Resources addressed to improve farms to market roads
Official opening of the Rural Roads Advisory Committee
Tegucigalpa. On January 29t, 2007, the Rural Roads Advisory Committee (CCCR for its name in Spanish) was formally launched with the attendance of representatives of governmental institutions and other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Housing; Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock; the Honduran Social Investment Fund, the Association of Municipalities of Honduras, and members of MCA-Honduras staff.
For this first meeting, the agenda for included presentation of the MCA-Honduras Program and the Transportation and Rural Development Projects; the scope of the Farms to Market Roads upgrading activity, as well as socialization of the first eligibility and feasibility criteria. Additional presentations also included introduction to the prioritization model to be implemented by CIES-COHEP and MCA-Honduras.
Project will include 1,500 Kms of tertiary roads with an investment of US$ 21.5 million
Financing will only cover tertiary roads which are not currently included in any other program or project, located in areas of significant productive and economic value, and of relevant importance for agribusiness development.
In order to apply for funding, municipalities must abide to the above mentioned criteria, and undergo a selection process to identify those roads presenting the greatest economic return (12% minimum profitability rate). Municipalities must also agree to co-finance 20% of total road improvement costs and assume permanent maintenance expenses.
Attendees to this first meeting included: On behalf of CCCR, Nicolás Cerrato, Jorge Soto, Fernando Escobar, Gunther Von Wiese, Oscar J. Velásquez, Virgilio Zelaya, Alden Rivera Montes, and representing MCC and MCA-Honduras: John Wingle, Carol Elwin and Jonathan Brooks, Martín Ochoa, Esther Alemán, Gustavo Acosta, Marina Ponce and Orly Ardila.
Members of CCCR at their first meeting.
From left to right: Fernando Escobar and Nicolás Cerrato of CCCR.