Parkop Clarifies Concerns Raised Regarding Major Infrastructure Development Within City

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, called a press conference yesterday to clarify concerns raised in parliament last week regarding major infrastructure development within the nations capital.

He said the National Capital District Commission, while liaising with APEC countries for Legacy Projects, also communicated with the Shenzhen Municipal Government, under the sister city arrangement. NCDC has put forward ten projects for funding, of which four were considered, but only two approved for donor funding through China Aid.

At the conference, Governor Parkop clarified that funding for the rehabilitation of the Poreporena Freeway and the government boulevards is primarily from China Aid in preparation for APEC. He explained there were four formal projects proposed that totalled up to K155 million. However, only two projects were approved for donor funding.

Construction work has already started for the Poreporena Freeway and government boulevards. This is a turnkey arrangement where China Aid appoints the contractor, supervises, and pays the cost. The projects are estimated to be completed by October in time for the APEC Leaders’ Summit.

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