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St Helena : DAPM: 2014-15 AIDE MEMOIRE AGREED FOR ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 25.01.2014 (Article Archived on 22.02.2014)

The visiting Department for International Development (DfID) Development Aid Planning Mission (DAPM) and the St Helena Government have this morning (Saturday) signed the 2014-15 Aide Memoire (AM). The document was signed by HE Governor Capes and DfID Deputy Head of the Overseas Territories Department, Dr Kenny Dick.

DAPM: 2014-15 AIDE MEMOIRE AGREED

The visiting Department for International Development (DfID) Development Aid Planning Mission (DAPM) and the St Helena Government have this morning (Saturday) signed the 2014-15 Aide Memoire (AM). The document was signed by HE Governor Capes and DfID Deputy Head of the Overseas Territories Department, Dr Kenny Dick.

The DfID team, on-Island from 11-18 January 2014, reached agreement with the SHG team, which included the five ExCo Members, after eight days of intensive talks. The DfID team comprised Deputy Head of the Overseas Territories Department, Dr Kenny Dick, Senior Social Development Adviser, Dr Mary Thompson, and Senior Economic Adviser Doug Winslow (who arrived earlier than his colleagues, on 4 January, for preliminary discussions). Councillor Les Baldwin, Chairman of the Social and Community Development Committee, headed up the Councillor team.


Discussions focused on SHG’s and Enterprise St Helena’s performance, spending and outputs in the current financial year - and the budget proposed by SHG for financial year 2014-15. There were also discussions around specific areas, including social welfare, health, education, policing, shipping, air access future needs and overall economic development.

All participants this year have remarked on the close working relationships and co-operation between DfID, SHG officials and Councillors.
The Aide Memoire finalises the draft budget for the financial year 2014-2015. Headlines include:

A good and positive result for the Island in a very difficult global economic climate

DFID officials will recommend for Ministerial approval a Grant in Aid package for 2014/15 of £13.55 million, up slightly on the £13.4 million in 2013/14

SHG domestic revenue for 2014/15 is forecast to increase strongly, reflecting growth in St Helena’s economy

Highlights include:
Economic Development. The AM says that closer working relations between SHG and Enterprise St Helena must continue, to ensure that the Airport’s potential to transform the Island’s economy is fully realised. We must ensure that economic development is inclusive and that all Islanders can participate in the benefits of air access

 

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