Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI Media | Date: 16 August 2019
It takes vision to transform a country and a people. From the days of dark village streets, men and women came forward with vision and purpose, and worked on a programme of street lighting.
As a young man growing up on Windy Hill, putting in new Street Lighting was a huge thing when it happened. The people were given a simple thing such as light, so that they could have been safer in their nightly journeys.
Today, in this modern discourse of economic growth and progress, there is no society that is developing and seeking to attract investors that will effectively do so without transforming its Energy sector and its ICT/Internet connectivity sectors. The world moves on Energy and Communications.
Developing economies are tasked with finding the funding; securing public buy-in; and building out the infrastructure that will set their nations up for future growth and sustainability. It is not an immediate thing; it is not an easy thing. It is a process that is inclusive of everyone across divides of views and affiliations.
Today, MNI Media - Marketing, News & Information applauds and highlights the works of a man whom many persons tout loudly, and believe in fully as a deliverer for the common good - a champion of the people and the common man - Hon Paul Lewis.
His team at his Ministry also must be congratulated for their vision for the future, as they take set to unveil Montserrat's very first electric vehicle this afternoon at 2:00PM.
Energy Minister, the Honourable Lewis will deliver remarks at the reveal ceremony, which will take place at the (MCWEL) Headquarters in Brades.
As was announced;
"The Ministry procured the electric vehicle as part of plans under the Montserrat Energy Policy 2016-2030, to transition the transport sector away from fossil fuels. The Policy was developed to ensure that by 2030 Montserrat has reliable, low-cost, sustainable provision of energy services in line with Montserrat’s social and development needs. As it relates to the transport sector, the Policy makes provisions for the Government of Montserrat to identify opportunities and strategies for sustainable transportation practices, which includes the promotion and development of electric, hybrid electric and advanced vehicle technologies."
Additionally, the MCWEL’s electric vehicle will be used as part of a pilot project by the Government of Montserrat to assess how cost effective it is to own an electric vehicle or hybrid vehicle when compared to a normal internal combustion engine vehicle (fuel vehicle).
Additionally it was announced that "in support of efforts to encourage these environmentally friendly electric vehicles, the Government of Montserrat placed a 5 year waiver on the custom duties and consumption tax on all 100% electric vehicles imported until 2024."
Hybrid vehicles are exempted from customs duties only, for two years. All other hybrid vehicles, except plug-in hybrid vehicles are exempted from consumption tax only for two years.
Replacement batters and charging stations are also exempted from customs duties and consumption tax for five years.
Well done and forwardmarch to Hon Lewis and his team.