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Saint Lucia fisheries sector receives US$1.8 million in aid from Japan

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Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs Honourable Allen Chastanet, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning; Natural Resources and Co-operatives Honourable Ezechiel Joseph and Deputy Head of Mission H.E. Mr. Yoshinori Yakabe at Wednesday’s signing.

(SNO) — The fisheries sector in Saint Lucia has received aid grant to the tune of US$1.8 million from Japan which will go towards the procurement of essential equipment.

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the official Exchange of Notes for the aid was held between the government of Japan and the government of Saint Lucia to be specifically targeted towards the fisheries sector.

“This grant is presented in order to help enhance Saint Lucia’s fisheries sector,” stated Deputy Head of the Mission for Japan, Yoshinori Yakabe, during the ceremony.

He said that the aid is expected to improve the operations of the sector and create a more hygienic environment which is essential for the fishing industry.

“This will also assist the government of Saint Lucia in achieving its policy objectives in food security and nutrition,” he stated.

Prime Minister Chastanet, at the ceremony, thanked the government of Japan on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia for “their incredible support to Saint Lucia over the last 40 years in the areas of fisheries, disaster risk reduction and education”.

“It is our government’s intention to focus on improving the ability and the capacity of the fishermen and to help them identify new methods in order to catch more fish and to get more value for their fish,” stated the prime minister, who added that the aim is to secure a larger market share for local fishermen.

“This is a very timely intervention and on behalf of the fishermen of Saint Lucia we want thank you for this assistance,” he noted.

Supplies for the sector include platform and counter top digital scales, coolers for fish storage on ice for landing sites, Biogas digester and energy convertor, Longliner vessel – 40ft with sleeping quarters, tuna hooks, desktop computers and printers, tablets for real time data collection, GPS devices, VHF radios, Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for fishing vessels and main frame with software.

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  1. Whether training local farmers or fishermen to increase their production or helping people rebuild after a natural disaster, most Lucians would agree that foreign aid should be to help people help themselves.
    Small investment from a foreign government, can support Saint Lucia to act to sustain the growth of the Island.
    Refusing foreign aid sends a devastating message to partners around the world that they can’t rely on Saint Lucia. Undercutting our cooperation with allies will not make Saint Lucia more prevailing, but it will pull the rug out from under the only humanitarian and collective security system we have.
    Saint Lucia can’t avoid the global challenges of the 21st century by going it without foreign assistance, turning our backs, or putting up walls. The breadth and scale of our predicament, the threat from climate change, and the fight against poverty demand that we work with other countries and forge solutions that are equal to the challenge. Our elected officials must protect foreign aid.
    We must insist that the “Government” establish checks in place to minimize the risk of fraud and abuse, including specific tools built to manage risk when working within local systems. And importantly, when done right, foreign assistance can actually push local institutions (foreign government agencies, private sector firms, and local nonprofits) to increase their accountability to both their citizens and foreign donors.
    "Let’s not forget that Foreign aid has proven to lift people out of poverty. Since 1990, the world has seen more than a billion people lifted from extreme poverty—a faster decline than any other time in history. Millions have been saved from preventable diseases such as HIV and malaria, millions of children are able to attend school, millions of families have improved their livelihoods through new farming technologies, access to finance, and more".

  2. Aid, aid, aid when will we stop taking aid man. We need to put our house in order and stop taking aid from foreign governments. These guys gonna own us if we keep taking their aid.


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