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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 countries stakeholder meeting

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
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
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 indicators 2007 2010
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 indicators 2007 20101
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
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
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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