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The Hope-Penniston Bridge is the longest in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (IWN photo)
The Hope-Penniston Bridge is the longest in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (IWN photo)

The four bridges being built by Ecuadorian Army Corps of Engineers will be handed over on June 23, about a week later than schedule.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sen. Camillo Gonsalves told the media that he met in St. Lucia in May with representatives of the Ecuadorian government and signed the conclusion of a project co-operation agreement related to the bridges.

“They have sent their inspectors to do a sort of a final check on the quality of the work that is being done and to meet with the engineers here and they assure us that the bridges will be complete on the 23rd of June,” Gonsalves said.

He said that the initial estimate for completing the bridges was June 15.


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“I wish that all of our infrastructural project can be completed that close to their originally estimated deadline,” Gonsalves told the media.

He noted that at peak the Ecuadorians employed over 100 Vincentians and about 40 are still working.

“Good work is being done on the bridges and they are restoring some of the arteries that were destroyed post flood.”

The bridges, one in Hope, Penniston, and three in North Leeward, were damaged or destroyed by flood waters during the December 2013 severe weather event.

Gonsalves noted the speed with which the South American nation disbursed its pledged assistance.

“I want to point out as well that there are some types of aid and assistance that was pledged to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the wake of the flood that we still have not received, that are still being processed by this or that government or aid agency,” he said.

“And it is impressive to note that there was a conversation between the head of government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the head of State of Ecuador, within a few weeks, they sent a team of people up here to access, within a month or two, the Army Corp of Engineers was on the ground, and now here we are in June … thy are going to be pulling up stakes and leaving,” Gonsalves said.

“It was a remarkably quick, responsive and efficient operation. They promised aid, they sent people, the assistance was disbursed, Vincentian gained skills, gained employment and I think it was a wonderful, wonderful example of cooperation between developing countries and we are exceedingly grateful,” the foreign affairs minister said.

8 replies on “Ecuadorians to hand over bridges on June 23”

  1. I guess that C ben David & Peter Binose , are going to make their usual disparaging remarks , regarding these Bridges . That reminds of Persons who were complaining that the
    Equadorians were in Army Uniforms , they were blithely unaware that they were the Equadorian Army Corps of Engineers .


  2. Verydick, thanks for the prompt, I was not even going to bother to comment, the whole matter is so silly. But with your encouragement I have now done so. Thank you once again for you silliness, it’s very much appreciated. Keep up the good work, you will I am sure help to destroy the ULP eventually.

    So what? The Russians landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on 13 September 1959.

    These 50 or 60 Ecuadorian soldiers have assembled two Bailey Bridges, which are bolt together steel bridges that can be put together in two weeks by a handful of US or UK army personnel.

    The steel reinforced concrete bridge staunching’s could have been installed by just about any Vincentian contractor in a couple of months.

    To make this out as some kind of major international mind blowing world achievement is absolute crap.

    This is then expected to count as brownie points towards the re-election of the ULP, cooeeeeeeeee! look what we did.

    The thing to keep in mind is that Bailey Bridges are supposed to be temporary structures placed until the original bridges can be repaired or replaced. The Gonsalves master stroke in this matter is that these temporary steel structures can rot away before they will be replaced with a real bridge.

    It’s simply another case of fooling all of the people all of the time.

    What happened to the thousands of Ecuadorian ‘English language’ students that we were supposed to receive starting in January of this year? was that the truth or was it a lie? That group of Ecuadorian teachers who were supposed to be coming here to learn a strange form of English dialect called Vincentian crapo English, only understood in the Vincentian bush. They were to learn and then return and teach their own students how not to speak English if you want to be understood anywhere else in the English speaking world.

  3. Luther Bonadie says:

    Don’t waste your time with C Bem, remember the C in C Ben stand for cunumuno.
    So it’s Cunumuno Ben, and this Peter Binose is ” Donkey Cart ” Binose.

    Remember soon they both will be gone.

    1. Sir keep up the ULP rhetoric, it will help end the ULP in SVG, because no one will vote for the ULP if you are an example of the party.

  4. petergriffin says:

    Just in time for election eh MR PM.This is another ULP political meeting and an opportunity for you to curse Tom,Dick and Harry and call them from one ungrateful to the next and to say who was against Ecuadorian soldiers coming here.You are so predictable now that even a dunce like me can deliver your stale warm-over speeches that we hear over and over again.While you are at it please tell the vincentian populace how you are going to get us out of this economic quagmire and provide jobs for the many unemployed young people.

    1. Peter at lease PM getting things done so tek yow stupid self and go ask the NDP how they plan to move svg forward if he win the election, but again that will not be so

      1. CDB, you keep sowing the seeds of falseity, because thats what you paid to do by the Marxist monsters.

        The truth is that the NDP has a lot of international and regional investors who will help us once we have rid ourselves of the rubbish.

        Move forward they will, it will not be easy because of the weight of debt generated by the ULP. They have ripped the heart out of SVG, sold all the silver and have multi millions to repay for bonds in the future.

        It will be a relief just to rid ourselves of the fiscal dunce that has got us into all this debt.

        As for you, remember that Karma always repays evil, so do hold your breath. Because you have that to look forward to.

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