, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, Government Headquarters, Brades, Montserrat.
Your submission together with any additional attachments must be placed in sealed packaging, clearly displaying the reference CT/PROC/001 ( Access Two) and the title Sea/Air Transport Services, Invitation to Tender Response.
The outside of the package must have no bearing to the tenderer. This means two envelopes: One addressed to the Procurement Board, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, Government Headquarters, Brades, Montserrat and Two: A second envelope ( the inner one (sealed packaging) clearly displaying the reference CT/PROC/001 ( Access Two) and the title Sea/Air Transport Services, Invitation to Tender Response in which you would provide the tender submission.
2a. When are the 50 to 100 biggest and the 100 smallest travel days with the numbers in each direction?
2b: What is the subsidy Government provides to airlines? What would this figure be based on a 1 or 2 year profile overall?
2c. What is the subsidy Government provides to the ferry? What would this figure be based on a1 or 2 year profile overall?
2a. From the data we have collected over the last two years, there are a number of days in December and March where we have seen the highest passenger numbers coming into Montserrat. These days are in the second week of December and March, the days leading up to the two main festivals. The days with the highest numbers traveling from Montserrat are the first week of January and the third week of March, the days immediately after the end of the festivals. The days with highest figures would coincide with the days that Virgin Atlantic and British Airways arrive in Antigua on the same days. Lowest traveling numbers are in the Month of February and June.
2b. Over the last two years, the Government of Montserrat provided equal subsidy of $18,000 per month each, to both Fly Montserrat and SVG for a six month period. This subsidy was applied only to the two morning and two evening flights. Over the last two years approximately $432,000 in subsidy were given to both airlines.
2c. The data we collect for Access is only for the ferry operations. However, any busy period for the ferry will be the same busy period for the airlines as they coincide with holiday season.
The data is collated by a monthly or quarterly period, to identify the busiest 100 days would take a significant amount of time to identify each individual day.
The figures for the last year April 2015 to March 2016 on a month by month basis are as follows;
MNI to ANU
ANU to MNI
The last three quarters would tend to be the highest because of the summer holidays, Christmas festival and St Patrick’s festival. February, June and October tends to be the lowest months.
The Government of Montserrat Issues Weekly Cargo Schedule
On Wednesday May 4th, the Government of Montserrat issued the following weekly cargo schedule between Antigua and Montserrat.