Official Opening: North-South Highway Keynote Address Andrew Holness – Prime Minister

Photo: Donald Delahaye Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right) and Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Lester ‘Mike’ Henry (third right), observe monitors showing live video of sections of the North-South leg of Highway 2000, following the official opening ceremony at the Caymanas Toll booth in St. Catherine, on Wednesday, March 23. Others (from left) are: Chairman of China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), Mr. Lin Yichong; Vice President of CHEC, Mr. Yingtao Shi; Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Mr. Qingbao Niu; and Vice President of the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), Mr. Ziyu Sun.

Story Highlights

  • Salutations: Thank you, master of ceremonies Miss Fae Ellington
  • I am very pleased to be opening today, the North-South Link of Highway 2000.
  • This highway is a testimony to the industry and ingenuity of the Jamaican and Chinese labour and skills.

Salutations:

Thank you, master of ceremonies Miss Fae Ellington

The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller
Leader of the Opposition

Honourable Dr. Horace Chang
Minister without Portfolio, Office of the Prime Minister

Honorable Daryl Vaz

Honourable Mike Henry

Minister of Transport and Mining

Other Members of the Cabinet and Parliament

His Excellency Mr. Niu Qingbao

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica
Mr Ziyu Sun

Vice President, China Communications Construction Company Ltd

Permanent Secretaries

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Norman Scott
Mayor of Spanish Town

Reverend the Honourable Jeffrey McKenzie
Custos Rotulorum for St. Catherine

Mr. Yichong Lin
President of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC)

Mr. Yingtao Shi
Vice President, of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC)

Mr. Xiaofeng Wang
General Manager, Jamaica North South Highway Co. Ltd

Mr. Ivan Anderson
Managing Director, National Road Operating & Construction Co. (NROCC)

Councillors

Heads of Departments and Agencies

Members of the Private Sector

Community Representatives

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Remarks:          

I am very pleased to be opening today, the North-South Link of Highway 2000.

In any country, the sheer magnitude of this infrastructure development, in construction undertaking, civil engineering complexity, investment size US$600m, distance covered 67km (approx 41) and potential for transformation, would be considered significant, indeed a feat to be accomplished.

Jamaica, in partnership with our friends, China Harbour Engineering Company and their parent company China Communication and Construction Company, and with the blessing and active support of the Government of China, we have achieved this feat.

This road also represents the success of Partnership between the Government of Jamaica and Government of China, but moreso in a real sense, a partnership between the people of Jamaica and the people of China, in a real way, the workers of Jamaica and the workers of China, who undoubtedly had to overcome language and culture obstacles, to complete the highway on time and in budget.

This highway is a testimony to the industry and ingenuity of the Jamaican and Chinese labour and skills.

I also want to acknowledge the work of the first developers of the road, Bouygues Construction Limited. For a time, it seemed that this would be a road that was going nowhere.  Technical and financial difficulties halted works.

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