John Bowker, DFID’s Infrastructure Adviser and Pauline Scott, DFID’s Deputy Programme Manager, arrived on Island on Monday 25 November.
Their purpose was to review the current infrastructure on St Helena and establish further work to be conducted within the programme. They also assessed previous recommendations and work to date – looking at progress and the challenges which have been met.
Pauline and John met with a range of stakeholders, including project managers, SHG officials, and Councillor Cyril George, Chair of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee. During the week they have examined specific projects, including divestment of water and electricity to Connect St Helena Ltd, the new prison and evaluating essential improvements needed at the General Hospital.
Shortly before the team departed St Helena this morning, John explained:
“We have met with key stakeholders and gained a clear view of the infrastructure needs of the Island. One of the key reasons for our visit is to gather information in order to write a business case for St Helena
“A lot of work still needs to be done but, for example, the work done at the power plant, the new generators, solar power and improvements to the drainage systems on the road network, are investments which will in future cut costs for St Helena Government.”
John plans to visit the Island on a yearly basis and to work closely with relevant stakeholders and help overcome any difficulties that arise in implementing projects.
DFID’s role – working closely with SHG – is to provide advice, support and funding to address priority needs on St Helena as the Airport approaches.
29 November 2013