Tomorrow, Thursday, April 18, the Saint Labour Party holds the second in a planned island-wide series of town-hall meetings.
Tomorrow’s meeting will be hosted in Soufriere at the Soufriere Primary School starting at 7 p.m.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip J Pierre, along with Soufriere/Fond St. Jacque Parliamentary Rep. Harold Dalson, will be present to discuss issues of both national and constituency interest.
The first town hall meeting was held on Thursday, April 4 in Bellevue where hundreds of residents from Vieux-Fort North turned out to dialogue with their Parliamentary Representative Moses Jn. Baptiste and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony on issues related to Vieux-Fort North in particular and Saint Lucia in general.
During the course of the meeting, residents raised a number of issues such as the need to urgently address damaged community infrastructure, as well as the need to create new opportunities for employment, given the decline in the banana industry.
Among other things, the prime minister pointed to potential opportunities which can spring from the coconut industry. Given that Vieux-Fort North is primarily an agricultural community, the growing demand for coconuts and its bi-products offers an opportunity for diversification.
Baptiste gave an account of his stewardship and outlined plans to continue to improve the lives of the people of Vieux-Fort North.
Dr. Anthony gave an update on the state of the economy, the situation existing between the government of Saint Lucia and the CSA, the Saint Jude’s Hospital project, among others.
The government came in for praise on its handling of the affairs of Saint Lucia in such difficult times and for the introduction of new programmes such as NICE.