Today, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 marks the first year in office for the Saint Lucia Labour (SLP) Government.
SLP chief Dr. Kenny Anthony was sworn in as prime minister on Nov. 30, 2011 after his party captured 11 of the 17 seats in the general elections. The party campaigned successfully on the slogan “better days” under his regime.
This morning, the government’s press secretary published a list of achievements (see below) by the government on social networking site, Facebook, which was accompanied by the message: “One year into office. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it! Better days!!”
St. Lucia News Online invites our readers to vote in the poll (provided below) to rate the SLP’s performance after one year leading the government and people of Saint Lucia.
1. Tax Amnesty, where all penalties and interest will be waived on outstanding tax owed to government by both businesses and citizens. Ongoing till February 2013.
2. Commenced work on the Barre Des Isles. In one area the free flow of two way traffic has been completely restored.
3. Repurchase of Black Bay Lands lost by the UWP Government.
4. Re-introduction of STEP.
5. Year round STEP in Anse La Raye/Canaries
6. $500 Bursary Voucher for all successful Common Entrance Students
8. Programme to train and employ single mothers-SMILE
9. Stabilize the leadership of the RSLPF, with the confirmation of Vernon Francois and other senior members
10. Labour Code
11. Construction Stimulus Package
13. Barrel concessions for Christmas
14. Immediate response to BLACK SIGATOKA
15. St.Jude’s Amnesty Programme, where people owing medical bills were given discounts to settle
16. Wasco Amnesty, waiver of reconnection fees for persons wishing to regularize illegal connections.
17. Engagement of the business sector to address ease of doing business-Established a committee
18. Extension of business hours for Government from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
19. Subsidy to Minibus Drivers to avoid increases in bus fare
20. Adjustment to the pass through mechanism to allow for three month period for changes in fuel prices.
21. Rehabilitation of the Morne Lay-By
22. Renovation of Ti Rocher Micoud Health Centre
23. Island wide Rodent Eradication Programme
24. Re-Introduction of school sports Programme
25. Suspension of Common External Tariff for four years on pharmaceuticals to avoid having to pay VAT on top of the 10% import duty which existed on medicine.
26. Marchand Grounds redevelopment project
27. Piton Management Area kept off the World Heritage Sites in Danger List!
28. Appointment of National Heroes Commission
29. Construction of Dubonerre Bridge
30. Island-wide de-silting
31. Vieux-Fort sidewalk project
32. Slope stabilization around the island. Eg. Bocage, Morne Vent, Mahaut
33. Rehabilitation of Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux-Fort
35. Subsidy on chicken feed ($5.00 per bag)
36. More FADS for fishermen
34. School plant rehabilitation in August
35. Road Rehabilitation around the island. Eg. Aubriere in Vieux-Fort, Bridge Street in Castries.
36. Drainage Projects in all 17 Constituencies
37. Increase in the Income Tax Threshold to $18, 000
38. Design and contract finalized for Vieux-Fort Square
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