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$36mln Power Plant Project for Montserrat Launched

BRADES, Montserrat – A 36 million Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar power plant project for Montserrat was officially launched here today.
The project, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will provide the island with a more efficient supply of power and opens the door for a transition to more renewable sources of energy.
Since the beginning of volcanic activity on Montserrat in 1995, the island has been challenged with supplying its population with power. For the past 15 years Montserrat Utilities Ltd. (MUL) has been using high speed containerised diesel generating sets to meet the electricity demand. The Gensets were designed for emergency situations and with a service life of about 10 years. In the past five years, the number of power outages has been increasing which has impacted the cost to households and businesses with electrical equipment failures. Continue reading

DFID was represented by in-country representative Kato Kimbugwe (l), Economic Adviser Rick Erlebach and Montserrat Programme Manager Karen McGeough. (GIU Photo)

Economic Roadmap must be adjusted to more realistic and achievable goals, says DFID Budget Team

BRADES, Montserrat – The Government of Montserrat (GoM) has been requested by the Department for International Development (DFID) to adjust its economic roadmap and bring it into more realistic and achievable goals. This was announced Monday by head of the DFID Mid-Year Review Team and Programme Manager for Montserrat Karen McGeough during a press conference.

McGeough said the series of projections set out by the MCAP Government in its 2009 Economic Roadmap “needed to be revised to reflect the changed economic landscape. GoM has agreed to revisit the roadmap as a matter of urgency, including setting out measures that are both realistic and achievable and have a clear link to macroeconomic performance. This is critical in relation to the UK’s offer of a strategic investment package to generate economic growth and a reduced dependence on UK financial aid in the medium term.”

DFID was represented by Karen McGeough, Economic Adviser Rick Erlebach, Governance Adviser Drew Tetlow and Private Sector Adviser and in-country representative Kato Kimbugwe. A Representative of the EU Delegation based in Barbados, Travis Mitchell, also participated in the mission. The team met with Financial Secretary Hon. John Skerritt, Budget Director Lindorna Brade, Maureen Angela Estwick from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and Deputy Governor Sarita Francis. Continue reading

Montserrat gets 10 scholarships from DFID’s annual training programme

BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat has been awarded 10 scholarships under DFID’s annual country scheme training program and become effective for the 2010/2011 academic year, which begins in September.

According to information received from the Performance Management and Development Unit, the scholarships cover study periods ranging from one year to four years in nine disciplines. Continue reading