MINISTER for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour Stephenson King, held meetings in Miami and Washington DC this week 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 led by the minister comprised Permanent Secretary, Allison Jean; General Manager of the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority Keigan Cox and Director of the newly formed stevedoring company in the south Eldridge Stephens. Minister King also travelled to Washington DC to meet with officials of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, which 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.