Caribbean Export boosting the international competitiveness of the region’s services sector
- Sep 18, 2020 - 2:21:40 PM
As services industries and providers across the region learn to navigate
the global pandemic, Caribbean Export Development Agency in
collaboration with the Belize Coalition of Services Provides, the
Jamaica Coalition of Services Industries and the Trinidad and Tobago
Coalition of Services Industries are stepping in to host a training
ECADE elects new Directors via virtual AGM
- Aug 14, 2020 - 5:13:53 PM
The Board of Directors of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity
and Equality (ECADE) is energised to move forward with a renewed mandate
from its membership, after its annual general meeting on August 8,
The meeting, attended by ECADE membership from across the
EC, reviewed ECADE’s operations since the last AGM and its current
United States working with The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency to build disaster resilience
- Aug 14, 2020 - 2:30:55 PM
On August 14, the United States Government in partnership with the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) launched a new
USD $4.5 million initiative entitled “Caribbean Climate Resilience
Initiative.” This new initiative will help countries reduce disaster
risks as well as absorb and recover from hazard impacts and climate
In December 2019, the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) announced the availability of funding
to improve disaster resilience in the Caribbean...
Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Advocates for COVID-19 Pre-testing
- Aug 14, 2020 - 10:58:15 AM
In an interview this week with CNBC, the world leader in business news,
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet discussed the
Caribbean’s response to COVID-19, protocols to guide the reopening of
the travel industry and Saint Lucia’s successes in managing the
Prime Minister Chastanet applauded the region for its
general quick response to the pandemic, the management of the pandemic...
United Workers Party Vieux Fort South branch on upcoming general elections
- Aug 12, 2020 - 9:35:09 PM
The duly constituted Executive of the United Workers Party, Vieux Fort
South Constituency Branch, takes this opportunity to totally
disassociate the branch from the pronouncements being made in the media
and elsewhere that a candidate has been chosen to contest the Vieux Fort
South seat on behalf of the UWP for the upcoming general elections...
ECLAC meeting discusses data protection, privacy rights, and e-government in the Caribbean
- Aug 11, 2020 - 12:54:33 PM
Countries across the Caribbean are preparing to adopt or strengthen
their data protection legislation in order to guarantee individual
privacy rights and safeguard personal data, while creating an enabling
environment for data sharing and e-government in the subregion.
benefits of implementing internationally aligned data protection and
sharing legislation were discussed during a virtual expert group meeting
(EGM) convened by ECLAC Caribbean on 15 July 2020...
Commonwealth Secretary-General on resolution of Guyana electoral impasse
- Aug 3, 2020 - 9:32:44 AM
I extend congratulations to His Excellency Dr Irfan Ali upon his
swearing-in as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana following
the declaration of the 2 March General Election and Regional election
results on 2 August 2020 by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
commend former President, His Excellency David Granger, for his
stewardship of Guyana since 2015...
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...