Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says work on the Pearl of the Caribbean Project Phase One is progressing on schedule.
He has announced that the first racing event is slated for this National Day, December 13th 2019.
“Over 250 Saint Lucians and numerous contractors have benefited from employment on this project,” the PM observed Wednesday on his official Facebook page.
He noted that training for local jockeys has already commenced in preparation for the numerous opportunities that the project will create in the local, regional and international equine industry.
According to Chastanet, the Pearl of the Caribbean Project was one of several visited by the cabinet of ministers after last week’s first ever Cabinet Meeting in Vieux Fort.
“The Cabinet of Ministers visited several key development sites to receive updates,” he disclosed.
The visits also took the ministers to the St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction site.
Chastanet said the project will deliver a 90-bed facility that will cater for both inpatient and outpatient services.
He observed that it involves the construction of a new wing to incorporate all the functions and services of the existing East and Surgical Wings; Integration through retrofitting of some existing buildings to achieve a fully functioning hospital to match the services of a level 4 facility; and Revision of the internal layout of buildings to be integrated for functional efficiency and compliance to minimum standards.
In connection with the new Hewanorra International Airport which the cabinet ministers also visited, the PM asserted that this project will significantly improve air-side and airfield operations.
He pointed out that it will include a new air traffic control tower (elevating over 100ft), five new parking aprons with connecting air bridges to a 337,000 sq ft. terminal building and new road infrastructure and traffic management system.
“The new HIA will complement national efforts geared towards positioning Saint Lucia as one of the best in the region. The project incorporates a 30-year master plan for HIA will improve efficiencies and transform the customer journey and experience,” the former Tourism Minister stated.