Saint Lucia received biggest slice of aid among OECS countries from Japan

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Saint Lucia received biggest slice of aid among OECS countries from Japan

Saint Lucia has benefited from JPY 63.37 million in grants and JPY 27.81 million in technical assistance during the period 1983-2013, according to recent statistics.

Saint Lucia received the biggest slice of aid from Tokyo, within the seven-member sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda received funds totaling JPY81.04 million, JPY64.32 million and JPY59.93 million respectively.

Roseau received JPY65.62 million in grants and JPY15.42 million in technical assistance, while Kingstown benefitted from JPY48.58 million in grants and JPY15.74 million in technical assistance.

Tokyo’s assistance to St. John’s was in the form of JPY52.05 million in grants and J{Y7.88 million in technical assistance. Grenada received JPY66.05 million in aid during the period 1977-2013, with JPY54.68 million coming in the way of grants.

Barbados and St. Kitts-Nevis also received assistance from Tokyo with Bridgetown getting JPY12.83 million and Basseterre JPY29.51 million.

According to the figures released, Jamaica has however been the biggest beneficiary of the Japanese aid, accumulating a total of JPY639.15 for the period 1977-2013.

Jamaica would have received loans totalling JPY534.21 million, grants JPY16.98 million and technical cooperation to the tune of JPY87.96 million.

The French-speaking Caribbean island of Haiti was the second biggest recipient of aid from Tokyo, receiving JPY446.39 million for the period 1979 to 2013.Port Au Prince received most of the funds, JPY419.41 million in grants and JPY26.98 million in technical assistance.

Japan’s aid to Guyana totalled JPY155.49 million for the period 1974-2013, with JPY140.57 million in grants and JPY14.92 million in technical assistance.

The Dutch speaking Caribbean country of Suriname received JPY56.78 million with JPY49.62 million in grants and JPY7.16 million in technical assistance.

Oil rich Trinidad and Tobago received JPY30.99 million in aid from Japan with the Asian country providing JPY1.1 million in grants and the remainder in technical cooperation.

The figures show that the Bahamas received the least amount of aid from Japan, totalling a mere JPY0.52 million, with most of that figure, JPY0.46 million coming through technical assistance.

The figures were released ahead of the weekend meeting of CARICOM foreign affairs ministers and their Japanese counterpart. Japan has provided more than JPY1.7 billion (One Yen=US$0.008 cents) to 14 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries since 1975, according to figures released on Wednesday.

Officials say that the meeting on November 15 will also allow for bilateral talks to take place Tokyo which has already acknowledged that many Caribbean countries are no longer eligible for concessionary having been graduated to middle income status.

But the regional countries were told that Japan would not be turning its back on those countries and is in fact revising its Official Development Assistance (ODA) Charter to allow it to provide the assistance.

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  1. People this is a 30 year statistic. How they came up with the figures is unknown (Are the amounts the value of the money given) if considering the time value of money, etc etc. If we take it at face value that's roughly 3 million XCD for the 30 years or 100K annually. The japans assisted with a lot of fisheries equipment and building of fisheries complex which the cost of building is in excess of the funds. If the 3 million was in the past five years then we can raise and eyebrow. 30 years is too long to consider valid stats to complain about.

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  2. "Saint Lucia received the biggest slice of aid from Tokyo, within the seven-member sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)."
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    And what did we do with it? Can we point to anything substantial? The answer is NO.

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