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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Caribbean Region: Concerns over EC differentiated approach

Sir Ronald Sanders, consultant and former diplomat raises awareness of likely aid cuts to all the Caribbean countries that are members of the ACP group, with the exception of Haiti. In line with the concerns of the ACP Group, which have been raised in the light of a differentiated approach on EU aid  that is being considered by the European Commission, Mr Sanders points out: “the differentiated approach would make the status of Caribbean states as Middle Income Countries the basis for reducing aid to them”.
Speaking of  the EU assistance to Caribbean's productive sector and infrastructure, he says that this is  “an essential component of government revenues”, as it allows them to spend on social welfare programmes. “If  EU assistance is reduced, Caribbean countries can expect to see an expansion of poverty and a reduction of social welfare programmes, with an attendant increase in unemployment and violent crime.”

Source: Jamaica Observer