PRESS RELEASE: Prime Minister underscores immense significance of Japanese Grant for bridges

By Office of the Prime Minister


Signing of Exchange Notes by Prime Minister and Ambassador

As the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia prepared to sign an agreement with the Japanese Government for a Grant for the reconstruction of bridges in the Cul De Sac basin he stressed that the policy and strategy of Government as it pertains to Climate Change and the impact it is having on the island’s infrastructure has been and will continue to be a top priority.

At the brief ceremony for the Exchange of Notes for the Japanese Grant Aid for the Ravine Poisson and Cul de Sac Bridges held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday August 9th 2017, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet took the audience through some of the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Saint Lucia.

Also in attendance at the signing was Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour Honourable Stephenson King and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives Honourable Ezechiel Joseph along with Ministry officials and members of the Japanese delegation.

Speaking first at the signing was Permanent Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy Mr. Ivor Daniel, who gave an overview, explaining that the project is in-keeping with the National Hazard Mitigation Policy, which aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards and the impact of climate change.

Also speaking at the event was His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada, Ambassador of Japan to Saint Lucia, who outlined Japan’s areas of cooperation with Saint Lucia which included disaster risk reduction, sustainable management of marine life and human security.

The assistance is being channelled through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and that organization’s director general for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Hajime Takeuchi, also delivered remarks at the event about the significant contributions made to assist not just Saint Lucia but the region.

For the reconstruction of the much-needed bridges Japan is contributing XCD$37 Million.

In his remarks Prime Minister Allen Chastanet repeatedly thanked the Japanese for the Grant for the bridges which are expected to commence in early 2018.

He explained that on the world stage more developed countries needed to assist the SIDS in the quest to combat the effects of Climate Chang

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  1. Let's see how much of that 37 million will be used on constructing those bridges , when guy takes from that to help his fam and close friends , the kwasss that's left will be used to build some inferior bridges that will be destroyed next hurricane season . Why do we trust politicians and governments ? Why ?

  2. Funny how these countries never have money for their own poor people, but always have millions to donate to st. Lucia (just saying ). Hope St. Lucian citizen still own St. Lucia; oops " citizens by investment ".

  3. OMG did someone read for the Prime Minister before he signed?

  4. I only hope that these projects fall under the management of Hon. Stevenson King and not under Guy Joseph to avoid corruption fiascos . I remember the fiascos with Guy and Fontinard during the construction of the Anse Gallet bridge in Anse La Raye after Tomas. These guys are as cruked as two " S ". Crooks

    • Let's see how much of that 37 million will actually go into brulding those bridges, after guy and co take their money to help their family and close friends , the rest will be used to build some inferior bridges that will collapse during the next hurricane season . Which politician can we really trust wth that kind of money NONE

  5. Don't let Fresh Start anywhere near this cash!

  6. I only hope that these projects fall under the management of Hon. Stevenson King and Guy Joseph to avoid corruption fiascos . I remember the fiasco with he Guy Joseph and Fontinard on that Anse Gallet bridge in Anse La Raye . Partners in CRIME .


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