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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 - In keeping with its mandate to provide assistance in the development of small community and other basic infrastructural projects, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) on Friday May 16, 2003 signed four contracts to the value of EC$50,000 to repair three schools, namely the St. Aloysious R.C. Boys Primary, the Odsan and Marchand Combined. Project Manager of the BNTF, Clive Hippolyte, says although these are small projects they are among a number of other projects coming on stream, as the Basic Needs Trust Fund prepares for a new phase of an additional six year programme.

According to Hippolyte, one of the components is a skills training exercise in the village of Laborie that will involve mentally challenged participants. Mr. Hippolyte stated that there are also a number of infrastructural projects to be implemented to complete the BNTF’s fourth programme spanning from 1997 to this year. Hippolyte revealed that over 9 million dollars have been spent on the completion of a number of skills and infrastructural projects during that period.

“That will make a total of one hundred and twelve projects that have been implemented of varying sizes ranging from repairs to St. Lucy’s Home; repairs to some schools and also infrastructural projects and skills training projects as well,” Hippolyte said.

According to Hippolyte, the ‘BNTF Five Programme’ will be implemented in July at the cost of over four million US dollars for the next six years. Hippolyte also indicated that it is anticipated that an additional two million dollars will come from CIDA under this BNTF Programme. BNTF officials are in the process of submitting for Cabinet approval, the Poverty Reduction Action Plan for the ‘BNTF Five Programme’ for the next six years.


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