The official signing for the second phase of the Low Income Chinese houses will be initialized sometime in March when a Feasibility study group travel to St. George’s from Beijing.
This was disclosed by resident Chinese Ambassador Ou Boqian when she paid a courtesy call Friday on Minister of Housing, Delma Charles-Thomas who is also the member of Parliament for St. Andrew North-west.
The $2 million contract for the second phase of the project and also the completion of the National stadium at Queen’s Park was signed three weeks ago.
According to Ambassador Ou, the visiting Chinese group will spend 30 days in Grenada working along with their counterparts to ensure that everything is put in place for the start of the second phase of the project.
She exhorted the female government minister to ensure that every thing is organised from the Grenada side to ensure that there would be no hindrances.
“When they arrive here, they need to have a joint working team with your side and I hope that they could easily find a proper contact so that they could talk directly so that they can work as soon as they arrive..”, said Ambassador Boqian.
Minister Thomas gave assurances to the Ambassador that everything will be settled by the time of the team’s arrival.
“We are committed to that – you know how important those houses are to our Government, to our country and to our people. So we would have a team ready and waiting for when they arrive. We are really anxious to have them here to have the start of that second phase which is really needed at this time,” said Minister Thomas.
Ambassador Ou gave a brief outline of what the visiting Chinese intend to do shortly after their arrival in Grenada.
“I do believe they plan to visit the 5 pieces of land and to do a lot of survey and try to not only look at the whole situation of the land. They would also like to know in detail for instance the basic infrastructure to those pieces of land, to find out whether the roads are proper, whether the roads are wide enough, or whether the electricity will be able to support the construction,” she said.
During the visit to the office of the local government Minister, Ambassador Ou indicated that Beijing will continue to undertake the maintenance job for the first phase of Chinese houses that will soon be distributed to locals.
“In order to ensure that the maintenance job will be done properly and in good quality, the company, Beijing Construction Company is going to send another expert so that they will add one more person here, working here to do the maintenance and to make sure that everything will be well taken care of,” she said.
China had promised to build 2, 000 homes for low income persons in the island when diplomatic ties between St. George’s and Beijing were re-established in early 2015.
Current Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell who was then in office opted to accept the “one China” policy being advocated by Mainland China and severed the relationship with the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan.
Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province and refuses to do business with those countries who continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei.