Federal Budgetary Support to NIA Facilitates Infrastructure Upgrades on Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 12, 2015 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Finance in Nevis is reporting progress on a number of capital projects which have benefitted from the EC$15 million budgetary support from the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

An initial transfer of $10 million was made to the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) in May 2015 in keeping with a promise made by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris to foster better relations between the respective governments in Basseterre and Charlestown. This was followed by an additional transfer of $5 million in September.

The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Colin Dore, said work has commenced on a number of projects which are currently in “substantial stages” of development. This includes an extension of the Veterinary Clinic in Prospect and the Hanley’s Road Rehabilitation Project in Gingerland.
Also in Gingerland, the construction of a cafeteria to support the School Meals Programme at the Jocelyn Liburd School is well underway.

“The building is in a substantial stage of completion,” Mr. Dore stated, adding that preparations to install the roof had begun. Similar schools have such facilities already making this project especially pleasing. Officials are hoping that the building can be ready for use in January 2015.

“We have also facilitated some work on the tender [or] cruise pier in Charlestown,” Dore added. “That is in an advanced stage as well in terms of the upcoming cruise season. It entails lengthening of the pier to provide more berthing facilities for the tenders coming in for the cruise ships.”

An expansion of the abattoir is also planned to meet the growing demand from livestock farmers and work is scheduled to continue on the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)-funded Water Enhancement Project which involves the laying of new lines. Aspects of the funding from the budgetary support will go to meet the NIA’s contribution of this development.

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has described the relationship between the Federal Government and the NIA as a “wonderful working relationship.”

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