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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, January 17, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris led a delegation of top-level government officials on a tour of the 273-suite high-end St. Kitts Ramada Resort, which is currently in an advanced stage of its construction. The Ramada project is being developed by Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate Corporation.

The touring delegation was made of Cabinet ministers Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Shawn Richards; the Honourable Vance Amory; the Honourable Eugene Hamilton; the Honourable Vincent Byron, and the Honourable Wendy Phipps, as well as Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Huggins. Also on hand were the CEO of Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate Corporation, Ms. Ying Jin; Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, Mr. Les Khan; CEO/Managing Director of the Whitegate Development Corporation, Mr. Ellis Hazel and Ambassador Her Excellency Constance Mitcham.

The tour included a walkthrough of the construction site, which included a visit to a model room completely furnished and equipped with full amenities.

Following the tour, majority of stakeholders on hand expressed their full satisfaction with the progress and direction in which the construction work on the hotel has taken.

While delivering remarks, Mr. Ellis Hazel expressed his delight with the construction work taking place on the development, noting that the Ramada project is arguably one of the largest construction sites in the Federation right now.

He added, “It is likely to grow into the largest construction site in the entire Eastern Caribbean in another couple of months with the pursuit of phase two. Phase two of the project would include possibly two other hotel sites, a series of luxury villas, further condo units and would really lead to the true transformation of the Whitegate area.”

Prime Minister Harris used the occasion to reiterate the full support of his Team Unity-led administration to the Ramada project, noting, “We have seen progress here. This is my second site visit…and I am satisfied that the project is advancing apace and the project deserves the continuing support of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

Dr. Harris further added that it was the intervention of his Cabinet after assuming office that helped breathe new life into this project.

“Contracts and commitments were made but nothing more. It was through the hard work of my administration, working in partnership with the developers that allowed them to get from ground zero to where we are today, talking about the imminent opening of a landmark hotel property – an international hotel property in the Ramada Windham brand,” the Honourable Prime Minister added.

Safety precautions will be put into place during construction to make sure everything is above board and working safely and thoroughly. The workers will be wearing customized workwear with safety helmets and branded safety boots, making sure that the team is approaching the project with full security. Construction accidents may result from injuries caused by chemicals, explosions, heavy machinery, slips and falls, and heavy machinery malfunctions. Worker safety may be enhanced by making sure they have access to the tools and equipment they need to avoid such risks. Custom heavy load moving solutions (such as utility machine skates or similar others), for instance, could be considered to move or shift heavy machines and equipment without causing injury to anyone. However, being a construction site, there is still risk of illness or injury. In case of any health and safety issues, the team will be issued with on site industrial first aid kits as well.

The St. Kitts Ramada Hotel is an approved project under the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. It is expected to open its doors to the public in September 2019.

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