ECCB GOVERNOR APPLAUDS ARGYLE AIRPORT
Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Sir Dwight Venner, has described the Argyle International AirportProject as “fascinating and long overdue”.
Following a visit to the site on Thursday May 14th (?), Sir Dwight noted that the construction of an international airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines is the fulfillment of a want by Vincentians for proper airport facilities. Sir Dwight in commenting said that all Vincentians should be proud of the efforts by the government to fulfill their years’ old dream.
He pointed out that St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica are the only two countries in the region without an international airport, the result of which is reflected in the fact that these two countries also have the lowest per capita income in the region.
Regarding the viability of the project, Sir Dwight hinted that when one is calculating the viability of any project one must take everything into consideration. He said some projects may not appear to be viable, however, viability must be looked at in its totality: financial, economic and social. He then posed these questions: What happens if St Vincent and the Grenadines becomes a modern state? What is one of the most important things needed for any modern state?
Sir Dwight opines that an inter-national airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines will provide access and increased level of security for vital things coming into the country.
He hailed the decision by government to go ahead with the construction of the international airport as a good one and said that personally he is very happy with the project. The Central Bank Governor noted that given the scope of work, 2012 for completion is feasible providing that the pace of work is kept up. He however cautioned that finishing will take time and that those doing the finishing touches on the terminal building will have to be monitored very closely to avoid undue delays.
Posted March 3, 2010