JICA Com­mences Work on Prepara­tory Sur­vey for Re­con­struc­tion of Bridges in Cul-De-Sac Basin

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

In re­sponse to a re­quest made by the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia for the Re­con­struc­tion of Bridges in the Cul-de-Sac Basin, the Gov­ern­ment of Japan will be con­duct­ing a Prepara­tory Sur­vey of the re­quest. The work will be ex­e­cuted on be­half of the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment by the Japan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA).

Min­utes of Dis­cus­sions were signed be­tween JICA and the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, Ports, En­ergy and Labour to mark the start of con­duct­ing the first field sur­vey un­der the Prepara­tory Sur­vey to as­sess the fea­si­bil­ity of the pro­ject.

Over the years Saint Lu­cia has ex­pe­ri­enced ma­jor eco­nomic losses due to in­fras­truc­tural dam­age caused by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. In keep­ing with the Na­tional Hazard Mit­i­ga­tion Pol­icy, which out­lines the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tions to re­duce and/or elim­i­nate the ad­verse ef­fects of man-made and nat­u­ral haz­ards, the re­con­struc­tion of the bridges will main­tain ac­cess to the trans­porta­tion net­work and re­duce risks of eco­nomic losses at the time of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

As the first stage in Japan’s Grant Aid Pro­ce­dures, the Prepara­tory Sur­vey needs to con­firm the ne­ces­sity, rel­e­vance and fea­si­bil­ity of the pro­ject by pro­vid­ing an out­line de­sign, im­ple­men­ta­tion plan and cost es­ti­mate. This in­for­ma­tion will then be used by the Gov­ern­ment of Japan to make a de­ci­sion on the ro­ject.

The Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, Ports, En­ergy and Labour will act as the ex­e­cut­ing agency on the pro­ject and will co­or­di­nate with all rel­e­vant agen­cies to en­sure its smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Mrs. Al­li­son A.Jean, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture and Mr. Sak­abe, Leader, Prepara­tory Sur­vey Team, JICA fol­low­ing the sign­ing of the Min­utes of Dis­cus­sions.

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