The construction of the Choiseul Secondary School extension is impressive because it shows that Saint Lucians are capable of executing projects that meet international standards.
That’s the view of Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation.
The minister made the remark during a site visit last week where he was accompanied by Bradley Felix, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs.
Joseph said the local consultancy firm and the local contractor for the project met all the requirements of the World Bank. This, he notes, proves that international institutions have confidence that Saint Lucians have the capability to execute projects of this nature.
“What this does for us as an economy and as a country is that it should help build the confidence of our locals, so that when we engage entities that support us like the World Bank, CDB, and others, we can say look here, we have the capacity locally to be able to execute this project,” Joseph said.
“And I am sure that institutions like the World Bank would be happy to know that they are part of a project of that nature that really benefits the country economically, more so the students of Choiseul, who have had to endure a building that was declared unsafe for an extended period of time. This is now going to be in the past,” he added.
According to a GIS report, the new building dually functions as a hurricane shelter, and should be ready to be occupied in time for the new academic year, in September.
“These buildings are built to a certain standard that it becomes a solid hurricane shelter building, because now we have no galvanize on the roof. It’s all a concrete structure well designed,” Joseph said.