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Cabinet on Aug. 28 approved a submission from the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works for an extension of the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport by some 300 metres.
The extension project is slated to cost US$10 million and will be financed under a capital development programme, which is funded by the European Investment Bank.
Minister of Information and Development, Senator Colin Campbell, told yesterday’s (Aug. 28) post-Cabinet press briefing, that the project would establish “a runway end safety area and runway strip. to meet the standards declared by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.” The standards should come into effect in 2008.
Responding to concerns raised about the probable environmental hazard of the project, which will extend to the Kingston Harbour, Minister Campbell noted that an environmental impact assessment would be done. “There have been consultations already between the Airports Authority and the Port Authority of Jamaica in relation to the whole use of that particular piece of the water and the whole operations of Kingston Harbour,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved a contract valued at $32.4 million for the expansion of the Islington Early Childhood Institution in St. Mary.
The contract, which has been awarded to Guarantee Construction Limited, will entail the construction of four new classrooms, a principal’s office, a kitchen, and other facilities.
The project is being funded and coordinated by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
Additionally, Cabinet approved a proposal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish diplomatic relations with the principality of Monaco. The request comes against the background of a recent visit to Monaco by Jamaica’s Ambassador to France, Evadne Coye.
“On that occasion, his Highness Prince Albert II and other members of the royal family, met with the Ambassador and requested that Jamaica establishes diplomatic relations with a view of enhancing bilateral relations between Jamaica and Monaco,” Minister Campbell informed.
Monaco has diplomatic missions in about 10 western European countries as well as representation at the United Nations in New York and the United Kingdom.