Japan provides funds for reconstruction projects in St Lucia

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Japan is providing EC$37 million for climate mitigation projects in 2018, Japan's Ambassador to St Lucia Mitsuhiko Okada has announced.

A government statement here said that the funds are being made available under the Japanese Development Cooperation Project and will assist with the reconstruction of the Cul de Sac and Ravine Poission bridges which have proven to be vulnerable to flooding.

“This project represents one of the most ambitious grant-aid programmes by the government of Japan to the people of St Lucia. The area of adaptation to, and mitigation, against climate change has been the recent focus of Japanese grant-aid in the Caribbean region,” Okada said.

He said the signing ceremony for the reconstruction of bridges in the Cul de Sac basin, on the outskirts of the capital “marks the culmination of Japan's efforts to assist St. Lucia in strengthening its disaster preparedness and its resilience against climate change”.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said climate change and its debilitating impact on the environment are a priority for his government and that St Lucia will be allocating EC$8 million towards the project, estimated at EC $43.1 million.

“It's very easy for us to continue to come to these signing agreements and take for granted what we are receiving, but this project has the ability to protect the lives and assets of many people,” Chastanet said.

The project is expected to commence early in 2018, with completion earmarked for 2020, the statement noted.

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