The government of Saint Lucia plans to establish a National Vision Commission.
This was disclosed by Governor General Pearlette Louisy in the Throne Speech delivered earlier today.
This Commission, Louisy said, will capture the “opportunities, priorities, timelines, sacrifices, and the protection of what we value most”.
According to her Excellency, “Our country needs a vision. It needs a plan, a strategy, a coherence of minds, a consensus among all parties, public and private, on the way forward in expanding opportunities for all through our economic, social and spatial development.
“Just as we can look back on time, we need also to envisage with clarity where we want to be in 15 years and further beyond that horizon, even 50 years, to 2063. We must be a nation of foresight, not of fear. The heritage of our people demands it.”
Speaking to a packed chamber, the governor general gave the assurance that the Commission will not “reinvent the wheel” but will engage all actors of the state.
She stressed: “My government wishes to establish this year an inclusive National Vision Commission with the support and involvement of all State actors, including Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. This Commission will be charged with leading the dialogue for crafting a National Vision and Strategy. The Commission will be selected through consultation with the prime minister, the leader of the Opposition, multi-sectoral groups from throughout the country and my good office. The ensuing dialogue must be broad-reaching and timely. It must embrace all communities. However, more than anything, my government wishes to stress that this must not be seen as just another project or ‘talk-shop’ but a process essential to nation building.”
The governor general further highlighted the urgency in establishing a body which seeks and documents the strategies to develop Saint Lucia and all things Saint Lucian.
She added: “My Government believes that the country must not discard past and existing efforts, bodies of knowledge and contending ideas. Instead, this Commission must consider all the work done in the past by this and former governments, in the process of shaping a national vision. This national vision and strategy must be multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, broad-ranging and far-reaching. It must capture the essence of the Saint Lucian dream. It must capture the practical and the achievable, while still being bold and innovative.”