Prime Minister calls on St. Lucians to be “bold and courageous”

By OPM

unnamed-1PRESS RELEASE – While addressing a briefing on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project on Thursday morning at the Sandals Grande St Lucian Beach Resort and Spa, Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet called for Saint Lucians to be “bold and courageous” in the face of new opportunities.

“There are always going to be the naysayers,” said Prime Minister Chastanet toward the end of his address. “The people who can only criticize but never sit back and ask about all the people who are suffering. Do they live in those people’s homes? What does it mean to be unemployed in this country and also to be poor? Shouldn’t that be the priority of what we are trying to do? Does politics have no boundaries? I am asking the people of Saint Lucia to come out and support this initiative. You may not like every detail of it but what we are doing is putting a plan on the table of being able to move this country forward.”

Prime Minister Chastanet was addressing a room filled with business persons, government officials and representatives from the various town councils in the south of the island. The purpose of the briefing was an update on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project by Desert Star Holdings Limited and the unveiling of the proposed phase two of the project.

“It is the intention of my government with what Mr Teo Ah Khing and his team have done to now drive the south in order to take the bold and courageous decisions and to take our rightful place in the world,” said the Prime Minister. “We were elected under the theme of building a new Saint Lucia and we didn’t just marginally win this election we won it with one of the largest mandates ever. It is the intention of this Government to fulfill that mandate. Very clearly specified in our manifesto was the importance of the south.”

The Prime Minister then spoke to the process to come regarding the project:

“It is okay to dream. It is okay to have a vision but singularly the most important aspect of success is implementation,” he said. “It means that somebody has to pull the trigger at some point. So today we are here to announce that this what the dream is. We intend to have full EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) studies. We intend to allow the public of Saint Lucia to digest this; to determine what they like and what they don’t like; to get the feedback from the south and the citizens of the south. To make sure that the plans that we have and the scale that we have is compatible with the capacity of Saint Lucia to be able to grow. Once we are satisfied that we have done those things we must make the decision to implement.”

The Prime Minister went on: “I am going to be appointing a taskforce specifically for this project with various departments to ensure that we do the necessary work but at the same time that we are ready to implement this project as soon as all the work has been completed. Saint Lucia it is time for us take control of our own destiny. Let us stop living in mediocrity. Let us develop our assets for all the citizens in the south and for Saint Lucia. The time for change is now.”

During his presentation Chairman of DSH Teo Ah Khing spoke to the audience about the potential benefits in the reclamation of land near Maria Islands in the south.

“We are going to do three things in relation to the islands,” Teo Ah Khing noted. “We are going to continue to preserve, enhance; do detailed research on all the existing wild life and marine life on this island. Secondly, we are going to allow local tourists to be able to experience the very rare natural features right out there in the ocean and allow it to be a tourism attraction added onto the already interesting attractions in the island Saint Lucia. Thirdly, with the creation of this 150 to 200 acres of new land certain portions will be returned to the people of Saint Lucia. This is not just about the public parks or ocean parks that the visitors are going to enjoy; this is to allow us to put ourselves on the world map for the international research of wild life.”

Mr. Khing stated that what was being shown to the audience was a very preliminary artist’s impression. Pointing to the drawing, the DSH Chairman said: “You notice there are two islands, the Maria Islands. They are completely preserved with isolation and preservation.”

Following the presentation, the Honourable Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation addressed the audience followed by the Honourable Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting.

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16 comments

  1. Chastanet there is a thin line between boldness, courage and stupidity. you cross that line long time. if a man has not succeeded in his business endeavours he is not going to succeed in running my country. and if he does succeed in running his business like the dad, then i have to watch for conflict of interests. Chastanet is working hard to be a one term prime minister as others have said here. and its a sad thing to watch. arrogance is a dangerous drug. it will land you nowhere fast. st lucians are not beneath any politician. in fact they above them because they decide to put them in power. its up to Chastanet camp if they keep on watching him do damage and say nothing. they should be reminded of where shut mouth no catch flies landed the SLP when hilarious declared dominion over passports to do the same that Chastanet is doing with the Arabs. tanto.tanto.sarah now is your chance... if you bold and courageous enough.

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  2. Where will all the poop go?

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  3. st lucia needs all its the natural habitats,it also enhances its beauty,leave it alone...

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  4. Yes Mr PM I am in agreement with you when you say St. Lucians should be bold and courageous. They should stop all that talking and take the bold step to stop you and your Chinese friends from destroying St. Lucia. We should be courageous and take the fight to you and your Asian friends.

