This important announcement has been provided by Koos Sneek from Statia about a Saba-Statia Programme.
At this moment all stakeholders such as Chamber of Commerce, Business Associations and Tourism Development Foundation are working together with the governments of both Statia and Saba to work out a program to stimulate business that will improve the self-sufficiency of the islands. Agriculture in this respect will have a prominent place. Financing for this program through the 10th European Development Fund and available Dutch funds for economic development as presently being secured.
Tentatively a strategic conference is scheduled for September 8 and 9 in order to get the program started off. Besides the mentioned stakeholders also private sector representatives in sectors such as agriculture will be invited. Expert support for the program is provided by CBI, a Dutch government agency with extensive worldwide expertise to assist with improvement of existing businesses and start up enterprises and identifying markets and business partners.