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PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, says the Government of Saint Lucia is aware that the Fisheries Complex has payments outstanding to fishermen, particularly from Laborie and Vieux Fort.
The Prime Minister has confirmed that the sums will be settled in short order.
According to Dr. Anthony,“I wish to reassure our fishing community, especially those who earn their livelihoods from the seas off our south-west corridor, that these unresolved amounts will be paid in the next few days. Over the past few days I have had meetings with the manager of the Fisheries Complex and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries over the situation confronting the Complex. I wish to reassure our fishing community that they will be paid in the next few days as the Government is now in the process of sourcing funds to meet the outstanding payments.”
The Prime Minister further explained that the Fisheries Complex is operating at a huge loss, a challenge he explains the new Board will have to handle swiftly.
Said Dr. Anthony, “Since 2010, the Government of Saint Lucia has subsidised the operations of the Complex by a staggering five million dollars (EC$5,000,000). This situation cannot continue indefinitely, and the new Board of the Complex will have to engage the fishing community with alacrity to reduce and eliminate the losses incurred by the Complex. We have to find solutions, because the situation is untenable.”
A new Board for the Complex will be announced in the coming weeks.