Eight regional projects approved for EU-funded Caribbean programme

The INTERREG Caribbean committee meeting in Cayenne, French Guiana

CAYENNE, French Guiana — On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the third selection committee of the INTERREG Caribbean programme met in French Guiana to review regional projects submitted for funding consideration, of which eight were approved.

The INTERREG program is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with an allocation of €64.2 million and supports cooperative actions to strengthen economic development in the Caribbean. The Guadeloupe region provides the management authority. It is intended to support projects involving stakeholders from the outermost regions (OR) of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Saint Martin involved in partnerships with organizations in the wider Caribbean area, nearly 40 overseas countries or territories (OCTs).

On this occasion, eight projects were approved on the following topics:

1. CARES, carried by the ARS (Agence Régionale de Santé – Regional Agency of Health) Guadeloupe, St Martin and St Barthélémy, which aims to promote the medical and surgical knowhow of health institutions of the TFA (French-speaking territory of the Americas) at the Caribbean level, both with partner Caribbean states and private health care companies, ensuring a growing middle class.

Caribbean partners:

– St Maarten: St Maarten Medical Center
– St Lucia: Victoria Hospital
– Cuba: Instituto Superior de Technologias y Radiologica
– Cuba: Instituto Superior de Technologias y Ciencias Aplicadas
– Puerto Rico: University of Puerto Rico
– Dominica: Princess Margaret Hospital
– Dominican Republic: Hospital Altagracia
– Dominican Republic: Hospital Plazasalud

Tricia Barrow, political consultant at the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), stresses the importance of European funds in the context of regional cooperation with the French West Indies and French Guyana

2. Myconova Caribbean, supported by the PNRM (Regional Natural Park of Martinique) proposes the strengthening of the economic diversification of territories through the transfer of knowledge of mushroom cultivation (mycology) to develop agro-food and agro-ecological products, to promote tourism activities on this theme.

Caribbean partner:

– Cuba: Centro de Estudios de Biotecnología Industrial

3. CARIB COAST, supported by the BRGM Guadeloupe (Bureau of Geological and Mining Research) is an initiative of networking skills in the management of risks related to coastal erosion, marine submersion in order to set up monitoring actions, prevention and adaptation to climate change.

Caribbean partners:

– Trinidad and Tobago: UWI St Augustine University
– Trinidad and Tobago: Institute of Marine Affairs
– Puerto Rico: Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System
– Jamaica: UWI Jamaica
– Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

4. Caribbean Passport Amazonia Dance and Circus, supported by Métisgwa Association aims at structuring the performing arts sector by promoting cultural entrepreneurship through training activities and reinforcing the attractiveness of the Caribbean by promoting artistic products.

Caribbean partners:
– Jamaica: Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
– Delegations of Caribbean French Alliances

These four projects represent a total amount of €12.5 million, with €9.1 million from ERDF.

Eugene Petty (St Kitts and Nevis), Cooperation Development Director at CARIFORUM

This is the first time the program has awarded grants under the ERDF. It is a pilot and innovative device to finance the activities of partners from other Caribbean countries involved in a project led by the outermost regions.

This arrangement has the advantage of allowing a strengthening of the political, economic and technical dialogue between the CARICOM / CARIFORUM, the ORs (Outermost Regions) and the OCT (Overseas Countries and Territories).

Thus, six Caribbean institutions benefited from these ERDF credits:

– Regional airline LIAT based in Antigua and Discover Dominica, partners of PAIRE led by Air Antilles for the optimization of the regional air transport;

– CACCOMA, a group of technicians who develop the collection and agro-transformation of the cocoa partners of RECAVACA with the AGED (Association Guadeloupe Equitable and Sustainable) and Haiti (Les Abricots) for the marketing of cocoa and its products for sale on an upscale niche market;

– Ministry of the environment of the Dominican Republic, partner of CARI’MAM in the AGOA sanctuary for the networking of marine protected areas dedicated to the preservation of marine mammals;

– The Office of Mines and Energy and the University of Haiti, supported by the Seismological and Volcanological Observatory of Martinique for the establishment of a regional platform to better understand the climatic hazards.

These projects represent a total cost of €1.3 million from the ERDF.

To date, 15 projects have been launched on INTERREG Caraïbes, representing a total cost of €32.1 million, with €22.6 million from the ERDF.




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