Thursday, May 08, 2003 - Public response to the Rural Credit Facility and
the Low Income Housing Project is said to be overwhelmingly positive. The
projects form part of the European Development Fund’s Special Assistance
Programme. Wilfred Pierre, the National Authorising Officer and his colleagues,
have been holding a series of meetings islandwide to introduce communities to
“On an average everyday we get close to around twenty persons coming and over
twenty persons calling us about the facility. We have been going all around the
island to sensitise persons. Surprisingly we got the biggest crowd in Anse La
Raye. The Anse La Raye Town Hall was packed with persons.”
According to Pierre the support of the private sector towards the Special
Assistance Programme has come as a pleasant surprise to the office of the EDF.
He commended the private sector for their commitment and involvement in the
programme as they are assisting and are willing now to provide discounts to
clients taking advantage of the programmes of the EDF.
He says the projects have also broadened the scope of the EDF and they are now
seeking to provide support services, by creating linkages with resource persons
who can provide relevant information to persons taking advantage of the
The EDF is hoping to take its next meeting on the Special Assistance Facility to
the community of Babonneau.