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Sep 13, 2022

Port Policy Stalls, One Year Later

And, while it remains to be seen whether G.O.B. will have to face Lord Michael Ashcroft in court yet again, P.M. Briceño also spoke about the long-awaited ports policy that his Cabinet pledged to finalize back in October of 2021. Well, twelve months have passed and conservation N.G.O.’s are asking that all Environmental Impact Assessments be put on hold until that policy is finalized. Here is what PM Briceño had to say.


Prime Minister John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“We haven’t gotten the final draft of the ports policy but it’s certainly something that has to be looked at. Everybody will tell you that you can’t have three ports right next to each other. Part of that is going to work out its own way because the investors, if they see already that a port is going to be built in that area, other investors will not put their money in other ports, it’s just common sense. But we are working with that and I guess I have to check with both the minister in charge of the ports and minister for tourism to see where they are with that.”


“Don’t you think the policy should be approved before the government considers any other EIA’s?”


Prime Minister John Briceño
“Well, this EIA is already in process and this is where we disagree with the N.G.O. community, the conservation N.G.O. community. We have great respect for them and respect the work they do, we also have to look at the national development of this country. We have a broader view, a broader perspective, we have a broader or a bigger constituency to look at, the people of this country elected us to be able to create opportunities, to reduce poverty, to develop this country, granted responsibly at all times in considering the environment but we need to move this country forward.”


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