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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding involving the Government of Saint Lucia, the United Nations Development Programme and the Poverty Reduction Fund has been viewed as further commitment on the part of Government, to work in tandem with the UN’s Millennium Project to combat global poverty.

Speaking at Tuesday’s (January 18th) signing ceremony, UNDP Representative Rebecca Arias said the United Nations was confident that the Government would play its role in promoting social values to help reduce poverty at the community level.

“We look forward to working with all partners in the implementation of this initiative and in making this project the key initiative, around which we can promote social development, poverty reduction, and the achievement of the Millennium Development goals. And I am sure that with the commitment of the government of Saint Lucia and in particular, the commitment of the Ministry of Social Transformation and its dynamic Minister, I am sure that we will achieve this goal,” the UNDP Representative said.

Four communities have been identified to benefit from the institutional and capacity building project for poverty reduction in Saint Lucia. They are now being assessed prior to the implementation of a series of literacy and information technology and Communication workshops.

Minister for Social Transformation, Honourable Menissa Rambally said her Ministry was cognizant that research and continuous assessment must characterize these projects: “Today we are getting the assistance of the UNDP to be able to target specifically, these vulnerable groups that we have discovered within our communities, to allow us to further reduce that percentage of our population that live below a certain line that we want to call an acceptable way of living,”


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