Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man pledges £900k to help developing nations

Image caption The agreement will see the Isle of Man remain the programmes primary sponsor until 2016

The island's International Development Committee has committed to spending £900,000 on a development programme to help the world's poorest countries.

The committee will give £300,000 a year for three years to the Small Countries Financial Management Programme (SCFMP).

Chairman Phil Gawne said the decision "strengthens the Isle of Man's reputation as an internationally responsible and co-operative nation".

So far 29 countries have benefited from the programme, established in 2009.

Mr Gawne MHK said: "This approach reinforces our aim of providing nations with the resources and knowledge they need to help themselves."

This year's two-week programme will take place in the Isle of Man and Oxford in July.

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