The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is in the final stages of operationalising a USD 6.7 million grant from the European Union (EU), 11th European Development Fund: B-envelope programme.
The grant shall be managed by the World Bank through the ongoing Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.
The agreements between the EU and the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and between the EU and the World Bank, were signed on 6th May and 13th September 2016, respectively.
His Excellency Baushuan Ger, Taiwan's Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, handed over a cheque for USD$50,000.00 to Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, as a contribution to disaster relief efforts following the recent trough system.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is among nine countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Suriname, to benefit from US$33,000,000., which will go toward the financing of sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean.
The funds are being provided by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), under a Credit Facility Agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment confirms a new case of Zika in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, bringing the total number of local patients diagnosed with the virus to three.
The patient is a 35 year old female of Bequia.
Following the first laboratory confirmed case of Zika virus infection in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, through its Zika Action Committee, implemented its locale specific response as part of its intensified targeted approach to effectively tackle the Aedes Agyepti mosquito vector of the Zika Virus.