The CDEMA Council recognises the role of the Agency in the fight against COVID-19
- Jul 8, 2020 - 1:57:06 PM
The highest decision-making body of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDEMA), which forms The Council of Ministers,
recognised the leadership role of Agency and by extension the
Participating States in the management of the COVID-19 event during the
10th Annual Ordinary Session, which was held via ZOOM over two days,
June 26 and July 3, 2020. The Council noted the efforts being undertaken
by the Agency to coordinate response and relief to the region amidst
the COVID-19 pandemic specifically in facilitating the relief supplies
hub for the region...
PM Allen Chastanet Budget Address 2020-2021 relief measures
- Jun 26, 2020 - 10:00:08 AM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet presented the 2020/2021
Appropriation Bill to the House on Tuesday under the theme “New
challenges, new opportunities for building a stronger Saint Lucia,
Together” taking an optimistic outlook at the plans for Saint Lucia’s
continued growth and progress.
The Prime Minister and Minister
for Finance spoke on Economic Recovery, gave a report on the last four
years of the Government’s tenure...
Regional Electric Mobility Actors Charged to ‘Get Started
- Jun 25, 2020 - 4:15:49 PM
Stakeholders in the energy and transportation sectors were charged not
to wait until a comprehensive plan and perfect conditions are available
in order to get started on the Regional Electric Vehicle Strategy during
an online discussion, which focused on innovation opportunities and the
The discussion, which was hosted by the
Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and
the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat, saw more than two hundred
and fifty stakeholders gathered to hear from regional and global experts
in the field...
PM Allen Chastanet presents new opportunities to build a New and Stronger Saint Lucia
- Jun 18, 2020 - 7:05:27 PM
The Government of Saint Lucia continues to work on building a new and
stronger Saint Lucia and the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance,
Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service,
Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, will continue to chart the way forward on
the Government’s vision. The Prime Minister will table the
Appropriation Bill 2020/2021 (Budget Address) in Parliament on Tuesday
June 23rd 2020 at 4:00PM...
Masks, Passes, and Privilege: Response to a Pandemic, by Rhoda Arrindell, PhD
- Jun 15, 2020 - 6:30:08 PM
“Slave passes, also called ‘certificates’ or ‘tickets,’ were written
notes granting slaves permission to leave the plantations on which they
lived. Almost all slave societies in the New World required slaves to
have written permission from their owners to leave the plantation, and
they could not leave without it. Slave passes contained the slave’s
name, the destination, the trip’s duration, the expiration date of the
pass, and the master’s signature. Passes were most commonly given to
male slaves who ran errands and performed transportation work beyond the
plantation. Depending on the master.
Thus reads an excerpt from the Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery in reference to Slavery in late 1600s America...
St. Lucia: Cannabis Commission presents Economic Analysis of Cannabis Industry to Cabinet
- Jun 15, 2020 - 2:00:00 PM
The Cannabis Commission presented to the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday
morning (June 15th) on the “Economic Analysis of the Regulation of the
Cannabis Industry in Saint Lucia.”
The Commission was set up in
July 2019 to review and make recommendations on the laws and regulations
as it relates to cannabis/marijuana.
At Monday’s meeting Cabinet
was guided by lead Minister on the issue, Minister...
Saint Lucia: Curfew time decreased as Cabinet adjusts COVID-19 protocols
- Jun 12, 2020 - 7:00:42 PM
The Cabinet of Ministers has adjusted the protocols for operations
during the State of Emergency which includes lessening of the curfew
time and hosting of social activities with the established health
protocols in place.
The Amendments to the Emergency Powers
(Disasters) (COVID-19) Order will come into effect from Monday June 15th
Over $8-Million paid out by NIC as PM Chastanet provides update on income support
- Jun 10, 2020 - 5:30:44 PM
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Honourable Allen Chastanet has
announced that the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) has paid out
over eight million dollars to Saint Lucians as part of the Income
Support Programme for NIC contributors.
In a statement this week,
Prime Minister Chastanet, noted the concerns of the public over the
amounts received by some and the processing the applications.
CCJ Issues Declaration against CARICOM and Barbados But Cement Tariff Increase Stands
- Jun 10, 2020 - 4:20:21 PM
In a judgment released today, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
upheld the decision of the Council for Trade and Economic Development
(COTED) to raise the tariff on “other hydraulic cement” imported into
Barbados. The CCJ declared, however, that the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) and Barbados failed in their respective duties to conduct
prior consultation with the importers, Rock Hard Cement Limited (“Rock
Anniversary Message: United Workers Party marks fourth year in office
- Jun 6, 2020 - 11:36:22 AM
Four years on, this United Workers Party administration continues to
champion the vision of ‘Building a New Saint Lucia’. On June 6th 2016,
the people spoke, and the country voted, for change and transformation.
