Executive Council met yesterday afternoon with just one item on the Open Agenda – the Investment Strategy April 2019 – which had been deferred from the previous meeting held on 16 April.

The Investment Strategy seeks to encourage investment where it contributes to the Sustainable Economic Development Plan goals. It is concerned with the practicalities of investment and sets out the process for investors to access incentives.

Both resident and non-resident investors have and continue to provide key contributions to the St Helena economy. In future, investment by both types of investors will contribute to economic growth and development.

Council noted that Enterprise St Helena is also in the process of developing an Investment Prospectus which will also help potential investors in terms of identifying properties which represent an investment opportunity.

Executive Council was pleased to approve the Investment Strategy, a copy of which can be found on the Investors page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/investors/

ExCo

24 April 2019

Personnel from the Environment, Natural Resources & Planning Directorate (ENRPD)  and the Saint Helena National Trust (SHNT) recently had the opportunity to take part in the St Helena ‘Train The Trainer’ (TTT) Course.

The TTT course, delivered by Leigh Morris (a consultant working for the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD), was a four-day programme targeted at people working in the environmental/land-based sector on St Helena. The course is designed, regardless of people’s previous experience, to develop their skills to become more confident and effective communicators, trainers and teachers, through an immersive, interactive programme.

The 12 participants on the course included people who will take the lead in delivering the TTT course on-Island in the future. The course saw participants taking part in discussions, teaching observations and a range of classroom exercises on the following topics:

  • Lesson/session planning
  • Presentation skills
  • Reflection and self-analysis
  • Learning styles & adapting training to suit different styles
  • Engaging with audience’ use of questions
  • Teaching a practical skill
  • Team Teaching

The final day of the TTT Course took place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at ANRD, Scotland, with participants each delivering their second individual micro-teach session to the rest of their class, on aspects of their work. The session’s topics ranged from calibrating a knapsack spray to calculating gross margins for crops, and from grading timber to how to record weather data.

Agricultural Development Officer, Andy Timm, commented:

“Overall, it was a brilliant course, and I am confident that the participants learnt a lot and will use the skills and knowledge gained in their current job roles.”

The participants will receive their TTT certificates from Acting Director of ENRPD, Darren Duncan, at a presentation at Scotland on 1 May 2019.

Notes to Editor

The need for the TTT course was a key recommendation of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) carried out in 2018, the full report of which is available on the SHG website here: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Agriculture-Training-Needs-Analysis-Report-Oct-2018.pdf

TTT Course Tutor, Leigh Morris, developed the course when he was based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), to better enable botanists and horticulturists to pass on their knowledge and skills. He developed the TTT Course further in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), who subsequently used the course to train staff across all their gardens. Leigh has previously delivered the TTT course at RBGE, RHS, and at other botanic gardens around the world.

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23 April 2019

The UK Home Secretary has opened a scheme to compensate members of the ‘Windrush generation’ who were unable to prove their right to live in the UK.

The scheme, which was designed in consultation with those affected and will have independent oversight, is the latest step in the UK Government’s commitment to right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation.

It will provide payments to eligible individuals who did not have the right documentation to prove their status in the UK and suffered adverse effects on their life as a result. These could range from a loss of employment or access to housing, education or NHS healthcare to emotional distress or a deterioration in mental and physical health.

The scheme is open to anyone from any nationality who has the right to live or work in the UK without any restrictions or is now a British Citizen, and arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988. It is also open to anyone from a Commonwealth country who arrived and settled in the UK before 1973. Certain children and grandchildren of those arriving before 1973 and some close family members may also be eligible to apply.

People who were wrongfully detained or removed from the UK could also be able to make a claim.

St Helena Government is not aware of any St Helenians who have been affected by Windrush or who would be eligible for compensation. However, in the event that anyone has been affected, please do refer to the scheme guidelines for further information.

Further information on the Windrush Compensation Scheme including the guidelines and claim form can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/windrush-compensation.

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23 April 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the Police Directorate:

St Helena Police are currently investigating damage to a boat at the Jamestown Wharf which occurred at around 11pm on Sunday, 7 April 2019.

The boat, which was undergoing maintenance at the time, was hit by a vehicle.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626 regardless of how minor they may consider their information.

The community is thanked for their continued assistance.

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23 April 2019

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The following is a Public Announcement from Port Control:

Jamestown Wharf

Port Control would like to advise that the Jamestown Wharf will open to the public as normal from 4pm today, Thursday 18 April 2019. All ‘break bulk’ cargo has now been cleared from the Wharf and Port Control would like to thank Merchants and other parties for clearing the area in time for the Wharf to open for the Easter weekend.

Rupert’s Wharf

Rupert’s Wharf and beach is now open to the public until midnight on Friday, 19 April 2019. Thereafter, Rupert’s Wharf including the beach area, will be closed to the public over the Easter weekend for the arrival of the fuel tanker and fuel operations to take place.

Emergency Services will be granted access to Rupert’s Wharf and beach area at all times.

The public will be informed as to when Rupert’s will reopen to the public.

 SHG
18 April 2019

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At around 9.30am today, Thursday 18 April 2019, a silver ford fiesta car, registration number 2969, belonging to Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc was stolen.

The driver was travelling through the Rock Rose area when they had to stop to remove some concrete blocks obstructing the road. While the driver was removing the blocks a male person took the vehicle.

