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|HON DEREK WALCOTT|
|SIR ARTHUR LEWIS|
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Dominican agricultural officials say the country is positioning itself to make maximum use of funds being made available to ten banana-exporting nations by the European Union.
The funding of is intended to provide additional development assistance to help the countries involved adjust to new market conditions, following the erosion of the preferential market access that was previously enjoyed by the ACP group of countries through trade with Europe.
Director of Agriculture Ricky Brumant says under the BAM arrangement, Dominica will seek to make its banana production and exports more competitive, while focusing on other areas of agriculture as well.
Stakeholders in the agricultural sector were meeting on Tuesday, to help ensure that “what we say we are going to do with the money is going to bring to the country maximum benefits”.
Brumant said also that another priority would be to “place the agricultural sector, the banana sub-sector, on a plain that we can enhance competitiveness and of course move our non-banana programmes or crop programmes, production programmes to a level to where it can ensure that we are competitive not only on the regional market but also the international market”.
The agriculture official says the BAM funds being allocated to Dominica will make a significant difference.
“From a government standpoint enhancing trade is important, ensuring food security is important, these are some of the broad areas that we will look at,” Brumant said.
He confirmed that a substantial amount of the available funds is expected to go to the banana industry, to make it more competitive.
The couple is expected to arrive in St. Lucia on February 21 in time for the country’s 33rd independence celebrations.
During their one-day stay, The Royal Highnesses are expected to attend the Independence Day Parade, a cultural dance performance, visit the Association of St. Lucia Headquarters and the St. Lucia School of Music.
They will also attend receptions hosted by the island’s Governor-General and Prime Minister.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Microsoft is set to release a trial version of its touch-centric operating system to everyday computer users.
By Paul McDougall InformationWeek
February 08, 2012 05:12 PM
Sunday, February 5, 2012
|Dr. Wykeham McNeill|
This assurance has come from newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, who revealed this week that plans are afoot to re-establish local Resort Boards, to enhance governance within the sector.
In making the announcement, Minister McNeill stressed: “The boards will play a crucial role in ensuring that the management of the sector is more inclusive and participatory. We need to reestablish these boards to ensure that the voices of the people are heard. Once they are reinstated representatives of the resort boards will also be placed on the board of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo.) to ensure they play a role in the development of the sector at that level as well.”
Dr McNeill said the process toward the restructuring and re-establishment of the Resort Boards had begun and he believed that, once revamped, these boards would help significantly in ensuring that the process of developing resort areas is managed properly.”
The minister explained that: “I have realized that there is a disconnect between the administrators within the sector and the people on the ground. Unfortunately the deactivation of the Resort Boards under the previous administration has removed that critical link. We are now holding discussions in a bid to re-engage these stakeholders by reestablishing these boards.”
“The reality is that the resort boards will help to more effectively address many of the concerns shared by community members in resort areas. They will also allow us to better prioritize when addressing the issues affecting the people. Too often we implement policies that don’t really impact the people, hence we need to know what the people want and the resort boards will better enable us to determine this,” he added.