Wed | Jan 20, 2021

UN grants funds to help vulnerable in BVI

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 11:11 AM
Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie - Contributed photo.

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC -The United Nation’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-partner Trust Funds has approved a grant of just over US$350,000 to the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

In making the announcement, Premier Andrew Fahie said the money will contribute to the Government’s Income Support Programme established for those vulnerable persons impacted financially by the pandemic.

“This financial assistance will also be accompanied by technical assistance from UNICEF, the International Labour Organisation and the World Food Programme,” said Fahie who said the territory is tightening relations with the UN amid a number of benefits that the country has lost because of Brexit.

He also revealed that in November 2020 the BVI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva, to deepen the level of cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women also collaborated with the territory to produce a COVID-19 Human and Economic Assessment of Impact (HEAT) Report, which has been used to help guide the local response to the pandemic.

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