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Japan has given a big boost to the economy of St. Lucia. Recently, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia for the improvement of Choiseul Fishing Port.

Japan to rebuild Choiseul port

On November 10, the government of Saint Lucia closed the process of XCD $22.9 million Grant Agreement with JICA. This is to address the issue of sedimentation and to develop the port of Choiseul in the Caribbean.

Choiseul Port was established by the Japanese government as a symbol of friendship between Japan and St Lucia. However, since the construction of the port in 2003, the water purification system is constantly working at its entrance, which prevents the free entry of boats and fishermen. fish in Saint Lucia have been suffering for a long time.

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In an interview with the CEO of Choiseul Fishermen Co-operative Society Ltd, Richardson Jn Baptiste, he told Loop News., “This crisis has affected the fishermen in many ways. Sometimes they need to leave the sea at 5:00 in the morning because that is when the fish are suffering, because the sand is at the entrance of the port. the water, the ships could not pass through it, so they had to wait. help move the boats away,”

According to Loop News, the Japanese team said that the project is likely to be completed by 2023.

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Department of Fisheries of Saint Lucia

The fishing sector is a major industry for Saint Lucia. Many Caribbean countries including Saint Lucia depend on the sea and fishing. The relationship between coastal communities and the sea also has cultural significance. Many Caribbean dishes such as lambi and steamed snapper are an important part of their food culture and cultural heritage.

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Source: Fish Safety Foundation

However, the problem of illegal fishing has already affected the economy of many coastal countries including Saint Lucia, which is dependent on fishing. In this case, Japan is offering its help to solve one of the decades-old problems affecting Choiseul fishermen and will bring relief to the small island.

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Japan has been working with the development of the fisheries sector in Saint Lucia for many years now. The purpose of this recent project to renovate the port is to improve the use of the Choiseul Fishing Port. Furthermore, this project will contribute to the achievement of SDGs Goals 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), and 14 (Life under water).

This project will be the main cause of economic development in Saint Lucia which Japan is helping and it shows a new era of deep relations between the two countries.

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