Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang met with Chinese officials June 5 to discuss building out several infrastructure projects in Jamaica.
Dr. Chang who is on a two- week visit to Macao, China, met with Executive Vice President of the China Development Bank, CDB, Wang Yongsheng and other representatives of the Bank.
Minister Chang held several discussions among which:
Funding arrangements for priority water and sewage projects in Negril and the corporate area of Kingston and St. Andrew at a cost of US$346M which would include concessional and public, private partnership arrangements to replace water and sewer mains as well as the installation of a treatment facility.
A US$1.28B funding for the proposed highway network which would include the link from May Pen to Williamsfield, the 89 km network from Williamasfield to Montego Bay the 10km connection of the East West/North South highway and the construction of a 15km Montego Bay Bypass to ease the traffic congestion from the town
Minister Chang says projections are that the overall road construction projects would increase the island’s GDP by 3% and generate over 100,000 jobs.
In his response, the CDB Executive Vice Chairman said the Bank is willing to expand cooperation with Jamaica in all possible areas as infrastructure projects are important to the livelihood and social development of a nation.
Minister Chang was accompanied on his visit by Jamaica’s resident Ambassador to China His Excellency Antonio Hugh, along with NWC President, Mark Barnett and NROCC’s Managing Director, Ivan Anderson.
CAPTION: Above: – Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation presents a gift to Wang Yongsheng, Executive VP, China Development Bank. Looking on is Antonio Hugh, Jamaica’s Ambassador to China