Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy & Labour Meets with International Officials on Saint Lucia’s Air and Sea Ports Upgrade

Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Honourable Stephenson King held meetings in Miami and Washington DC with a view to maintaining and upgrading the services of Saint Lucia’s air and sea ports.

During the Miami visit, Minister King met with officials of a major international shipping line and held discussions on the possibility of the cargo line making weekly calls to Port Vieux Fort. Dialogue on this venture appears to be fruitful with top officials of the shipping line being open to negotiations on making such calls. The delegation lead by the Honorable Minister comprised of the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Allison A Jean; General Manager of the Saint Lucia

Air and Seaports Authority, Mr. Keigan Cox; and Director of the newly formed Stevedoring/Labour company in the South, Mr. Eldridge Stephens.

Minister King also traveled to Washington DC to meet with officials of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the

World Bank Group, who made presentations on the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) Redevelopment Project as well as the conceptual master plan for the development of the Castries Seaport. The IFC is the Transaction Advisor for the HIA Project and was also retained to prepare a master plan for the Castries Seaport Redevelopment. Subsequent to this meeting, the critical next step will

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be a briefing to the Cabinet of Ministers in order that a policy decision be formulated on the way forward for these major projects.

The Minister has pledged his unwavering support to continue to progress the implementation of these key strategic initiatives and will endeavour to provide the public with updates as these projects unfold.