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Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries Stakeholder meeting. 31 March 2009. Kathrin Renner, Programme Officer EC Delegation - Trinidad and Tobago. Support for Trinidad and Tobago under Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries (AMSP).

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Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol CountriesStakeholder meeting

31 March 2009

Kathrin Renner, Programme Officer

EC Delegation - Trinidad and Tobago


Support for Trinidad and Tobago under Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries (AMSP)

EC Strategy and Multi Annual Indicative Programme (MIP)for 2007-2013

  • EC supports two strategic objectives:

    • 1. Economic Diversification

    • 2. Mitigating the adverse social, economic and environmental impacts of the reform

  • Indicative amount of € 41.643 million allocated for 2007-2010


Annual Action Plans 2007 - 2010 (AAPs)Funds to be channeled through Sector Budget Support

  • Disbursement of annual allocation in fixed tranche and variable tranche

  • Fulfilment of performance indicators: condition for disbursement of variable tranche


Performance Indicators2007- 2010

2007:

  • Agreement on the indicators for 2008-2010

  • Incentive package for the management of the impact of the National Adaptation Strategy on sugar farmers approved by Government

  • Establishment of training needs assessment and training plan

  • Conclusion of Strategic Environment Assessment

  • Initialisation of baseline socio-economic and demographic study

    2008:

  • Completion of training programmes for farmer-relevant activities

  • Procedural framework for regularizing the status of farmers who squat on Caroni lands approved by the Ministerial Committee Responsible for the Restructuring of Caroni (1975) Limited

  • Compensation payments to 9,000 former employees of Caroni completed

  • Compensation payment of TT$82 million to more than 3,000 farmers completed


Performance Indicators2007- 2010

2009:

  • 5,000 former employees of Caroni have been offered leases for 2-acre sized plots

  • Access roads constructed for 17 agricultural estates with 28 sub-divisions

  • Action plan to construct access roads for other identified agricultural states prepared and include in the FY’10 budget

  • Revised agricultural incentive programme adopted by Cabinet

  • Review of conclusions of the SEA with a view to establishing an Environmental Stability Programme for the former Caroni lands

    2010:

  • Four mega farms established on lands formerly owned by Caroni (1975) Limited in production

  • Revision of Environmental Stability Plan by the EMA and recommendation of a programme of action to the Government

  • Purchase of pension annuities for former employees of Caroni completed

  • Action plan to combat praedial larceny adopted by Cabinet


State of Play

  • Financing Agreement 2007 signed by GoRTT in August 2008

  • GoRTT requested disbursement of first fixed tranche (€2.2 mio.)

  • Financing Agreement 2008 submitted to GoRTT for signature

  • AAP 2009 agreed with GoRTT and under discussion in EC Headquarters


NEXT STEPS

  • Disbursement of fixed tranche 2007

  • Evaluation of fulfilment of indicators 2007 and fixing of final amount

  • Signature of Financing Agreement 2008

  • Stakeholders consultation meeting


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