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Tuesday, March 26 2019 @ 06:41 PM UTC

T&T tapped for Panama construction projects

Canal ExpansionBy Louis B Homer for the Trinidad & Tobago Express - Almost 100 years after they helped build the Panama Canal, Trinidadians may be returning to help widen and deepen it. The project, earmarked for completion in 2015, could bring economic benefits to local construction industry contractors. Cesar Gomez, Consul General of the Republic of Panama, last week told members of the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce that they should establish new economic ties with the authorities involved in the project. He said there will be several aspects of the project that will require the type of expertise and experience that many contractors in Trinidad can get involved in. He referred specifically to the construction of some 14 power plants and several other facilities. Gomez said there will also be the need for skilled labourers. He reminded chamber members that when the canal was first built, over 23,000 workers from Trinidad were employed on the project. He explained that the work to be carried out was intended to allow more and larger vessels to use the canal, and the decision to improve shipping facilities in Panama followed a national referendum approved in 2006. In addition to opportunities in Panama, Carlos Mauricio Pineda Cruz, Ambassador to El Salvador, said several developmental projects will soon be started in El Salvador and local contractors could benefit from a multi-million-dollar road development programme which will link the capital to various parts of the country. Both foreign ambassadors addressed the South Trinidad chamber at a breakfast meeting held on Tuesday at Paria Suites Hotel, La Romaine, as part of the chamber's programme to find alternative contracts for the local business community.
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