EU funds rehabilitation of Progresso Road Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 July 2011 00:00

Signing of the contractThe government of Belize is continuing with the delivery of better roads for the sugar industry and on Wednesday, July 13th, the Government of Belize signed a contract with the European Union to undertake phase II (Lot “B”) of the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2008 Sugar Belt Road Rehabilitation Project. More specifically, the contract is a .6 million agreement for the rehabilitation of 16 miles of the Progresso Road.The rehabilitation consists of: Culvert and drain construction; Provide, transport, place and compact fill, sub-base and base material and other earth works; surface dressing with double and single chip seal (paved standard); and installation of road furniture such as road marking, signage etc.

The AMS was drafted as a result of the reform of the EU Sugar Regime and the consequent reduction in sugar prices. That reform will force transformations aimed at fostering the competitiveness of the Belize Sugar Industry and where this is not possible seek economic diversification opportunities. The AMS is an eight year aid scheme for Sugar Protocol Countries to assist in the transformation process. Under the AMS programme, Belize will be the primary recipient of some 46 million Euros or 110.58 million dollars for the period 2006-2010. According to the EU, the aim of the project is to improve the physical access, communication and transportation efficiency through the rehabilitation of the Sugar Belt road network and to support an enabling environment for rural recovery and economic diversification in sugar dependent areas of Belize.

The signing of the contract was presided over by Hon Anthony Martinez, Minister of Works; Mr. Cosimo Lamberti-Fossati, Head of the European Union Technical Support Office to Belize; Mr. Javier Berbey, Contractor – Bella Vista Development Company Ltd / Lopez Equipment Ltd; and other senior public officials.