The Government of Saint Lucia, Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment in conjunction with the Gros Islet Constituency Council, Soufriere Constituency Council and the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation has been engaged with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) towards the establishment of the Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) Program.
The program is aimed at stimulating sustainable local economic development (LED) through the growth of the medium, small and medium size enterprise (MSME) sector; and strengthening the capacity of local governments.
Utilizing funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the program hopes to work with around 50 municipalities to implement or facilitate 500 LED MSMEs over a five year period (2012 – 2017). In the first phase (2012 – 2014) the program will focus on seven (7) Caribbean countries, including three in the OECS, viz., Dominica, Grenada and Saint Lucia.
Dr. Naresh Singh, Program Director and Ms. Vernita Maryat, Implementation Manager will be undertaking a mission to the OECS with a visit to Saint Lucia, Friday 12th – Sunday 14th to meet with key stakeholders and sign the MOU which signals the official start of the Saint Lucia component of the program.
The meeting at the Ministry of Social Transformation’s conference room, Friday 12th at 10:30 am will also discuss steps for program implementation in Saint Lucia; as well as explain the rationale and expected modes of collaboration with various national agencies.