The Government has allotted another $168 million in 2019/2020 to continue carrying out activities related to the relocation of the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to downtown Kingston.
This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The money will be used to complete the supply and installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment; complete landscaping activities; complete the installation of utility and telephony systems/services; and finish coastal revetment.
Up to December 2018 under the project, the construction of coastal revetment and site preparation were 90 per cent complete; sewer/drainage infrastructure and utilities connected to the site were 30 per cent complete; and an onsite storm-water drain was completed.
In addition, site set-up, including installation of utilities, was completed; substructure works for the office building were completed; superstructure works to the two-storey annex and 11-storey office building were completed; and a generator room and perimeter fencing were 90 per cent complete.
The project, which is being undertaken by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, seeks to provide customised office facilities for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade that adequately support its needs in terms of accommodation of staff, meeting and conference facilities and waiting areas for diplomats and other visitors.
It also aims to contribute to the redevelopment of downtown Kingston by virtue of the relocation of the Ministry to that area.
Jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the project was originally slated to run from April 2008 to December 2010. However, after several extensions, it is now scheduled to end in March 2020.