A Chinese delegation visited the sister isle of Carriacou to conduct a site visit of the area selected to build some of the Chinese low-income houses for Grenada.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Labor, Legal Affairs, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government, Elvin Nimrod, led the delegation to the site at Dumfries.
Other members of the delegation included Chinese Ambassador to Grenada, Madam Ou Boqian, a feasibility studying group from China, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Sen. Simon Stiell, Parliamentary Secretary for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Sen. Norland Cox, and other technical workers in the Ministry of Works and the Grenada Housing Authority.
The Chinese Ambassador said that her feasibility team is extremely satisfied thus far with the proposed site for construction of the houses, and the beginning of construction should start very soon.
Ambassador Ou commended Minister Nimrod for his dedication and hard work for the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Minister Nimrod said that feasibility studies like these are the very first step taken before any form of development can take place as this is very essential.
He added that this is just the beginning of implementing the promise of low income houses on the sister-isle.
Minister Nimrod said that he is positive that approximately 100 low income houses will be constructed for the benefit of low income persons in Carriacou.
He expressed Government’s concerns over job opportunities and felt that the low income housing project on the sister-isle is expected to create local employment.
The No. 2 man in the New National Party (NNP) administration thanked the People’s Republic of China for keeping their promise in ensuring that Carriacou gets its fair share of the low income housing pie.
In 2005, Grenada re-established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) after a previous NNP regime decided to dump Taiwan.
As part of the deal worked out, Beijing agreed to provide 2, 000 houses for low income persons and to reconstruct the National cricket stadium at Queen’s Park in St. George’s.