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JA has received 1.5b Euros in development assistance from the EU in four decades

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 2:17 PM

Over the last 43 years, Jamaica has benefited from 1.5 billion Euros in development assistance from the European Union (EU).

That’s according to head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, who says the funds are primarily grant resources which have been spread across several sectors with the primary objectives of tackling poverty and achieving sustainable development.

Education, human rights awareness, security, agriculture and rural development, public financial management and private sector enhancement are some of the sectors that benefited.

Ambassador Wasilewska revealed that a significant portion of the funds has been used for infrastructure development including roads, schools and housing projects.

She noted, too, that the EU is assisting with implementation of the Justice Reform Programme aimed at improving service delivery in the justice sector “so that people would have better and quicker access to justice and more courts.”

Ambassador Wasilewska, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, said that the EU has also provided budgetary support to strengthen public financial management.

The EU remains Jamaica’s largest provider of grant resources, which means its contributions do not add to the country’s debt burden.

Ambassador Wasilewska noted that the EU does not impose its objectives on Jamaica, but works along with the Government based on the island’s development imperatives.

“We accompany and we partner on the priorities having been identified by the Government,” she explained.

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