Topic: Disaster Recovery, Finance and Fiscal Policy, Government Buildings | Posted By: aphillip
Thursday, 28 March 2019 - 5:01pm
The Project Coordination Committee (PCC) met on Wednesday, March 27 to discuss updates on the Rehabilitation of "Other Government Buildings" projects financed by the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan (RRL).
The Projects Unit (PU) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is responsible for the planning and management of the RRL. The unit is headed by the Director of Projects, who acts as the Project Coordinator for the RRL and reports to the Financial Secretary (FS), Ministry of Finance.
The RRL will rehabilitate and rebuild infrastructure, re-establish early warning systems and emergency communications, provide sustainable support to persons with psychosocial needs and help build community resilience among parents, teachers, students, youth and other vulnerable groups.
The Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan (RRL) is a $65.291 million loan negotiated by the Government of the Virgin Islands (GOVI) with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to rebuild social and economic infrastructure in the transport, water, education and national security sectors after the disasters of 2017.
The RRL finances a new Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) system that can withstand the impact of future natural hazards. The CCTV cameras will be installed in various public places that have been identified as areas of concern.
The RRL finances the reconstruction of The Department of Disaster Management /National Emergency Operations Centre Building as well as the acquisition of early warning alert networks, data collection, seismic and weather monitoring, telecommunication and early warning equipment.
The new Department of Disaster Management building that will also house the National Emergency Operations Centre will provide essential services to the community before, during and after any disaster.