Work has begun on the 27 miles of road between Corozal and Sarteneja which will cost fifty million US dollars to pave. The fifty million loan was granted to construct this road from the Government of Taiwan. Yesterday a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the junction of the Corozal and Sarteneja roads. According to Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources, this road will bring economic benefits and change the lives of those who reside in the nearby communities.
Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources: “After the completion of this project in 54 months time you will feel the benefit of reaping not only social benefits but also the economic impact of having an upgraded road. $50 million dollars US is gonna be invested into this stretch of road. The significant social and economic benefit will impact everybody from the farmers that we have in the very fertile soils of Chunox and Little Belize to the very fishermen in the Copper Bank and Sarteneja area will benefit. More importantly and I think Minister Marin stressed a lot on the fact that having a type of road as will be seen by the communities in this area will have a direct impact on the life of everybody. If we know, and for those of us who are knowledgeable of the area you know that traversing those two ferries can be a very time consuming initiative. Really if you were to ask anybody if you want to travel to Sarteneja I can pretty much assure you now that little to anybody would want to stretch that road; you’d rather take a boat and go than to hit the road. Lives will be saved. I could recall of a family close to me who had a casualty because the person given the state of his health could not make it to the hospital in time, the ferries were pretty much overloaded that when the person finally made it to the hospital it was a bit too late. Those stories are stories that will haunt us forever, those are stories that we wish would never have happened but those stories will remain in the past.”
Remus Li-Ko Chen – Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize stated that this project will further strengthen the ties between Taiwan and Belize.
H.E. Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen of the Republic of China (Taiwan): “Things don’t just happen out of thin air, good things happen for a reason. According to the OECC’s feasibility study this project will contribute substantially to reduced travel time, enhanced road safety, increasing investment opportunities and economic prosperity and uplifting for both communities within this project area and all Belizean people alike. Given such tremendous benefits to Belize our two governments decided to pool together our efforts and resources, work tirelessly hand in hand in order to accelerate the review and preparation process. That’s the main reason why we are able to gather here today to witness the groundbreaking of this important cooperation project; a true testament to the enduring partnership between Belize and Taiwan.”
The project will take approximately 54 months and a Taiwanese company Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Limited S.A. has been given the contract.