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  • The Government will, this fiscal year spend $1.7 billion to upgrade infrastructure in St. Ann and St. Elizabeth.
  • The project also seeks to provide affordable housing solutions in St. Elizabeth and, to also alleviate the deficit of housing solutions in St. Ann.
  • The project is funded by China EXIM Bank, and the Government of Jamaica, is scheduled to be completed by January 2015.

The Government will, this fiscal year spend $1.7 billion to upgrade infrastructure such as water, sewer, and roads, in the rural communities of St. Ann and St. Elizabeth, under the Jamaica Economical Housing Project.

This is outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips on Thursday (April 3).

The project also seeks to provide affordable housing solutions in St. Elizabeth and, to also alleviate the deficit of housing solutions in St. Ann, by providing a mixture of affordable housing solutions, primarily for employees in the tourism industry.

Achievements up to March 2014 include: the completion of 130 service lots at Bell Air III St. Ann cluster; and the completion of upgraded infrastructure at St. Ann Cluster of 1,320 solutions at Belle Air I, Belle Air II and Mt. Edgecombe IV.

Anticipated targets for the 2014/15 fiscal year include the completion of 634 service lots in Belle Air III and the completion of 200 service lots in Luana Gardens.

The project is funded by China EXIM Bank, and the Government of Jamaica, is scheduled to be completed by January 2015.