St Helena Police are investigating the incident and asks any member of the public if they see this vehicle to please report it to Police Headquarters on tel: 22626 or the emergency line: 999. Please do not approach the vehicle or any of its occupants.

This incident is in the early stages of investigation and any information about the vehicle or this incident should immediately be reported to Police.

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SHG
18 April 2019

Executive Council met on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, with three items on the Open Agenda.

The first two items – the Investment Strategy April 2019 and the Rules of Procedure of the Executive Council and the Duties of Members and the Clerk of Councils – were deferred to later meetings allowing for additional information to be provided.

The SHG financial statements for 2017/18 were then presented by the Financial Secretary, these were the seventh set of financial statements prepared in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).  The accounts continue to show an improvement year on year with three qualifications from the 2016/17 financial statements being cleared in 2017/18 and with two legacy qualifications remaining.  In 2017/18 two new qualifications have been given by the Chief Auditor on the fair presentation of the statements.

The Chief Auditor presented his Audit Management Letter, outlining the challenges encountered during the audit and the areas that have resulted in a qualification.  The Chief Auditor also outlined his recommendations arising from the audit and Executive Council noted the responses given by the Financial Secretary as to how these recommendations will be addressed.

After much deliberation, Members supported the Financial Secretary’s recommendation to approve the financial statements and thanked both the Corporate Finance and St Helena Audit Service teams for their hard work in bringing the audit process to a conclusion.

Members were keen to point out the importance of having audited financial statements for greater accountability and transparency on public spending.  Good Governance is essential in a modern democratic society. The financial statements and the Chief Auditor’s Management Letter will be laid upon the table at the next formal Legislative Council meeting and thereafter be scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee.

The meeting concluded at around 12.45pm.

Notes to Editors

The SHG Financial Statements for 2017/18 are now available on the Finance page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/finance/

A photo of the Financial Secretary and Chief Auditor signing the Financial Statements is attached to this report.

ExCo

18 April 2019

In a bulletin issued from the St Helena Statistics Office today, new estimates of the St Helena Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the total value of all the goods and services produced on St Helena during a year, for 2017/18 was £42.4 million or £9,220 per person.  When price inflation is taken into account, this is a slight fall of 1.7% from 2016/17.

When converted to US dollars using standard exchange rates, GDP per capita was around $12,230 in 2017/18. Other countries with similar levels of GDP per capita include Croatia, Palau, Costa Rica, and American Samoa.

Government Services contributed the most to St Helena’s GDP, at £18.5 million, or 50% of total Gross Value Added. Wholesale and Retail Trade (including Motor Vehicle Repair and Transport) is the second largest sector, contributing around 19% of total Gross Value Added, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the smallest.

The bulletin shows that the economy grew strongly in 2015/16 by 5.1%, when airport construction was still underway, but it shrank the following year (2016/17) by 7.1% following completion of the majority of the airport construction.

The full Statistical Bulletin can be found on the St Helena Government website here:  http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistical-bulletin-no-5-2019-gdp/ detailed data can be accessed in Excel format from the ‘GDP’ file at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics-data.

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SHG
17 April 2019

The St Helena Sea Rescue Service is currently creating a database of all Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) on the Island.

Being able to identify a vessel is important when putting together a response & search plan. For example, if a vessel’s EPIRB is activated but its position is not picked up, some local preliminary investigations to ascertain its last known position could be made, thus enabling Sea Rescue to organise a suitable response.

Beacon activation alerts, received by the Coast Station or Sea Rescue from any Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), contain a unique 15 hexadecimal character string (HEX ID). This HEX ID can be used to ascertain the vessel’s identity.

Recently there have been a few alerts and the Sea Rescue Service has been unable to assist an MRCC in identifying the vessel.

The aim of the database of all EPIRBs and PLBs is to ensure that, upon receiving a beacon alert, this information will be readily available to Sea Rescue and the Coast Station.

Sea Rescue requests that owners of an EPIRB or PLB, please contact any the following persons with the required details:

Simon Wade (Sea Rescue Manager) Tel: 25215 or Email: simonwade@helanta.co.sh

Craig Scipio (Deputy Sea Rescue Manager) Tel: 25215 or Email: craigscipio@helanta.co.sh

Leeroy Caswell (Deputy Sea Rescue Manager) Tel: 25215 or Email: leeroy.caswell@helanta.co.sh

Marco Yon (Emergency Planning Officer) Tel: 25052 or Email: marco.yon@helanta.co.sh

Steve Kirk (Harbour Master) Tel: 22287 or Email: steve.kirk@sainthelena.gov.sh

The details required are:

  1. Name of the EPIRB/PLB owner
  2. Name of the vessel that the beacon belongs to
  3. The beacon’s Hex ID (a 15 digit alphanumeric code written or stamped on the EPIRB/PLB)
  4. The battery expiry date (if known)

In due course, this database will be registered with Cospas Sarsat, who hold the International Beacon Registration Database (IBRD), therefore helping to ensure that this area of maritime safety is at the best possible level.

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SHG
17 April 2019

The French Navy offshore patrol ship ‘Seine’ is expected to arrive at St Helena this weekend – her exact arrival time is still to be confirmed. The vessel is calling at the Island en route from Senegal.

During her stay in St Helena waters, the Ship’s company will visit the French properties on the Island and host an on board reception for invited guests. Her Excellency Governor Lisa Honan will also host the crew at Plantation House.

The ‘Seine’ will depart the Island at 8am on Monday, 22 April 2019.

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SHG
17 April 2019