Japan contributes EC$37 million for bridge reconstruction in St. Lucia

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Japan contributes EC$37 million for bridge reconstruction in St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – The governments of Japan and Saint Lucia have signed a multi-million dollar project agreement for the reconstruction of bridges in the Cul de Sac basin.

During a recent signing ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada, disclosed that his government would be providing financial assistance totaling 1,530,000 Yen, equivalent to EC$37 million, towards the project.

The funds are being made available under Japanese Development Cooperation Project, and will assist with the reconstruction of the Cul de Sac and Ravine Poission bridges which have proven to be vulnerable to flooding.

“This project represents one of the most ambitious grant aid programs by the Government of Japan to the people of Saint Lucia. The area of adaptation to, and mitigation, against climate change has been the recent focus of Japanese grant aid in the Caribbean region. Today’s signing ceremony for the reconstruction of bridges in the Cul de Sac basin, marks the culmination of Japan’s efforts to assist Saint Lucia in strengthening its disaster preparedness and its resilience against climate change. I am glad to be a part of this initiative which aims to protect this beautiful island nation.”

Meantime Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, said climate change and its debilitating impact on the environment are a priority for his government. The Government of Saint Lucia will be allocating EC$8 million towards the project, of which the total cost is approximately EC $43.1 million.

“It’s very easy for us to continue to come to these signing agreements and take for granted what we are receiving, but this project has the ability to protect the lives and assets of many people. The importance of this project is that we intend to widen the Choc River from the Cul de Sac bridge all the way to the Ferrands Bridge; and we are actually creating a second tier river with banks along the sides.”

The project is expected to commence early in 2018, with completion earmarked for 2020.

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  1. It would be a good idea to make public the account before and after completion of the projects. This would address the speculation and accusations.

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  2. Flood mitigation to protect the in-laws property in the cul-de-sac valley, You better believe it.

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    • You are just another pea brain,feel sorry for you. Are yo still in kinder garden? My three year old is much smarter than you,sackway cooyoa.

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  3. New Testament Verse of the Day:
    I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.

    – 2 John 1: 5

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  4. Those two bridges WILL NOT cost ED $37M to construct.

    They will be "Bailey Bridges" (a term for the type os bridge) that will be easily sourced off-shore, transported here, and only require foundation prep before final deployment.

    The math is way, way off.

    If asked for a cost breakdown, it is highly unlikely that the actual costs will match this number. Highly unlikely.

    It would be interesting to know what Japan is really buying from our nation. Perhaps a vote at something they will be be seeking to push in the short to medium term at the United Nations?

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  5. Please correct article, 1,530,000 Yen is not equivalent to EC$37 million E.C.. The correct figure is 1,530,000,000.

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