Mexico and Saint Lucia discuss agriculture, tourism and investment during Prime Minister’s official visit

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Mexico and Saint Lucia discuss agriculture, tourism and investment during Prime Minister’s official visit
Prime Minister Hon Allen Chastanet is greeted by Amb. Luis Alfonso de Alba Góngora, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Prime Minister Hon Allen Chastanet is greeted by Amb. Luis Alfonso de Alba Góngora, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean.

(PRESS RELEASE) – The streets of Mexico were lined with the national flags of Saint Lucia as the host country Mexico warmly welcomed an Official Visit from Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, has an extensive agenda while in Mexico which includes high level meetings in the areas of agriculture, tourism and investment.

Following his arrival on Monday October 23rd, Prime Minister Chastanet and the Saint Lucia delegation, which includes Minister with Responsibility for External Affairs, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Dr. Gale TC Rigobert, Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the Organization of American States (OAS) Ambassador H.E. Anton Edmunds and Ambassador of CARICOM, OECS and Diaspora, H.E. Elma Gene Isaac, met with Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Farming, Rural Development and Fisheries (SAGARPA). During the meeting Mexico pledged more support towards Saint Lucia’s agricultural sector and greater collaboration.

The delegation also held meetings with the Intelligence Division of the National Security Commission, Mexico’s Touristic Policy Planning unit and Mexico’s Minister of Public Education. The agenda continues with a special forum on “Opportunities of Investment in Saint Lucia” on October 24th.

Following the Official Visit to Mexico, the Saint Lucia delegation will attend the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Mexican States in Belize City, Belize, on 25 October 2017.

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  1. Its good that we can harness the influences of OECS and Caricom to aid our economic sector in St. Lucia. It can also indicate that we are willing to assist the rest of the region when our own opportunities present themselves. It may even show that Chastanet understands the link with the rest of the regional body and recognizes that most changes have to be taken on a regional level if they have to be effective. Take the issue of Marijuana for example, like many other decisions, our own path has direct consequences on other sister islands and our collective judiciary. We have to recognize that kind of leadership in contrast to what went on before which was neither broadminded nor productive. In fact that tunnel-visioned approach was responsible for undermining the progress of Caricom resulting in a populist view of the body was that it was useless to its citizens. This is not directed at giving the PM props but just to recognize the approach which is a departure from the norm.

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