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Monday, May 26, 2003 - The local economy through several small contractors is to get a much needed boost as government prepares to invest over 101 million dollars this fiscal year alone in the island’s road infrastructure. Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities Minister Honourable Felix Finisterre says the idea of employing small local contractors to assist in the construction of roads and supporting infrastructure like drains in the Dennery North constituency under RDP 003 has been forcefully made to main contractors Consolidated Contractors International CCI of the United Kingdom.

“We in the Ministry know that in these two lengths of roads that there is in the region of eleven thousand kilometres of line-drains to be built. We have worked out that if you give each small contractor 100 meter-long contract which may be valued in the region of four thousand dollars, that you can in fact get 110 to 120 small contractors to be employed throughout the implementation of the project,” said Finisterre.

He says several fruitful meetings have thus far been conducted with Consolidated Contractors International (CCI) and local contractors from the Dennery area outlining the approach to the road works. The Richfond to Grand Ravine and Derniere Riviere road construction is expected to cost $23.5 million and is financed by the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of St. Lucia.

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