The Government of Montserrat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in cooperation with the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF) has launched with the Little Bay Port Development one of the largest projects in recent times in Montserrat.
“Today’s launch of the port project marks one of the first steps towards the fulfilment of the long hoped for transformation dream. We have had to change our path several times, tacking against the wind as we press on inch by inch towards our destiny. That is how, today, we are now witnessing the reality of one of Montserrat’s giant steps; a huge step for access, for trade and for tourism,” said Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.
The new port with a total investment of £21.4 million (EC$ 76.5 million) will be able to accommodate larger cruise ships than those currently accommodated and it is expected that the number of cruise passengers will increase. The project has been made possible through grant funding of £14.4 million from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) under UKCIF. The Fund is administered by CDB. The Government of Montserrat is providing £7 million in counterpart resources with financial support from the European Union.