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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #221
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A great report made by the European Union showing all the modern faces of French Guiana (geography, infrastructures, demography, economy, education, science, etc.). It's quite recent (early 2011) and offers rarely seen views of French Guiana.

The report is available in English, French, and Portuguese.

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Old November 17th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #222
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Really interesting documentary. Thanks for the share

Brisavoine, what is your opinion about French Guyana future economic development? Do you think that it can transform itself into a true gateway for the EU companies into LatAm. With the recently discovered oil and the space center, this might facilitate the growth. Has the French government taken the necessary steps for this to be achieved in the long-run?
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Old November 18th, 2012, 01:58 AM   #223
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oh!! nice!! thanks for share!!
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Old December 14th, 2012, 04:31 AM   #224
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Picture by Sagasu of the recently completed Pointe Simon complex in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

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resorts, Martinique par tylerweaver, sur Flickr

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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #225
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seems beautiful!
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 04:53 AM   #226
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Latest video of the bridge over the Oyapock River between France (French Guiana) and Brazil (State of Amapá). The video was shot about 3 weeks ago. It's still now known when the bridge will open to traffic. The access road on the French side of the bridge was completed more than a year ago, but the Brazilians are still working on the access road on their side of the bridge.

The access road you can see in the middle of the video is the one on the French side of the bridge.

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Old February 8th, 2013, 05:24 AM   #227
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According to these recent articles, the opening date for the bridge over the Oyapock River between France and Brazil has been yet again postponed. The bridge was due to open to traffic in the 1st quarter of 2013, but now it's been pushed back to the 2nd quarter, and possibly even to the end of the year. The Brazilians are apparently incapable of completing the 2 km of road on their side of the bridge to connect the bridge with the Brazilian road network!!

Also, the Brazilians have apparently not built the customs house on their side of the border yet. The federal authorities in Brasilia received no bid following a public tender call for the customs house last October, so they had to issue a second public call for bids. Bids had to be submitted before the end of December, but I don't know if they received any. Chi va piano va sano, as they say in Italy.

http://www.guyaweb.com/nouveau-couac-pour-le-pont/
http://www.guyaweb.com/faux-depart-p...%80%99oyapock/
http://www.une-saison-en-guyane.com/...oup-trop-loin/

Driving to the bridge from the French side:
[img]http://i50.************/28w3fd.jpg[/img]

Arriving at the border checkpoint on the French side (the border inspection booths and customs house on the French side of the border were built already 2 years ago):
[img]http://i50.************/1z6tr3c.jpg[/img]

The bridge seen from the French side:
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Old February 8th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #228
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Meanwhile, in Brazil ...



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Old March 20th, 2013, 05:02 AM   #229
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Last week we learned a bit more about the long awaited opening of the bridge over the Oyapock River. According to the governor of the Brazilian state of Amapá, the bridge could finally open in... September 2014 (that's September of NEXT year)!

Apparently the access road to the bridge on the Brazilian side of the border is almost complete, but after having botched the public tender for the customs house and border checkpoint on the Brazilian side of the bridge, they only have found now a contractor, and it could take until September 2014 before the contractor completes the Brazilian customs house and border checkpoint buildings. The governor of Amapá said September 2014 was the latest time at which the work would be completed, but it's possible it will be completed before.

It's just incredible that a country the size of Brazil, which pretends to become a developed country that matters in the world, is taking THREE YEARS to open a bridge whose construction ended in August 2011 (all access roads and custom buildings were already ready on the French side of the border by 2011). Unbelievable!
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La 8ème réunion de la commission mixte transfrontalière s’est achevée hier soir (mercredi 13 mars 2013) au terme de trois jours de réflexion à Cayenne. Ouverture du pont sur l’Oyapock, coopération Guyane-Brésil, carte transfrontalière…des sujets qui ont attiré notre attention.




