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Nov 14, 2019

The Corozal/Sarteneja Road Finally Set to Begin

With a fifty million dollar loan from the government of Taiwan, the ground breaking took place today of a stretch of twenty-seven miles of road from Corozal to Sarteneja. The event brought out a number of Ministers as well as the Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize. The work is expected to be competed in more than four years and is one of the biggest infrastructure projects up the north. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano with a report. 

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Ground was officially broken this morning in Corozal to commence the upgrading of the Sarteneja Road.  That coastal community is the largest fishing community, as well as the second largest village in Belize.  Getting there, however, has proven to be a rather difficult journey as commuters have to traverse two ferries to and from the location.  Well, in four and a half years time traveling to Sarteneja will have become a lot easier, thanks to a new road being built by the Taiwanese government.

 

Hugo Patt

Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources

“I want to thank the government and the people of Taiwan for actually supporting us in this initiative.  Actually, this road will have a huge impact in Corozal and, by extension, the whole country.  And so, within fifty-four months we shall see the completion of twenty-seven miles of road being paved from Corozal to Sarteneja, two bridges included and that in itself will speak about the volumes of economic activity happening thereafter and so I really appreciate the work that was done by the government of Taiwan and its people and of course all those included within this program.”

 

The road will be constructed using funds from a loan of fifty million US dollars from the Taiwanese government and the project will be overseen by an international team of builders known as Oversees Engineering and Construction Company.

 

Remus Li-Kuo Cheng

Remus Li-Kuo Cheng, Taiwanese Ambassador

“This very important infrastructure project, I must emphasize, is truly brought here out of the goodwill of Taiwan for the people, community and businesses of Corozal.  A little more than a year ago, in August 2018, our president, Tsai Ing Wen, was invited by Right Honorable Prime Minister Barrow to visit your beautiful country.  During the visit, the two leaders agreed to explore the possibility for our two countries to collaborate on some infrastructure projects that are vital to the economic development and social welfare of Belize.  Shortly after, in October of last year, our government dispatched the OECC team to Belize and conducted onsite feasibility study tour of potential projects for cooperation.”

 

That study resulted in the identification of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road as the single most important project to be undertaken to meet the needs of economic development and social welfare.

 

Rene Montero

Rene Montero, Minister of Works

“This project is being realized through the efforts of both the Government of Belize and the Republic of Taiwan, securing funds through IMEX Bank of Taiwan at a cost of fifty million US dollars, a hundred million dollars Belize.  This project includes twenty-seven miles of road, including two bridges to replace old ferries at Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca.  The road will be upgraded to pave standard with double chip and seal, with proper drainage consideration to ensure its resilience against climate change.  It will also provide enhanced road safety measures such as line markings, cat-eyes, the installation of vertical and horizontal signage and the construction of several bus stops.  Most importantly, it will also provide more efficient and convenient way to travel to and from Sarteneja.”

 

With ground being broken today, the project now begins in earnest. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.


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