Today, we take time to reflect on that call to action and the mandate
given to our Political Leader and Prime Minister Honourable Allen
Chastanet and the successful UWP candidates..
UWP Chairman’s Anniversary Message
- Jun 5, 2020 - 2:41:43 PM
Another anniversary has just landed at our door steps with COVID-19 well
in check, to keep our population in a safe environment, while taking a
toll on our economy with our Government doing all they can to keep our
head above the rising tide of economic turbulence.
As we look
back from this day the 6th June, 2016 to present, our Government under
the Leadership of the Hon. Allen Michael Chastanet...
151 more Saint Lucian Nationals scheduled to arrive this weekend
- May 23, 2020 - 11:50:33 AM
The Government of Saint Lucia will this weekend welcome 151 more
nationals through the ongoing repatriation process. Returning nationals
will include cruise ship workers and students from Canada and Barbados.
On May 24th, nineteen (19) nationals will arrive in Saint
Lucia via a chartered service from Barbados, which includes seventeen
(17) nationals being repatriated from Canada. Subsequently, fifty-nine
(59) persons will arrive aboard Disney Fantasy...
Open Letter to TUF from Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet
- May 22, 2020 - 5:36:40 PM
As you know, the Government of Saint Lucia, through a Cabinet-appointed
Ministerial SubCommittee (with support from the Department of Finance),
has been engaged in numerous discussions with the Trade Unions since
2nd April, 2020. This was in an attempt to arrive at a consensus
position on the issue of the proposed reduction in the monthly cash
outlay by Government for salaries of civil servants in the face of
reduced revenue collection and contraction in the economy, directly
caused by COVID-19...
US Embassy Barbados provides funding for PPEs to assist with the COVID-19 response in the region
- May 13, 2020 - 7:25:35 PM
In response to the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs)
and other medical supplies due to COVID-19, the United States has
donated more than US $104,000 worth of PPE and other medical supplies
for seven Eastern Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados,
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent
& the Grenadines.
“This donation is one of several programs
and initiatives the U.S. has provided to support our neighbors in the
Eastern Caribbean”, said U.S. Coast Guard Commander and Senior U.S.
Embassy Defense Official Steve Charnon...
Government of Saint Lucia announces reinstatement of Liquor Licenses
- May 7, 2020 - 10:07:46 AM
On Monday March 30th 2020 our Government took the decision to suspend
all classes of liquor licenses in Saint Lucia. It had become necessary
to impose the temporary restriction at the height of the battle against
COVID-19 when we were beginning to see a rise in the number of cases
which were locally transmitted and our country was also in a state of
Saint Lucians will recall that we faced
challenges with some people breaking the social distancing protocols and
the police were stretched in terms of manpower in trying to manage
large social gatherings...
Saint Lucia to welcome 219 returning nationals from cruise ships
- May 6, 2020 - 12:54:12 PM
Two hundred and nineteen (219) nationals will be repatriated to Saint
Lucia on Friday May 8, 2020. The nationals are employees of Carnival
Glory and Caribbean Princess cruise ships who over the past month have
been desirous of returning home due to industry challenges presented by
the COVID-19 pandemic. Two hundred and seven (207) will arrive on
Carnival Glory and twelve (12) aboard Caribbean Princess...
Saint Lucia’s PM chairs meeting as OECS explores unified solutions and timelines for tourism sector
- May 5, 2020 - 8:23:26 PM
the economies of the OECS all hard hit and in some cases completely
decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Member States are looking toward
recovery efforts in all sectors.
Recognizing that the Tourism
Industry is the major contributor, with linkages to every other economic
activity, the Governments of the OECS have included tourism as a
priority in recovery plans and actions...
Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director (Acting) of CDEMA
- May 2, 2020 - 12:45:00 PM
The Chairman of the Council of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honorable Ralph Higgs, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Riley as Executive Director
(Acting) of the Agency with effect from May 1, 2020.
Ms. Riley joined the team at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit in 2001 and has
been the Deputy Executive Director since April 2012. She also acted in
the Deputy position between 2009 and 2012.
Ms. Riley has over 20 years experience in the area of disaster
management at the regional and international levels in various