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