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By Zena Henry Finance Minister Ashni Singh yesterday boasted about the great successes of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) and urged that more needs to be done to highlight the organization’s work. He was speaking at the organization’s seventh operating cycle launch which was held at the Duke Lodge in Kingston, Georgetown.CDB President Dr. William Warren Smith (left) and Finance Minister Ashni Singh exchange greetingsUnder the theme, ‘Adding value and Strength to our communities,’ participants were reminded of benefits and rewards through the BNTF’s intervention in community development; a quest to provide basic needs to citizens unable to access it. The launch was graced by the presence of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) President, Dr. William Warren Smith. The bank will be making available funds which will contribute to a total of US$7.1M for the seventh cycle.The BNTF programme is tasked with providing resources to poor communities in order to improve access to basic public services and enhance employability which could reduce beneficiaries’ economic and social vulnerability to risks that impact on income and wellbeing.Two beneficiaries, Albert James from Leguan and Soonita Ranjit, principal of the Bath Nursery School on the West Coast of Berbice,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, related their success stories. Giving thanks to the Finance Ministry which chairs the BNTF operations and to the CDB which started the BNTF in 1979, James testified that he is now computer literate because of the organization’s intervention.He stated that the information technology programme was brought to his region and he used the opportunity to educate himself. Now he is able to offer voluntary IT tutoring services to persons wishing to use the computer, and also able to earn money by document preparation via computer.Ranjit submitted that her nursery school was built through the BNTF. She explained that while the nursery school was housed at the primary school, it was congested and students were not as comfortable and able to learn as they ought to. Thanks to the needs programme, she said that the nursery was built and an increase in performances and response to schooling was noticed from the youngsters.Minister Singh aired that the testimonies were only two of the many magnificent signs that progress is being made by the CDB-funded programme, while alluding to several others. He spoke about continued advancement in road works; construction and repairs, building construction, the implementation of basic needs and especially,Kurt Warner Cardinals Jersey, of the provision of IT services.To road construction, he said,Wholesale Jerseys China, “it is a pleasure to hear residents speak of the difference roads are making; with the ease, their children are able to go to school and with the ease goods are able to get into the community”.“I’ve seen the technical and vocational educational training project which has constructed two major centres at Leonora and Mahaicony, and has upgraded and equipped many other technical and vocational centres around the country. Thousands of children benefit from these projects.”“The significance of these interventions is not fully grasped,” the Minister opined.He charged that better documentation of these projects and its success should be kept in order to highlight the extremely important contribution that the bank and the fund are making.  Before taking his leave, the Minister reiterated sincerest gratitude to the CDB, reiterating that Guyana is the largest beneficiary of the bank’s soft loans.The CDB president also stated that Guyana benefited from the largest proportion of loans and grants to countries qualifying for the CDB- BNTF programme. He charged that since the funding of the bank in 1970 to 2012, Guyana received some $165M in Special Development Fund (SDF) loans at 2 percent, repayable over 30 years, with 10 years for the repayment of principals.  That is 15 percent of CDB’s SDF loans to SDF countries. The country has also received a total of $35M of grant funds or 11 percent of all SDF grant resources approved to CDB borrowing member countries, which was allocated to the BNTF.Added to the US$6.IM, Guyana is contributing some $1M in counterpart resources; bringing the seventh cycle funding to US$7.1M. The country is also receiving 12 percent of the CDB’s BNTF seventh allocation of US$51.7M.Smith described the Guyana- CDB relationship as being very successful, but not as satisfying as the BNTF partnership. “We like to say that this is our flagship programme that directs poverty reduction because it positively impacts people’s lives.”Smith further noted that the moneys to Guyana demonstrate the high priority placed on helping the country make great strides in social development,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, “even as your economic performance leads the rest of the Caribbean,” he flattered.The CDB president further noted the satisfaction of increased and improved development of IT labs across the country,Nike Air Max 98 Gundam 2018, while noting that high priority will be placed on citizen security programmes,NFL Jerseys From China, and environmental enhancement for increased investments in the country. Emphasis on building resilience to natural hazards will also become visible in the new phase of the BNTF.As a request for value for money demanded by citizens, Smith said, the parties involved must guarantee this.“The tax payers providing these funds are insisting on value for money as they put it. We must be able to demonstrate that we have used our resources well. The president said the BNTF is a people-centred, people-driven programme. Don’t wait for your ship to come, swim out to it,” he urged.
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