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EU provides budgetary assistance for St Kitts-Nevis
Published on January 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis has received EC$23 million in budgetary assistance from the European Union, according to Barbados-based European official, Ambassador Mikael Barford.

Speaking on state-owned ZIZ Radio on Tuesday, Barford said EU funds were being channeled into a number of area including education, hospital rehabilitation, safety and security, and social policy planning. Government renewable energy programmes are also expected to receive European Union funding. The ambassador disclosed that the funds were “paid a couple of weeks ago”.

“And that is really the evidence of the EU’s commitment to support St Kitts and Nevis in this very challenging and financial economic environment you are in,” he said.

Barford described the EU as Basseterre’s largest donor of grant aid.

“And since 2007 the St Kitts and Nevis/EU Cooperation programme has been worth no less than 75 million euros, which is around about EC$280 million,” he explained to a local radio audience.

According to a government release, the EU ambassador, who is accredited to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, was in the federation to participate in a ground breaking ceremony for a new multi-purpose training centre for the security forces.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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