BNTF-5 PROGRAM injects millions into social development projects in Dominica

Samuel Maxwell

Come December 2011, Dominica would have benefitted from a total of 92 sub projects under the BNTF-5 Programme. 59 of those projects fell in the category of infrastructure valued at four point $6-million.

The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF-5) Programme is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Government of Dominica.

Operations Officer of the Caribbean Development Bank, Samuel Maxwell, on a recent visit to the island disclosed that a total of $5.05 million have been spent on projects across the island.

Some of the projects completed under the BNTF-5 Programme included the construction of the Clifton Health Centre, the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School and the Morne Savon water supply project.

“Alas, the BNTF-5 Programme draws to a close. The terminal disbursement date is December 31st of this year. By then, the total of $5.05 million dollars comprised of grant funds and 20 percent counterpart provided by the Government of Dominica will have been spent. I trust that we will all be able to honestly say that the outcomes of all interventions made under that programme, BNTF-5, were beneficial.”

Two other sub projects in Giraudel are currently under implementation and are expected to be completed by December 2011.

Maxwell said that enhancement of skills continues to be the hallmark of all BNTF programmes. The CDB has agreed to fund a special training programme for contractors on the island later this month. The training programme will be spearheaded by the local BNTF office.

“The bank has recently determined that further intervention, jointly sponsored by the BNTF and the Caribbean Technology Consultancy Services Network of CDB, will be undertaken commencing April 18th in Roseau. A workshop is to be financed through the BNTF regional budget held by the CDB and on this occasion, specifically target all of these builders and small contractors like Mr. Nanthon that have participated in the success of BNTF-5. The BNTF-5, in accordance with its mission statement continues its focus on persons such as these in its quest to improve their skills in the management of contracts. A suitable computer-based tool will be introduced to the participants and it is our hope that those persons participating will eventually use it to the full advantage in future response to tenders for BNTF infrastructural projects and perhaps even larger local projects,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the BNTF-6 Programme has already commenced in Dominica. That agreement was signed in February 2009 by the Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
A total of $7.1 million will be spent on a number of projects island-wide under the sixth programme of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF).

The new phase of the fund will focus on projects involving water supply systems, educational facilities, access, skills training, health and vulnerable groups.

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7 Comments

  1. G's up
    April 17, 2011

    the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
    — Benjamin Franklin

  2. One Love
    April 17, 2011

    8-O De PM not in God business with all you boss ; just check his words about de red clinic “what you expect people do pray to god? when I am there?”

  3. Dont worry
    April 16, 2011

    A friend of mine told me that her elderly aunt who benefited from the yes we care died recently, and the day before she died, she heard her aunt muttering something. When she asked her what she wanted she answered I praying for the pm for sending people to take care of me. Imagine the lady not asking for forgiveness for her sins, she died blessing the pm. These prayers must be heard. DONT WORRY BE HAPPY.

    • One Love
      April 17, 2011

      8-O So if the NIECE was there it means the lady has\has plenty family so WHY USE THE “YES WE CARE” programme? – Ah those greedy labourites

  4. ?????
    April 15, 2011

    “The new phase of the fund will focus on projects involving water supply systems, educational facilities, access, skills training, health and vulnerable groups.”

    This should have been highlighted in my previous comment as well.

  5. ?????
    April 15, 2011

    “Meanwhile, the BNTF-6 Programme has already commenced in Dominica. That agreement was signed in February 2009 by the Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
    A total of $7.1 million will be spent on a number of projects island-wide under the sixth programme of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF)”

    Go PM Go .. Father who art in Heaven .. give him wisdom and understanding . Protect him and since you are aware that there are those who need the assistance under the Basic needs .. we the people of this nation and who feareth the Lord who made Heaven and Earth who has asked us to pray for our leaders .. we will continue to do so. PM just turn to the Lord for guidance… Let him be a lamp for your feet.. Let him guide you in your day to day activities. Look and seek his face .. He is a mighty king of kings .. Praise him daily and call on him as soon as you wake up and place your adgenda before him.

    Do not take to heart all the negativity that is swarming around you. The enemy is raging and this is only to make you lose your focus on the Lord and yoru next job – country building . Hold you head up high and he will highly reward you since your focus is on the unortunate and downtrodden; to raise the social status of our citizens. Just continue to put your trust in him. It is a formidabe task but the Freat I am will see you through .. Just trust in him!

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