Title: Greater geographic spread for public works projects - Minister Benn
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Title: Greater geographic spread for public works projects - Minister Benn
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Saturday, 7 June 2008, page 9
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Public Works
Transportation Infrastructure
Anthony, Frank
Minister of Culture, Youth & Sports
Benn, Robeson
Minister of Transport & Hydraulics
Abstract: Article reports on the public works projects to be undertaken in Georgetown and its environs in preparation for the hosting of CARIFESTA X 2008.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100692
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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GUYANA CHRONICLE Saturday, June 7, 2008 9

Greater geographic

spread for public

works projects as


WITH the Caribbean Festival
of Arts (CARIFESTA) X fast
approaching, the Ministry of
Public Works and Communi-
cations intends undertaking
some face-lift works on roads
and other infrastructure in
the city and its environs.

Minister of Transport
and Hydraulics. Robeson Benn,
joining Minister of Culture,
Youth and Sport Dr. Frank An-
thony at his weekly Carifesta
briefing at the Carilesta Secre
tariat, said these works will be
similar to those done in prepa--

ration for Cricket World Cup
(CWC) but covering a wider
geographic spread.
The Minister said there
is heavy reliance on the usual
road maintenance projects,
which is challenging given the
present rainy season that inevi-
tably causes high vegetation
growth rates in drains and ca-
Improvements in the city
and its environs have always
been on government's agenda
and have not been prompted
by the coming of Carifesta in
August, Minister Benn said.
He alluded to efforts
through the Ministry of Local
Government and Regional De-
velopment to improve the
tarmacs at Mon Repos and
Lusignan which he said will also
be done at Plaisance, Rosignol,
Vreed-en-Hoop and other areas
in future.
"We are also looking at the
issue of standardised
stalls...there is a big issue of
people vending and selling
meats without the requisite per-
noil and also tleh absence on
proper sanitary facilities," Min-
ister Benn explained.
Sanitary facilities in the city

are engaging the attention of
Government as Guyana pre-
pares to host a festival which
promises great potential for
promoting the country.
Responding to questions
about maintaining order on
the roadways, especially by
minibus operators, Minister
Benn said a meeting will
soon be held among the po-
lice, Public Works Ministry
and operators to address is-
sues such as uncouth
behaviours among others. He
assured, however, that sup-
port from these stakeholders
will be guaranteed as many
have indicated their willing-
ness to support.
Very soon a committee will
be established with representa-
tives from the Public Works and
Local Government and Regional
Development Ministries. the
Guyana Police Force, the
Georgetown Mayor and City
Council among others to ad-
dress movement and congestion
on roadways, parking, re-
Tlansportatioii is onte o
many committees set up by the
Carifesta Secretariat to facilitate
smooth and safe ground travel

during the festival.
Minister Anthony said he
was heartened by the response


to the call for car and minibus
owners to be part of the
Carifesta bandwagon although
more vehicles are still needed.
June 15 is the deadline for
vehicle owners to register their
vehicles which will iubse-
i o!til \ he inspected for
Stakeholders are also to
benefit from training in hos-
pitality and other areas.

- Minister Benn

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