Japan gives US$9.5M for Berbice water project
The Japanese Government is funding the second phase of the Corriverton Water Project at a cost of US$9.5M.
The project will see the establishment of a new water treatment plant at Queenstown, Corriverton, which will channel water to some 15 villages between No. 74 Village and Moleson Creek. As a result, approximately 18,000 people will benefit from pure drinking water.
The project is expected to start in July this year. The funding for the project falls under the Grant Aid Scheme of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
One of the conditions for the Grant Aid is that the project be awarded to a Japanese contractor. The sole bidder, Kitano Construction Corporation, is the same firm that executed the first phase of the project.
The first phase of the project was completed in March 2008. It involved funding of G$2.1B and covered No. 51 Village to No. 73 Village, Corentyne.
The water treatment plant under the first component was commissioned on March 9, 2008.
The signing of the Exchange Notes and the Grant Agreement for phase two was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation, Takuba Lodge, yesterday.
Mr Satochi Murusawa, the Chief Representative of the JICA, Mexico Office, said that the second phase of the project is a milestone for JICA, since it was the first project to be awarded under the new operating procedures for the granting of Grant Aid.
Charge d’ Affairs of the Japanese Embassy in Caracas, which is responsible for Guyana-Japan relations, Mr Kiyoshi Takeuchi, said access to safe water is a basic human need, and is important in poverty alleviation.
He said the funding of the Corriverton Water Project was indicative of the continued growth of Guyana-Japan relations.
Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Ms Jennifer Webster, said that Guyana-Japan relations have spanned the past four decades, and the funding of the water project was another signal support for the economic and social development of Guyana.
New Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, hailed the project and said that the water treatment plant will be operated using cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technology.