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Friday, June 17, 2005 - Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony says the recently opened highway in the island’s south is a living symbol of government’s policy to ensure that not just one set of people enjoy the benefits the country produces.

Dr. Anthony says the South West Coast Highway with its close proximity to the Hewanorra Airport will attract a kind of investment presently unknown to the south of the island, particularly in Choiseul. Dr. Anthony says the new highway was a primary factor for the developers of the Sapphire Cove Resort Premiere Resorts when they decided to locate the five star resort in Laborie.

“I would expect therefore in the years ahead that we will see other investments in tourism and otherwise and perhaps those who have doubted the value of this investment, maybe long after we have all made our exit from political life, will then say what this government did was sound and fully justified,” Dr. Anthony said.

The 28 Kilo Meters of Road was developed as part of an overall Road Development Programme financed by the Caribbean Development Bank CDB. The financing package also includes the Deglos Road - now nearing completion, three individual pieces of road in the Dennery area and the Monier/Babonneau Road. Two other roads - one in the Piaye/Saltibus area and the other in Desruisseux proper - will also be constructed under the programme.

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