Government provides update on climate-resilient infrastructure project

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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2022. 10:05 a.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: The government of Belize has revealed that eight years after it first received a US$30 million loan from the World Bank for a climate-resilient infrastructure project, most of the money has devoted to more urgent needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will require, he said, locating additional funding opportunities to advance the project’s original objectives: to improve the resilience of road infrastructure against flood risk and other climate change impacts; and improve the ability to respond quickly and effectively to a qualifying crisis or emergency, as required.

A statement noted: “The implementation of this project took six years to begin with one-third of the loan ($10 million) disbursed solely to conduct feasibility studies during this period.”

The remaining US$20 million, with the Bank’s agreement, has been reallocated to immediate needs in the fight against COVID, including the provision of relief under the unemployment program, the food and other assistance. A total of US$12 million was allocated to social protection measures and US$8 million to the agricultural sector in the form of vouchers for farmers.

We will seek further clarification on this matter from relevant ministries and government departments.

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