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Preliminary Works Progress on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Building

Jeff Thorson (left), Nakash Construction, Project Superintendent in discussion with Patrick Edwards, Clerk of Works, Urban Development Corporation (UDC) recently, as coastal protection (sheet piles) works (in background) progress along the Old Myrtle Bank site on the Kingston Waterfront. This aspect of the project is being managed by the National Works Agency. The works are part of the 11 storey office construction for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade valued J$3.968 Billion of which approximately J$3.267 Billion will be funded by a grant from the People’s Republic of China. The Government of Jamaica is providing funds for the coastal protection, drainage and external works, the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is giving oversight to the project while the UDC is carrying out project management and technical support duties. Funding/oversight is being coordinated through the Ministry of Finance. Jiangsu Jiangdu Construction Group Ltd is the main contractor. The construction activities are scheduled to be completed by December 2018.