By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Chief Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie is expected to meet Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian on Monday after he received verbal assurances from the $3.5 billlion resort's lender China Export Import Bank that it was willing to work with all stakeholders to complete the stalled West Bay Street project.
The Prime Minister told guests at a special meeting in New York on Thursday night that Mr Izmirlian was the only remaining major stakeholder on his schedule, according to a statement released by Bahamas Information Services.
Mr Christie met China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), the parent company of Baha Mar's general contractor China Construction America (CCA), in New York on Monday.
“Around nine last night I started a conference call with the president of China Import Export Bank," Mr Christie said.
"We spoke for 45 minutes or thereabout on this conference call where I got the agreement of the bank to work assiduously with the construction company and the government of The Bahamas and the developer to resume construction.
“So I have now met with the construction company; I have met through a conference call with the bank; I have met with the bank’s representatives at my office [Wednesday] lunch time so I only now have to meet with the developer as Prime Minister and I am meeting with the developer on Monday.”
The special meeting for members of the Bahamian diaspora in New York was organised by the Bahamas Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of American States (OAS) headed by Dr Elliston Rahming.
This week, CCA returned to the Cable Beach project to conduct site analysis and assessments necessary finish the development, which is estimated to be 97 per cent complete. The general contractor was re-engaged by Baha Mar's court appointed provisional liquidators.
On Thursday, Mr Christie said: “The intention is to be able to impress upon all of the parties that the government of The Bahamas wants this hotel or resort completed because there are thousands of young people who will be employed."