Comment évoquer les questions de coopération sans évoquer le pont de l’Oyapock ? Si l’ouvrage est terminé côté français, les travaux côté Brésilien sont loin d’être achevés. L’ouverture tant attendue ne sera donc pas pour tout de suite. Le gouverneur de l’Amapa, Camilo Peribe, annonce un délai maximum de 540 jours. « On a l’accès qui est presque prêt. Pour l’installation frontalière, on a une compagnie qui a répondu à l’appel d’offre. Dans un délai de 540 jours on devrait avoir l’installation. C’est long c’est vrai, mais au moins maintenant on a un délai et on va travailler. 540 jours c’est une vision pessimiste mais c’est pour ne pas donner une date qui ne sera pas réalisable. Je pense qu’on avancera avec sécurité et ça va marcher peut-être plus tôt que ça. »


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Old March 20th, 2013, 07:13 PM   #230
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well I guess that for Brazil is not a very important issue, but for guyana and france it is an important issue. But I agree, too much time!
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Old March 20th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #231
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Amapa government its too much incompetent.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 11:34 PM   #232
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well I guess that for Brazil is not a very important issue
I don't think so, otherwise they wouldn't have pushed to build the bridge. It was always the Brazilians who wanted the bridge more than the French.

But what's amazing, and I think it tells a lot about Brazil, is that they built the bridge and didn't even plan an access road, a customs house and the border checkpoint buildings.

France, on the other hand, was not very keen on the bridge (people in French Guiana in particular were broadly opposed to building the bridge), but as soon as the construction of the bridge was launched, the French built their access road, customs house, border checkpoint, etc., all completed before the bridge was even finished.

I think this story tells something about the gap between Europe and Latin America. Frankly I didn't expect Brazil would botch so much on this issue. I would have expected that from Suriname. But from Brazil??
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Some aerial views of the suburb of Dumbéa-sur-Mer currently under construction, 13 km (8 miles) from the city center of Nouméa, New Caledonia. It's located on both sides of the motorway leading to Nouméa's La Tontouta International Airport. Dumbéa-sur-Mer will accommodate 25,000 inhabitants when it's completed, which will be 10% of the Greater Nouméa population.

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Old April 1st, 2013, 04:53 AM   #234
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Dumbéa-sur-mer again







A new city is being born ... in the middle of nowhere ...



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Some more views of Dumbéa-sur-Mer on both sides of the motorways. According to the Greater Nouméa authorities, Dumbéa-sur-Mer will cover 600 hectares and is the largest planned urban zone (ZAC) currently under construction in the French Republic.

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Social housing:







Residential housing:



Streets still under construction overlooking the Pacific Ocean:

One year before:


One year after:
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This vast suburb will contain:
- a 650 bed hospital, cancer institute, Pasteur Institute unit, medical laboratories, etc. called Médipôle
- a large shopping mall (centre commercial)
- a fire station (pompiers)
- a high school
- an industrial and commercial zone

(note that Savexpress is the name of the motorway)


Public authorities laying the cornerstone of the high school:



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Two videos showing the beginning of construction of the Médipôle last summer, in the northwestern suburbs of Nouméa. The Médipôle will be the largest and most technologically advanced hospital in Oceania east of Australia. It will open in 2015.



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Old April 2nd, 2013, 12:59 AM   #237
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Nouméa is growing fast.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 02:25 AM   #238
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Between the 1996 and 2009 censuses, the population of Greater Nouméa grew by +2.44% per year. It's unlikely that the population growth has slowed down since 2009. Nouméa is probably the fastest growing metropolitan area in the French Republic at the moment.

The population boom is fueled by:
- a healthy fertility rate (the TFR of New Caledonia's South Province, of which Greater Nouméa makes up 90%, was 2.11 in 2010)
- migration of Melanesian Kanak people from the rural tribes of New Caledonia to Nouméa
- migration of Metropolitan Frenchmen from Metropolitan France to Nouméa
- migration of Wallisians and Futunians to Nouméa (between the 2003 and 2008 censuses the population of Wallis and Futuna actually declined, despite a high TFR, because more than 2,300 Wallisians and Futunians migrated to New Caledonia, especially to Nouméa)
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Nouméa needs a new landmark after Centre culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou
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Is Nouméa the fastest growing metropolitan above 100,000 inhabitants in France ?
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