United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Allen Chastanet wants Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to shed light on the details of St. Lucia’s agreement with ALBA.
In an address to the nation, Chastanet said he has requested that the leader of the opposition write to the prime minister asking him to inform the public of the country’s commitment to ALBA, which St. Lucia recently joined.
According to Chastanet, the UWP and other individuals are “shocked and dismayed” that the Dr. Anthony has yet to inform the public or parliament on these commitments.
“We have only read through press releases by ALBA that our government has decided to join ALBA. I have asked the leader of the opposition to write the prime minister and to inquire on the details on the terms of this agreement. The prime minister must appreciate that if he is obligating St Lucia and all St Lucians, it must come to parliament, especially if we are borrowing money,” he said.
“Venezuela has recently announced a change in terms from one percent to four percent interest rate, and from 40 years to 20 years for re-payment. We are also extremely concerned about the potential fallout with our traditional partners such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the OECS. ALBA members have agreed to expel USAID, support Argentina over the Falklands, and to join a new currency. This government’s previous commitments, such as Rochamel and the Grynberg affair, made without consultation and no parliamentary approval, continue to cost the taxpayers of St Lucia millions of dollars and contribute to our increasing debt and decline in our financial ratings,” Chastanet said.