By St. Kitts Observer, Press Release
Minister of Ports Authority, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd says government is in the process of new negotiations with respect to the delayed construction of a second cruise pier at Port Zante.
According to Liburd, the government is currently in discussions with a new developer on moving the project forward.
He indicated that previous negotiations and talks about a pier by the Labour Administration fell apart.
“Remember that negotiation for the second cruise pier started about three or four years ago under the former administration. And there was a group by the name of Kashmad who entered into an apparent arrangement with the then government to provide funding for the cruise pier to accommodate the new and modern ships- that seemed to have fallen apart.
“At present we are negotiating with a new group of developers and we will enter what is called a PPP arrangement, a public and private sector partnership.”
Minister Liburd said that they are almost close to the finish line with their options.
“We are almost there except to say that just over a few weeks ago we got another option to look at before going to Cabinet. Timing is of the essence and we have already looked at the first option.”
In 2014, the Labour Administration had publicly stated that it was ready to construct the cruise pier to the tune of US$32million.
Then Minister of Information, Nigel Carty had confirmed that there was a draft agreement between the St. Christopher Air and Seaports Authority (SCASPA) and a joint venture company, which was awaiting final details before signature.
“Cabinet emphasized that it was important to pursuea financing option for the construction of the pier that did not increase the long-term obligations of SCASPA, given that SCASPA had already made significant strides in reducing its debt and setting itself on a highly sustainable financial path.”
Back in 2014, the government had issued a statement that a formal contract was to be signed for the financing of a second pier.
Liburd revealed that the Unity administration presented its plans to the major cruise liners and the FCCA and they all approved the option.
He noted that the drawings have been approved and the final work has to be put together for Cabinet’s approval
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