Chief Minister Banks focusing on projects to boost economy

ANGUILLA–Chief Minister Victor Banks told members of the media at a press briefing on Tuesday, July 4, that he is focusing on making sure that current projects come to fruition soon and therefore boost the economy.

He spoke of the signing and sale of Cap Juluca to Belmond noting that the company is well-known and owns La Samanna in St. Martin. He said he has every confidence that Belmond is doing a good job at Cap Juluca which they have now taken over.

Banks also spoke of the negotiations and signing of the Forest Bay Development noting that another developer, ICA, is working with the Conch Bay Development Company and signed a Memorandum with the Government of Anguilla.

He said it involves 86 acres of land belonging to the Lake family and part of the agreement is for 3,000 additional feet of land for the extension of the airport. The project will include a marina, a cruise terminal and upland development. He said he was recently in Fort Lauderdale for a function organised by the Anguilla Progressive Association of New York and took the opportunity to speak with some of the investors who will be sending a team to Anguilla at the end of this month.

Banks will be travelling to the United Kingdom (UK) next week for follow up meetings with Overseas Territories leaders at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with particular attention on Brexit and how it will affect the territories. He said that Anguilla has a particular position as it has borders with French and Dutch countries. Whilst in London he plans to meet with officials and put forward the airport plans for Anguilla.

Minister of Social Development Evans McNiel Rogers said he is continuing with plans to raise funds for the proposed Medical Complex in Anguilla, and is grateful to the many home owners and visitors to Anguilla who are assisting with the project.

Rogers announced that this week a new Director of Medical Services has begun work in Anguilla. She is Dr. Lishaw Ward from St. Kitts and is to be introduced to the press at a later date. He spoke of the new CT Scanner that is due in Anguilla soon and the work currently being carried out to protect against radiation and to install lead metal sheets on the walls and shutters of the re-furbished room that will house the scanner. He said work is also being carried out on the flooring and a UPS is being installed to provide a continuous power supply.

Source: The Daily Herald