June 30, 2022

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Gov’t discusses funding for Linden Highway rehabilitation project with IDB team

Minister Edghill was joined by Mr. Vladim Persaud, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works, Dr. Tarachand Balgobin, Director of the Project Cycle Management Division at the Ministry of Finance and Mr. Patrick Thompson, Chief Transport and Planning Officer.

The Government of Guyana is one step closer to securing funding through a loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), for the rehabilitation of the Linden Soesdyke Highway.

Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, on Wednesday, met with a Mission from the IDB to discuss the urgent need for the project and how it will benefit the country’s current infrastructure development agenda.

The IsDB team was led by Mr. Atiq Ahmad, Lead Global Transport Specialist -Economic and Social Infrastructure Department, General Directorate for Global Practices & Partnerships of the IsDB.

Minister Edghill was joined by Mr. Vladim Persaud, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works, Dr. Tarachand Balgobin, Director of the Project Cycle Management Division at the Ministry of Finance and Mr. Patrick Thompson, Chief Transport and Planning Officer.

During the meeting, the IsDB team was introduced to their local technical counterparts from the Ministry of Public Works.  

Giving brief remarks, Minister Edghill reiterated the importance of the Linden Soesdyke Highway Project and assured the visiting team there is already an accountability system in place to ensure this project is executed efficiently.

“This project will ensure the benefits of all communities and regions.”

The Linden Soesdyke Highway is the main road link that connects Guyana’s coastland to the mining town of Linden and the country’s interior regions and is over 60 years old. It is currently in a deplorable state, causing much concern to drivers who ply the route daily.