EU Ambassador to visit Montserrat Tuesday for talks on 10th EDF funds and the SDP
The European Union Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mikael Barfod is expected on Montserrat by Tuesday to be a part of discussions with the Department for International Development on its budgetary package to Montserrat.
In May 2012, the Honourable Premier Reuben Meade signed an agreement to receive 10th European Development Funds (EDF) with a total of 15.66 million Euros or 55.9 million Eastern Caribbean Dollars earmarked for Montserrat over a three-year period until 2014.
The visit of Ambassador Barfod is expected to include discussions on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Plan and the progress on the Little Bay Port project, which it is co-financing.
Earlier this week, Premier Meade announced that Halcrow, the company contracted to design the new port is expected to reach the 90% phase by mid-March 2013. By June 2013, the next phase of the port must be signed off in order for the island to receive the funds allocated in the 10th EDF for the project.
The EU has a long-standing history of cooperation with Montserrat. Over the last decade, the EU has contributed grant funding of approximately EURO 24.2 million or EC$ 84.4 million to Montserrat. These funds have been used to establish the Montserrat Community College, the construction of 60 homes under the Montserrat Resettlement Programme, and support for the island’s tourism programme, among others.