The Japanese will be providing US$11 million (EC$30m) grant.
The Japanese delegation at the ceremony included the Trinidad-based Japanese Ambassador-designate to St. Kitts and Nevis, Yoshimasa Tezuka, and his wife Mrs. Chiruzu Tezuka, Chief Representative of JICA Caribbean Regional Office Mr. Shoji Ozawa, and the Second Secretary, Japan Embassy in Trinidad, Mr. Tsuyoshi Koga.
Parry told the Japanese that Japan has been a nation of its word. “After that catastrophic disaster in that country, Parry said he was worried that they would say that Nevis would have to wait three years or five years and that would have been reasonable.
Premier Parry drew the attention of fishers on Nevis to the days when it was stated that St. Kitts used to get all the money while Nevis got nothing. He told them what Nevis was getting was not a loan but a grant in aid, which was supported by the Federal Government.
He stated that his administration believes in excellence, as do all Nevisians. The NRP-led Nevis Island Administration has demonstrated at every step of the way that the only word that it entertains is excellence, he observed, adding that that excellence must have been felt from the top to the bottom.
Accompanying the Premier at the signing ceremony were Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Robelto Hector, Junior Minister for Trade and Industry, Dwight Cozier, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Kelvin Daly and other senior government officials. During his remarks, Premier Parry singled out for mention, Nevis’ first Minister of Agriculture Mr. Arthur Evelyn, who also witnessed the colorful ceremony.