At a Falkland Islands Executive Council meeting on 10 September 2021, the Falkland Islands Government approved plans to proceed to the next stage of their project to construct a modern port facility for the Falkland Islands.
On the importance of the port to the Islands economy, Chair of the Chamber, Mike Summers, said, “As an island nation, our links with the wider world are crucial for our economy and way of life. With the current facilities approaching the end of their life, making this investment into our nation’s infrastructure now is vital for ensuring our fishing, agriculture and tourism sectors can continue to grow. Beyond that, this project is important to all businesses in the islands, particularly retail, construction and other services.”
The government also stressed the importance of involving local businesses in constructing the facility, committing to “engage early with the local Falkland Islands business sector, to highlight potential sub-contract work packages”. This early engagement should provide opportunities for local businesses to plan ahead to provide the services needed, keeping money within the local economy.
The Chamber will keep our members updated on any opportunities for engagement on this exciting project as they arise.