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Satellite warehouse to be built at Sandy Bay for NEMO

Satellite warehouse to be built at Sandy Bay for NEMO

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The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) entered into a contract with local Joint Venture firm Franco Construction Limited and Williams Engineering Services on November 27, 2015, for the construction of a satellite warehouse at Magum/Sandy Bay for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).{{more}}

The contract, worth some EC$995,000, was the lowest bid of the two qualifying tenders received, and is funded by the World Bank under the Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (RDVRP). The works forms part of Government’s priority investments to reduce the country’s physical and economic vulnerability to adverse natural events, through building resilience to current and future climatic changes.

The warehouse will afford NEMO the opportunity to assist communities to respond immediately to emergencies resulting from natural disasters, and will house various equipment and supplies to aid in this effort.

The works, which commenced with site acquisition and clearing on December 2, 2015, is scheduled to be completed by December 1, 2016. The warehouse is one of six that shall be built throughout SVG. Similar warehouses are planned for Georgetown, Marriaqua, Rose Hall, Bequia, and Union Island.

The RDVRP is supporting SVG’s efforts to prevent and adapt to the effects of climate change, strengthen hazard and risk evaluation, and improve decision making.

The EC$165.4 million SVG RDVRP was declared effective by the World Bank on September 9, 2011, and is being implemented over a seven-year period that ends on December 31, 2018.

It is 100 per cent financed by credits of US$46.52 million from the International Development Agency, Strategic Climate Fund Pilot Program for Climate Resilience grants of US$12 million, and a Strategic Climate Fund Loan of US$3 million. The project is being implemented by the Public Sector Investment Programme Management Unit of the Central Planning Division. For further information, please contact the Project Coordinator, Richard MacLeish.

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