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€ 1.8 million Project launched to build capacity in Regional Civil Society

| 2016-07-04 00:00:00

Some of the region’s foremost civil society actors, academics, and trade unionists gathered at a gala dinner held at the Princess Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana as the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) officially launched its Support to Facilitate Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in the Regional Integration Process Project. Project Coordinator, Mr. Richard Jones, told those present that the European Union would fund the Project to the tune of almost € 1.8 million. He pointed out that the Project would build capacity in civil society through training in leadership and project management skills while providing grants to support vulnerable groups such as women and children in the Caribbean.

Dr. Cristobal Delgado of the Delegation of European Union to Guyana, also speaking at the launch of the project, noted the importance of a strong civil society for regional development and expressed the European Union’s gratification in being involved in a project intended to effect widespread positive social change.

Mr. Eugene Petty, Director of Development Cooperation, CARIFORUM Directorate, made brief remarks as well in which he observed that the Project was an outcome of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Capacity-Building Project. Civil society is expected to play a major in the implementation of the the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Thus, the Project is expected to help develop a civil society that is better equipped to fulfill this mandate.

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