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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

EU Providing Support for Sugar-Dependent Areas

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, says that since 2013, the union has provided over Euros 30 million for programmes aimed at improving the livelihood of people, who reside in sugar-dependent areas. The support has been provided under the EU’s Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries, Jamaica (AMS 2013) Project, which is being implemented through the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) of the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry. The money has gone towards the repair of roads, the introduction of social programmes, training, provision of sporting facilities, and entrepreneurial support. Recently, an $11 million contract was signed with the University of Technology (UTech) to facilitate the establishment of at least 80 business ventures. “In light of the pending changes in respect of sugar market prices and the potential impact on your communities, we have been supporting a number of initiatives, which are spearheaded by the Government to advance diversification and create new opportunities for residents,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.

Source: Jamaica Information Services