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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - A new avenue for overseas assistance was formally introduced to members of government and civil society, here on Friday, March 7th, 2003. The Commonwealth Service Abroad Programme (CSAP), a new initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat, has invited proposals from Saint Lucia for assistance in implementing projects that require technical and expert assistance.

Chief Programme Officer of CSAP Praveen Sardana explained that his visit to Saint Lucia was primarily to create sensitization about the programme. “What we do is that we catalyse the Commonwealth Corporation by bringing expertise from other countries to Saint Lucia on projects that have mass impact, but it works in two ways because we also draw upon expertise from Saint Lucia to help other countries,” explained Sardana, adding that the programme is totally dependent on volunteerism.

According to CSAP’s criteria for providing support, all projects
must be people oriented, have mass impact and contribute to millennium goals such as the eradication of poverty, development of education, youth and women, and the conservation of the environment and heritage.

The head of CSAP says that one of the strengths of the programme is in the area of application of new technologies. Many of its current projects in other countries are web based and utilize advanced technology applications.

The Commonwealth Service Abroad Programme has a Point of Contact in Saint Lucia in the person of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning.

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