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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2018. 4:19 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Ministry of Works, through the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project, concluded a three-day workshop on Environmental and Social Safeguards.

The training was held at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan.

Approximately 35 participants attended the training which included various government ministries and departments, utility companies, the two contractors for the on-going civil works, and the specialized supervision firm for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project.

This training is part of a two-phase approach that aims to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders involved in infrastructure projects on the application of international and local policies, which address environmental and social safeguards, disaster risk management, involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, and gender equality in development.

The George Price Highway is the primary road which connects Belize and Guatemala and is critical to international trade, local travel, and is an evacuation route in the event of natural disasters.

However, over the years this highway has significantly deteriorated and is susceptible to climate change-induced flooding.

The George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project seeks to improve the safety standards, climate change resilience of the corridor and road connectivity within Belize’s main districts by rehabilitating the highway infrastructure between miles 47.9 in Belmopan and 67.3 in Santa Elena to national standards.

Once the project is completed, Belizeans would benefit from decreased travel time and costs and reduced incidents of road accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

The George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project is funded by the Inter- American Development Bank, the European Union – Caribbean Investment Facility, and the Government of Belize.

 

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