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  5. Chastenet are you so arrogant and full of yourself that you aren't listening to the people? Leave our wildlife alone. Our uniqueness is what makes us world class.... now you want to make our Helen like the concrete jungles across the world. Are you so out of touch with our heritage and nature that you try to make this great island like a little Miami? If you so love that lifestyle go live in America. You are a citizen there.

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  6. I agree 100%. Leave the Wildlife in its natural state. We have lost so much of it. This island is really losing its natural beauty. If you want to build your legacy, why don't you work on Health Care for ALL. Rebuild the dirty capital (Castries}, and get rid of the CDC. It is disgusting, and those dirty stinking street gutters, my God, they have been this way since I was a child. Work on the roads, build good bridges, desilt the rivers, and build good drainage for so that flooding could be minimized in flood zone areas. Buy ambulances for the hospitals. Provide a school bus program for all schools {not that mini van nonsense}. Have a school lunch program for all school students. Take care of the older citizens. Build a ramp so that passengers do not have to climb down or up all the stairs to an airplane. That is so backward. I can go on, and on, and on, because there are so many things that can make St. Lucia and St. Lucians, better and more progressive, and provide satisfying jobs for lots of people. These people will feel like they are participating in developing their nation. Enough of the Red and Yellow color nonsense and have some National Pride.

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    • I agree with ALL what you've listed as needs doing.

      One problem... They ALL cost money that the government does not have. How do you suggest funding them. The suggestions that would be most helpful are the ones that say how we as a small island can get more money circulating on island.

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      • Well, instead of using the cip money to fund the DSH project, why dont take that money(US$100K per passport) to fix and modernize the castries. Instead we using to build hotels and casinoes where all the profit goes outside the country in return for the typical low level jobs like waitresses and cleaners.

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        • Where would the CIP money come from if you don't have the DSH project? I don't see a queue of people waiting to buy St Lucian passports?

          Remember its the CIP money thats making the DSH project happen. You think the government will stand at the airport and ask for $100k donations to repair Castries?

          Also US$100K does not get you much with greedy local companies. They would tell you Castries can stay how it is if that's all you're paying. If it cost $18 million to build a small bridge, how much will it cost to rebuild Castries?

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  7. What it means to be poor and unemployed and you fire 2000 nice workers you are mad man

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  8. I don't know the PM trying to fool but those drawings showed buildings looking like resorts on Sandy Beach. And all of a sudden you want bridges to the maria islands. Why, if not to build on them as well? and will locals be able enjoy all nice amenties being developed. These are the questions he needs to answer.

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  9. Allan Chastanet is seeking to build a legacy and he's going about it the wrong way.This man doesn't care about the environment neither does he care about the people of St.Lucia.He's basically giving away our lands and passports to the Chinese.Maria island should remain untouched.Does Allan Chastanet even know that there are speices of animals endemic to only Maria island.We need to stop this project from happening my Brothers and Sisters!

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  10. St.lucian to country bookie he making the country modern you all have a problem ..kenny ha you all in a maisitay

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  11. Chastanet...

    1: Have YOU been into these "poor people's homes" or lived a day in their shoes? Can you tell me HOW that insight has affected the overall outcome of this project? What JOBS are you creating for them? How will this benefit them?

    2: You say we have to be bold and courageous for the future. I agree fully, HOWEVER, this boldness must come from being transparent with the process step-by-step. That is not happening. We will be bold and courageous, ONLY if we know the REAL outcome and how WE as a people are going to benefit. Not You or DSH owners.

    3: You CANNOT go back in time and pretend people did not see those renderings. Now, as it they're in the public realm, you want to say that those are "Artists Visions" and that implementation will not occur unless other conditions are met. How so, when implementation has already begun, with ALL of the public outcry against DSH?

    4: Furthermore, the developer has the AUDACITY to connect the Maria Islands to his so called development? WITHOUT consulting the National Trust, who are tasked with protecting the little pieces of history we have left? Forget that, by not consulting the PEOPLE??? Saint Lucia is being sold right from underneath our feet and you're adding insult to injury... I want to see the Environmental Impact Report that says connecting to the Maria Islands will cause no harm.

    I can go on and on here, but it seems that you're only listening to your UWP people telling you the sky is yellow, and NOT the entire country. Do what the people (your voters, those who crossed party lines to vote for you) want you to do; open hospitals, fix infrastructure, constitutional reform, justice system improvements, etc. Stop looking for a legacy project for YOURSELF.

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  12. Leave the wildlife alone in its natural state

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