EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT FUND SPECIAL PROJECTS SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME GAINING MOMENTUM ISLANDWIDE
Officials from the Office of the National Authorising Officer for the European Development Fund (EDF) are pleased with the response of the general public to the Special Assistance Programmes that are currently being introduced.
The Laborie Credit Union, a member of the St. Lucia Credit Union League approved three applications from small business persons under the Rural Credit Facility. The signing ceremony took place during one of the Sensitisation Meetings which was held at the Greenfields Inn, La Caye, Dennery on Friday, 21/03/03. Honourable Damian Greaves, Parliamentary Representative, Dennery South was on hand to witness the ceremony. The beneficiaries are females who will be establishing the following businesses:- 1) A Pre School, 2) Further develop a Farm, and 3) A School Supplies Outlet.
Already through the excellent cooperation of the media, information about the programmes is well disseminated. Sensitisation Meetings have so far been held in Laborie, Odsan, La Caye and Gros Islet and will be continuing over the next few weeks in the following communities:
Interest in the programmes is gaining momentum and the current list of Financial Institutions, comprising member Credit Unions of the St. Lucia Credit Union League, National Research & Development Foundation (NRDF), St. Lucia Mortgage Finance Co. Ltd, and Bank of St. Lucia will shortly be expanded to include other Commercial Banks on the island. Approximately Forty Million EC Dollars (EC$40,000,000.00) were successfully negotiated by the Government and have been earmarked for the three programmes being introduced at this time.
There are several Programmes being financed under the European Development Fund but for the moment these three initial Facilities are being promoted:
1) The Rural Credit Facility:
2) The Low Income Housing Credit Facility:
3) The Private Sector Development Programme:
Persons interested in participating in the programmes are advised to attend the meetings scheduled to be held in their communities. The Sensitisation Team will be willing to convene meetings with groups / organization upon request.
Signed: Wilfred Pierre