Guyana must satisfy new EU rules

before accessing sea defence funding

  • Friday, 31 January 2014 20:50

Violent Atlantic Ocean high tide slamming and overtopping Guyana's sea defence.

Violent Atlantic Ocean high tide slamming and overtopping Guyana's sea defence.

 
The European Union (EU) on Friday announced strict rules before Guyana could begin drawing down funds to strengthen its sea and river defence systems.

The 10th European Development Fund (EDF) has allocated 14.8 million Euros to Guyana’s Sea and River Defence Sector Budget Support Programme.

However, the European Delegation here outlined a series of steps that the Guyana government would have to take before the money is released to beat back the sea and rivers.

The EU said Guyana would first have to invest GUY$5.5 billion into the sector over the next three years to prepare the groundwork and so satisfy the eligibility criteria and qualify for disbursements amounting to 14.8 million Euros.

“In order for Guyana to qualify for financial disbursement under the 10th EDF Financing Agreement, the Sea and River Defence Sector would have to satisfy specific performance criteria in investment and performance targets, including detailed annual implementation plan, capacity building plan, annual condition surveys of all 160 km of manmade sea defences and implementation of an Annual Infrastructure Programme as outlined in the Sector Policy Implementation Plan,” said the EU in a statement.

The agreement was signed by Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh. The Agreement was signed in EU HQ in Brussels by Ms. Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and Caribbean of the European Commission's Directorate for Development and Cooperation (DEVCO).

Witnessing Singh’s signing were Head of the EU Delegation to Guyana, Ambassador Robert Kopecký and Minister of Public Works and Communications, Hon. Minister Robeson Benn.

Guyana's topography renders it vulnerable to natural risks related to climate change and sea level rise as most of the country's key assets are located in vulnerable low-lying areas and are protected by sea defences.  All of the country’s towns and major settlements and the vast majority of all ‘non–mining’ industrial activities, including agriculture and other economic activities are undertaken within the 425 km coastal zone - a fertile agricultural belt where it is estimated that 90% of the population resides. Much of this coastal plain lies at elevations between 0.5 m and 0.7 metres above mean sea level, but it is threatened by tides which rise to 1.6 meters above mean sea level.

The EU noted that the Guyana government continues to invest extensive resources into this sector to protect and maintain the structural integrity of the sea and river defence infrastructures and advancing sustainable shore zone management systems in Guyana, and have been partnering with the EU to protect and maintain the structural integrity of these systems. Over the past 5 years GoG has invested over G$13.3 B through its PSIP and Foreign investments  into this sector.  Also, Government continue to adopt and place high on its agenda alternative measures that will help to mitigate the effects of emergencies.
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Originally Posted by Billy Ram Balgobin:

Are those corrupted officials in Mayor and City Coucil part of the PPP?


The Corrupt PPP/C is happy with them or they would have called elections ever since.........the Mayor and City Council is being used as a scapegoat, that is the Corrupt PPP/C can find someone to blame, when the shit hit the ceiling.
Bai like you fail to realize that the current PPP/C is not what it was years ago, this bunch that calls themselves the PPP/C would seems like a bunch of thieves and crooks.

Anyone who lives in Guyana and is well aware of the happenings in the political arena of city of G/town knows that the loggerhead between the PPP and the Mayor and City Council is not a show to hide any sort of secret alliance between the two. The PPP gov't poured billions into the coffers of the City, however, most of the money is   diverted into the pockets of the oppositon who are on TV everyday issuing condemnation and preaching hate based on lies. PNC leaders can be seen dining in the finest restaurants and driving expensive vehicles. They can afford to buy time on television stations. Where do they get the money to maintain their high life in the opposition? Thanks to the phantom payroll in the Mayor and City Council. 800 fake names provide a $US 2 million to the oppositon so they can continue their struggle to back into office so can do alot more about corruption- give us more corruption. Is that what the Guyanese people? I think not.

“In order for Guyana to qualify for financial disbursement under the 10th EDF Financing Agreement, the Sea and River Defence Sector would have to satisfy specific performance criteria in investment and performance targets, including detailed annual implementation plan, capacity building plan, annual condition surveys of all 160 km of manmade sea defences and implementation of an Annual Infrastructure Programme as outlined in the Sector Policy Implementation Plan,” said the EU in a statement.


The agreement was signed by Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh. The Agreement was signed in EU HQ in Brussels by Ms. Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and Caribbean of the European Commission's Directorate for Development and Cooperation (DEVCO).

Standard procedures, similar to EU agreements for other countries, specific to the project(s) in Guyana.

Originally Posted by Billy Ram Balgobin:

Tell us what kind of trust and confidence the European Community has in the opposition.

I am sure they have little trust in this one... The US is installing strict rules against them as well... Guyana is so monumentally corrupt it is sickening. This is a former old head PPPite speaking of jagdeo "

I am always struck with how rich he has become.  I know when I met him he did not have anything; he did not have a bicycle, scooter a motor bike or a car or nothing…Now he is a very rich man. I do not want to say he is a corrupt man or that he made any money stealing but I do know he is now a very very rich man."

Originally Posted by Billy Ram Balgobin:

Anyone who lives in Guyana and is well aware of the happenings in the political arena of city of G/town knows that the loggerhead between the PPP and the Mayor and City Council is not a show to hide any sort of secret alliance between the two. The PPP gov't poured billions into the coffers of the City, however, most of the money is   diverted into the pockets of the oppositon who are on TV everyday issuing condemnation and preaching hate based on lies. PNC leaders can be seen dining in the finest restaurants and driving expensive vehicles. They can afford to buy time on television stations. Where do they get the money to maintain their high life in the opposition? Thanks to the phantom payroll in the Mayor and City Council. 800 fake names provide a $US 2 million to the oppositon so they can continue their struggle to back into office so can do alot more about corruption- give us more corruption. Is that what the Guyanese people? I think not.

can i find anyone of them living in pradoville

Originally Posted by Danyael:
Originally Posted by Billy Ram Balgobin:

Tell us what kind of trust and confidence the European Community has in the opposition.

I am sure they have little trust in this one... The US is installing strict rules against them as well... Guyana is so monumentally corrupt it is sickening. This is a former old head PPPite speaking of jagdeo "

I am always struck with how rich he has become.  I know when I met him he did not have anything; he did not have a bicycle, scooter a motor bike or a car or nothing…Now he is a very rich man. I do not want to say he is a corrupt man or that he made any money stealing but I do know he is now a very very rich man."

he find the hen that lay the golden eggs

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