PM again defends his frequent foreign travels

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PM again defends his frequent foreign travels
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has reacted to the continued insinuation that his frequent overseas trips are meaningless and there has been not one single investment coming out from them.

Chastanet said that his foreign trips were necessary and will bear fruit in many sectors on the island.

In highlighting the gains of his foreign trips, Chastanet said the multi-million dollar Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project is one “good example.”

“We have a couple of the hotel projects that we are going to be announcing later. The Sandals project had been on the table for a long time. I had two trips with Mr. Stewart (Gordon “Butch”) in terms of trying to convince him that the timing was now,” he said.

The prime minister said he also had meetings with the owners of Coconut Bay.

His other overseas travels included meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the International Financial Corporation (IFC).

“The IFC will be back down here to talk about the airport project. I’ve not made that public, but I am happy with the formula that they are proposing and I am hoping that we can find either a new formula through them. We have been in discussions with other people about now doing the airport project for us,” he added.

Chastanet said he also had several meetings with the “appropriate authorities,” to find a sponsor to facilitate the construction of a cruise ship terminal in the South of the island.

Meetings were also held with officials in Martinique and France to market Saint Lucia bananas.

“In the first quarter, you will hear further announcements about new investments coming to the destination.”

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  1. +++++++++++++
    Anonymous
    January 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM
    The creole saying goes like this: "if the crab does not leave its hole, it won't find food to eat". Sorry. Sorry. Saint Lucia's young population has turn this on its head. Nowadays, you leave home to kill in order to eat. Now that is quite a different picture.

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    +++++++++
    Amen!

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  2. it look like some peoplethink it is fun to seat in the aeroplane for hours.... Just take a trip who last 8 hours and more and you will change your mind. Its a pain in the a..

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  3. A couple years ago, the ex PM of St Lucia travelled to Mauritius (a tiny island in the Indian Ocean) to attend some conference or other, representing St Lucia. This was never disclosed by the St Lucian media, but rather in the Jamaican "Gleaner".

    Also,the same with the ex-PM who travelled to Australia to attend a conference, representing St Lucia, regarding security for the smaller Commonwealth nations. Not a word from our media - again, it came out in the Jamaican news; because the Jamaican PM at the time (Portia Simpson-Millar) blasted the other Caribbean governments for not taking advantage of the offer by the larger Commonwealth nations (Canada, UK, Australia, etc.) offering urgent assistance to the Caribbean in the wake of natural disasters. Not a word!!

    So PM Chastanet, should stay shackled to St Lucia? Instead of going out to represent his country for whatever reason? PM Chastanet cannot even shift in his chair, without someone shouting "He moved!!"

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  4. DSH came out of Chastenets travel? Mama.. Mate can lie. The DSH deal that he himself has admitted was in the works two years ago and rejected by the last govt.

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    • It came under the S.L.P. but they were "sitting on it" for a while (based on an interview with Mr. Hilaire). You can have something in your reach but nothing will happen if you don't act on it.

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      • Well said Observer! History is repeating it self . This is want dislike about all politicians ,they could look at you in the eye and lie to you without even blinking, thinking that they are the only intelligent ones and the balance of the country belonging to the family Equidae, which includes the horses, asses, and zebras. Chastanet is not creating any Jobs . the only thing Chastanet is creating is sky mile for himself when he leaves politics he will be able to travel around the world for free for the rest of his life on the millions of miles he has accumulated at tax payers expenses. I will look forward to the day when these trickcian give credit where credit is due ,but most of all I would love to see them spend some vacation time in Dennery correctional facility.That would correct them so they could have their facts straight .

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  5. I only hope in all your travels Mr PM, reckless could in no way be attributed to you and all your meetings with international figures and co operations.

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  6. Interesting to read what one of the recommendatons was that came out of the 2011 audit of the IFC:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Finance_Corporation

    **The corporation is assessed by an independent evaluator each year. In 2011, its evaluation report recognized that its investments performed well and reduced poverty, but recommended that the corporation define poverty and expected outcomes more explicitly to better-understand its effectiveness and approach poverty reduction more strategically. **

    Let us hope that the outcomes as defined above will be clear and explicit for the impending P3 (Public Private Partnership) expansion of UVF. Cannot wait to see what the airport arrival and departure fees will be. Little voices talk about one possibility being a tiered fee structure, with CIP passport holders being exempt. I hope that this is not true.

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  7. The creole saying goes like this: "if the crab does not leave its hole, it won't find food to eat". Sorry. Sorry. Saint Lucia's young population has turn this on its head. Nowadays, you leave home to kill in order to eat. Now that is quite a different picture.

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