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(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture held its 135th Annual General Meeting on November 27th, 2019 at the Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort, where Karen Peter, Managing Director of Caribbean Metals Ltd was re-elected President.
The entire Board of Directors was reelected “en masse” by a resolution from the floor, a strong expression of the support and the appreciation for the performance of the Board over the last year.
President Peter used the forum to underscore the responsibility the Chamber carries in the nation, as articulated by Immediate Past President Martin Dorville, noting that it was three fold, ‘…as a pillar of this economy, as a member of civil society, and as a partner in the development of our country. That responsibility is owed first to members, second to the wider business community, and thirdly to the nation. As such, our tripartite responsibility is that of sentinel, trustee, and advocate.”
Ms. Peter updated members on the ongoing Strategic Transformation Process of the Chamber, reminding them of the refined Vision: We are the driving force for sustainable business and community prosperity in St. Lucia, and the Mission; To foster sustainable business growth and development of our members through strong leadership, strategic advocacy and innovative services, while enabling them to positively impact their communities
The Work of the Chamber over the last year was presented in the Annual Report. Note was made of efforts to continue to revamp internal processes to enable the Chamber to deliver quality and valuable services to members. The Chamber was able to increase the number of programs and engagements with members and key government agencies as well as increase the participation of members in the activities of the Chamber which speaks to enhanced interest and renewed vibrancy. President Peter also called on members to become even more active and involved in the work of the Chamber for the benefit of all.
Deputy Director of the Economics Department of the Caribbean Development Bank, Mr. Ian Durant and Mr. Janai Leonce of the Department of Finance in St. Lucia presented perspectives and participated in an informative and engaging Panel Discussion on the St. Lucia Economy 2020 and Beyond, which provided excellent food for thought for the Chamber as they plan their Advocacy Agenda for the upcoming period of 2020 to 2021.
PM Chastanet who was in attendance applauded the efforts of the Chamber and encouraged the Chamber to take the lead in establishing a single private sector organization, that the GOSL would
identify funding for so that the interests of the entire private sector could be better represented as the body would have sufficient resources to finance a strong, effective and professional staff to better engage the public sector.
The Chamber remains ever grateful for the support of members, in particular Digicel, Bank of St. Lucia Limited and Sandals Halcyon Beach, who contributed to the overall success of the 135th AGM through Sponsorship.
The Members of the Board of Directors of the St, Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture 2019/2020 are:
President Karen Peter -Caribbean Metals
1st Vice President Johnathan Johannes -1st National Bank
2nd Vice President Jason King -St. Lucia Distillers
Immediate Past President Martin Dorville -Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd.
Executive Member Trevor Louisy -LUCELEC
Executive Member Siobhan James-Alexander -Digicel St. Lucia Ltd.
Executive Member Donna Hinkson -Sagicor
Executive Member Bruno Didier -Republic Bank
Executive Member Dr. Alison Gajadhar -KMA Consulting
Executive Member Cheryl Renwick -Renwick & Company Ltd.
Executive Member Ross Gadner -Carasco & Son Ltd.
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