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CDB, UK sign agreement to add £30 million to Caribbean infrastructure fund

by: - August 8, 2018
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), have signed an agreement which will add GBP30 million (mn) to the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). The agreement was signed on the sidelines of CDB’s board of directors meeting on July 26, 2018.

The majority of the funds will be used to establish a reconstruction window, to respond to emergencies and natural disasters, with resources earmarked for Dominica and Barbuda. A portion of the grant funding will also be used for monitoring and evaluation.

UKCIF was established to drive inclusive economic growth and development across the Caribbean, through the provision of vital infrastructure. All projects must build resilience to climate change.

“Recovery and reconstruction after a natural disaster can negatively impact a country’s budget. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season caused significant damage and destruction in some of the UKCIF-eligible countries, and these additional funds are to assist Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda recover from the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Monica La Bennett, vice-president (operations), CDB.

UKCIF provides grant financing to eight Caribbean countries eligible for official development assistance, and UK Overseas Territory, Montserrat, and is administered by CDB. The original amount of £300 million has been fully committed to projects, which will be undertaken in these countries.

Capital projects approved to date include the rehabilitation of the Sir George Walter Highway and the Friars Hill Road in Antigua and Barbuda, development of the port at Little Bay, Montserrat, and the Essex Valley Agricultural Development Project, Jamaica.

Feasibility studies and design preparation are ongoing in Belize, Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines while procurement activities to hire consultants to undertake similar services are underway for St Lucia, Grenada and Guyana.