CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados – Current chair of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and Honourable Ministry of Agriculture Claude Hogan, says Montserrat stands to benefit from the CARICOM Development Fund once it accedes to it.
Minister Hogan was speaking at the Fifth Meeting of Contributors and Development Partners of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) held at ACCRA Beach Hotel & Spa in Barbados on Tuesday September 22, 2015. Under the theme “CDF’s Transition to the 2nd Funding Cycle – Targeted, Innovative and Dynamic” the chair announced that Montserrat was poised to join the fund in this new cycle.
“We have declared Montserrat as a Region of CARICOM, having special and differential needs as a full member of both the OECS and CARICOM and the Premier of Montserrat at the last Heads of Government declared Montserrat’s intention to accede to membership of the CDF.
“For the future, Montserrat needs to draw on both material and human capital to progress physical rebuilding and population growth relying on growth in several economic clusters using public-private partnership approaches, as far as possible, in our quest to make the private sector the engine of growth and the efficient provider of services. These clusters are: Port Development; Town Development; Housing; Hospital; New High School; Geothermal; Fibre-optic; Mining: Quarry, Tug and Barge; Finance and Professional Services; Tourism Services,” explained the COTED chairman.
Minister Hogan explained that the CDF is to receive from the European Union, USA, Turkey, Japan, China, and Trinidad and Tobago in the new cycle.
In his address, he noted that the CDF is a regional financial institution specifically dedicated to addressing the adverse social and economic dislocation arising from the operations of the CSME; pre-existing structural disadvantages as well as facilitate businesses in the disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors to take full advantage of new opportunities within the CSME and externally.
“The ultimate aim is to improve the lives of the people and to assist in reducing the level of disparities in the region. Unlike the other financing agencies in the region, this is their sole responsibility – an ambitious long term goal.”
The COTED Chair also shared the findings of the independent evaluation of the first cycle of the CDF.