Public Infrastructure Ministry faces challenge of completing projects on time

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Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson says he is extremely pleased with the 2015 budgetary allocations earmarked for his Ministry.

This year’s budget will be presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in the National Assembly on August 10, under the theme “A fresh start to the good life in a green economy.”

According to a press release, Minister Patterson said, “Having reviewed the submissions and being in extensive discussions with the Finance Minister and his team, I would like to say that the Ministry is extremely pleased with the allocations that have been assigned.”

However, he acknowledged the biggest challenge faced will be the execution of projects/works within the provided time frame, as Minister Jordan has requested that all major works be completed substantially by year-end, the release noted.

According to the release, immediately after the budget is laid, Minister Patterson will engage the Bankers Association, contractors and all relevant stakeholders to be fully prepared to spring into action following the passage of the national budget.

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“I will also be meeting my technical team on Tuesday morning to give them the go ahead to prepare tender documents etc, so as soon as we have a successful passage of the budget we will out to tender and off and running,” he said.

In 2014, the Ministry received a budgetary allocation of GY $17.483 B.

 

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