The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is in the final stages of operationalizing a USD 6.7 million grant from the European Union (EU) 11th European Development Fund: B-envelope programme. The grant shall be managed by the World Bank through the ongoing Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.
The agreements between the EU and the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines and between the EU and the World Bank were signed on May 6 and September 13, 2016 respectively.
Interventions under this new funding stream shall include the repairs to the Chateaubelair Jetty and the rehabilitation of bridges and roads at Grand Sable (Congo Valley), Longline, Fireburn and Ferguson Mountain.
The works at Fireburn and Ferguson Mountain are scheduled to commence by the fourth quarter of 2017. For the Chateaubelair jetty, proposals from shortlisted design and construction supervision firms are in May, with construction scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.
The design and construction supervision services proposals from firms are currently being evaluated for the works at Grand Sable and Longline roads. Construction is estimated to begin in the third quarter of 2018.
The Government, through this EU grant, is continuing to fulfill its mandate to reduce the risk for Vincentians to adverse weather events and the effects of climate change.(API)