Government of Montserrat: Photo Highlights The Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday March 2 2021, commissioned a new tractor. The new tractor has the ability to access and maneuver on remote and small farm plots. Photo Credit: PRO- Jenzil Skerritt Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Crenston Buffonge, Permanent Secretary Mrs. Beverly Mendes and Director of Agriculture, Melissa O’Garro is photographed next to the newly commissioned Tractor. The Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday March 2 2021, commissioned a new tractor. The new tractor has the ability to access and maneuver on remote and small farm plots. Photo Credit: PRO- Jenzil Skerritt Premier, Hon. Joseph E. Farrell was among the first set of persons to receive the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine. The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Montserrat began the process of administering the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine on Montserrat on Monday February 8, 2021. Governor, His Excellency Andrew Pearce and Premier, Hon. Joseph E. Farrell received their vaccines shortly after 11 o’clock on Monday morning. Commenting on the importance of being vaccinated, the Premier, Hon. Farrell said “I think it is so important that I take my vaccine. I know what the consequences are of an infection from the coronavirus and as a result of that I think I need to protect myself, my family and of course the citizens of Montserrat, with whom I come in contact with.” Officials from the Government of Montserrat held a ground breaking ceremony at the John A. Osborne Aiport on Tuesday January 5, 2021 to signal the start of the construction phase of the new Air Traffic Control Tower. This project is a critical infrastructure improvement project, being managed by the Ministry of Communication, Works, Energy and Labour, under the CIPREG programme. The Galloway Group is the local contractor for the project. Once completed the new Air Traffic Control Tower will replace the current control tower, and will become the tallest building on Montserrat providing modern air traffic control capabilities. UK Chief of Defence Staff visit to Montserrat – General Sir Nick Carter, UK Chief of Defence Staff, Britain’s most senior career military officer arrived on Montserrat on February 5, 2020 as part of a wider programme of Caribbean visits including Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda. During his visit he met key figures including the Governor, Premier, Cabinet members, the Commander of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force, the Commissioner of Police and various officials involved in the security of Montserrat. Regional Leaders – Premier Hon. Farrell with Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados and current Chairwoman of CARICOM at the Thirty-first Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community. February 18, 2020 Ministry of Health signs agreement for design of new national hospital, February 5, 2020 -Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Camille Thomas-Gerald (centre); (l-r front standing row) Head of the Programme Management Office, Martin Parlett; Chief Medical Officer (Ag) Dr. Sharra Greenaway-Duberry; Healthcare Development Manager, Kurt De Freitas; Head of Procurement, Harjinder Jutle, (l-r back standing row) Deputy Head, Programme Management Office, Linda Dias and Ministry of Health Officer, Deidre Allen Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Crenston Buffonge assisting with the distribution of fences to farmers, as part of the Ministry’s COVID19 response. In February 2020, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) was in the process of finalizing arrangements for St. Barth Executive’s ‘Caribmedevac’, to provide medical evacuation services (medevac) from Montserrat to other countries. As part of the approval process, ‘Caribmedevac’ conducted test landings at the John A. Osborne Airport and allowed for a tour of the aircraft. Officers in the Royal Montserrat Police Service Officers were engaged in training for new forensic equipment, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), as part of efforts to strengthen the organisations investigative capacity. Premier, Honourable Joseph E. Farrell signing the oath with Her Excellency, Governor (acting), Lyndell Simpson following general election on November 19, 2019. Her Excellency, Daniela Tramacere with Head of Section, EU Delegation Janet Coto Moreno, Premier, Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Permanent Secretary Daphne Cassell and Acting Financial Secretary, Phillip Chambers on a courtesy call at the Office of the Premier. The Deputy Governor, Hon. Lyndell Simpson laughs as she presents an award to a recipient.