PRESS RELEASE – Wednesday, November 5, 2014 will mark the commencement of the construction of two Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Access Centres in the south of Saint Lucia.
One Access Centre will be constructed in the village of Micoud, while the town of Vieux-Fort has been selected as the other beneficiary.
The Community Access Centres will serve to provide increased opportunities for education in ICT and access to information to residents in the two communities. They will also be used as a tool to increase private sector involvement in the chosen areas.
Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for Vieux-Fort South, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, says he is elated at this latest development, as it gives life to his promise to revitalize the lower part of the town.
Dr. Anthony says, “Over the years, there has been an upward movement of Government services and private businesses from the heart of Vieux-Fort, to Beanfield and Upper Clarke Street. The Vieux-Fort Police Station and many other Government offices have moved to Beanfield. It has been a difficult development for many businesses and residents in lower Vieux-Fort.
“It has been my desire to correct this by encouraging more activity in heart of the town. This is why I have embarked on a project to transform the old Vieux-Fort Police Station into the district Court House. Now, the Access Centre will be constructed adjacent to it and is expected to draw people from across Vieux-Fort South and surrounding areas. From last year, there has been more activity at the Vieux-Fort market, as a result of the efforts of the Vieux-Fort Constituency Council. I am sure the Vieux-Fort Community will embrace this new initiative, given its impact on the lives of our youth and the development of our town.
“I wish to thank the Government and People of the Republic of China (Tawian) for agreeing to fund this ICT Centre and for the generous contributions they have made to Saint Lucia over the years. ”
The sod turning ceremony which marks the start of the Vieux-Fort ICT Centre takes place on the site (Between the Catholic Church and the Old Police Station) at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Officials from the Republic of China (Taiwan) as well as officials from the Ministry of the Public Sector will be in attendance. All members of the public and in particular residents of Vieux-Fort are invited to witness the activity.
ICT Centres have been established in Soufriere and Castries, since the commencement of the Community Access Programme.