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.