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EU micro project phase 3 now opens

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THE European Union funded micro project scheme entered its third phase yesterday under a new name.

It’s now called the Rural Advancement Micro Project Programme (RAMP).

Launching the new programme yesterday, Minister for National Planning and Aid Coordination Steve Abana, said this is the largest of the three phases.

 “The estimated total cost of the programme is Euro 7.483 million (about $80 million) and jointly funded by the European Union and the Solomon Islands Government and from contributions from grant recipient communities under this programme,” he said.

Mr Abana said micro projects forms an important part of the European Union’s assistance to the Solomon Islands development, particularly in the rural areas in support of the CNURA government Rural Advancement Policy.

He said RAMP’s overall objective is to promote community self reliance and inclusion and contribute to improved social services and income of participating rural and urban communities in the Solomon Islands.

“The main purpose of the programme is to increase community access to more sustainable social-infrastructure and enterprise development opportunities supported by a competent network of no state actors,” Mr Abana said.

Mr Abana also said the new phase was built on lessons learnt from phase 2.

“Since RAMP was put out in the media last week it has received over 200 request proposal forms from an enthusiastic rural population. That is remarkable,” he said.

He said this is a clear indication that for this call for proposal many applications will be received and stakeholders involved in the project will have a huge workload to do.

“I wish to acknowledge the efforts that have been put together in getting this launching happen, especially for the paper work done and making this event possible,” Mr Abana said.

 He also thanked the European Union for their support to the programme.