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Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - The government and people of St. Lucia are continuing to benefit handsomely, from the European Union‘s Special Framework for Assistance Programme (SFA). On Monday, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony and EU Ambassador, John Caloghirou, signed the documents to formally release 8.8 million Euros (EC$25 million).

Dr. Anthony told the Ambassador that, foreign assistance is only meaningful when it positively impacts on the lives of people. “I have said before and I want to reiterate that ultimately assistance from foreign countries must be judged on whether to improve the quality of life and here its not just an issue of sustainability, but whether there is evidence to say that lives have been changed, lives have been altered or otherwise,” said Prime Minister Anthony.

Dr. Anthony credited the EU for having changed lives, by funding the implementation of programmes which directly assisted displaced farmers, among others.

Caloghirou gave the assurance that in the European Union’s view, St. Lucia’s SFA programme is a cut above the rest and is regarded as its flagship programme which the EU hopes to use as a model for other ACP countries.

“It is important to know that it took a lot of leadership, from the government to take decisions. It took a lot of work from the people in the EDF /PMCU under the leadership of Mr. Pierre and those efforts have now come to a point where we have attained a level of commitment and a level of implementation which is the pride of the sub-region,” remarked Ambassador Caloghirou.

The fourth allocation in the Special Framework for Assistance Programme will go towards economic diversification, social recovery and the monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

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