CDB Mission visits Grenada to boost project implementation

CDB Mission visits Grenada to boost project implementation

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St George’s, Grenada: The Government of Grenada has welcomed a Mission from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a series of engagements to drive the implementation of CDB-funded projects, assess ongoing initiatives and determine Grenada’s economic outlook.

According to the update by the Ministry of Mobilisation, Implementation and Transformation, the Grenada Education Enhancement Project (GEEP) II and the Geothermal Energy Development Project are two key projects to be appraised.

For GEEP, the Ministry of Education is facilitating supervision meetings for the remaining project components and will lead site visits to the JW Fletcher Secondary School and St. Joseph’s Convent, as well as a stakeholder engagement session on the proposed site for the new St. David’s Catholic Secondary School.

The Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment and Renewable Energy will also facilitate working group meetings and site visits for development areas under the Geothermal Energy Project, the update by the Ministry of Mobilisation, Implementation, and Transformation.

The Mission is also scheduled to meet with the Ministry of Finance’s Macro-economic Policy Units and Debt Management Unit regarding Grenada’s performance, outlook and risks, debt management strategy and ongoing initiatives.

It is to highlight that MIT is committed to monitoring, reporting and driving the implementation of the Government’s Transformation. The Ministry has always focused on the development and upliftment of Grenada and its population.

The Ministry, in collaboration with the government of Grenada, has always worked effortlessly to make Grenada a developed, climate-resilient and modern Caribbean nation.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Mobilisation, Implementation, and Transformation outlined the government’s initiative to launch the TAMCC-NEWLO Free Tuition Programme.

According to the update, more than 800 students of the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and New Life Organisation (NEWLO) gathered at the Grenada Trade Centre on Monday, 4th September 2023 for the official launch of the TAMCC-NEWLO Free Tuition Programme.

Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell, in delivering special remarks, underscored that access to quality education is critical for a transformed Grenada with improved quality of life for all people and, as such, the investment towards free tertiary tuition at the TAMCC and NEWLO level is only one measure of his government’s commitment to sustained people development on its Transformation Agenda. In congratulating the students, the Prime Minister advised students to enjoy their time at TAMCC and NEWLO while they endeavour towards a future of endless possibilities.

Accordingly, the event was also attended by the cabinet of ministers, parents, faculty staff and board members of the two institutions. Dr Ronald Brunton, Principal of TAMCC, indicated that the College has already recorded a significant increase in student intake following the grant of free tuition, while Sis Margaret Yamoah, Executive Director of NEWLO, shared that the institute has reached its maximum intake with many young people keen to benefit from its extensive skills training programme.

Sis Margaret Yamoah reminded parents that absorption of the tuition cost by the government does not absolve them completely from educational expenses but serves only as a measure to ease their financial burdens.

As such, parents were urged to continue budgeting and saving for other non-tuition education expenses which arise to ensure that students obtain all the support and materials needed to complete their programmes successfully.