Saint Lucia to benefit from $20M aid for fishing and tourism – British PM

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Saint Lucia to benefit from $20M aid for fishing and tourism – British PM
St. Lucia fisherman. * Photo credit: stlucia.org
St. Lucia fisherman. * Photo credit: stlucia.org
St. Lucia fisherman. * Photo credit: stlucia.org

PRESS RELEASE – The British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, of an allocation of more than £5million (XCD$20m) of Britain’s Government aid for support and improvements towards improving the fishing industry in the Caribbean, to include Saint Lucia.

The 25 ‘small island’ Commonwealth recipients will include St Lucia and is aimed geared to help the maritime economy including both tourism, shipping and fishing, Downing Street has confirmed.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Summit in Malta last Friday, David Cameron confirmed that he wanted to help ‘make the most of natural maritime advantages’ and the Prime Minister unveiled these funds as part of a £26million (XCD$105m) regional package.

John Kennedy, President of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia welcomed the announcement and said; “Our role as a chamber is to highlight the need to support a strong bi-lateral bond between the United Kingdom and Saint Lucia, both through this kind of support and through commerce, investment and enterprise. But for commerce to succeed there needs to be business development and a business base – people need to have something to sell to create wealth.

“This initiative is in the spirit of the Proverb give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime; of course Saint Lucians already know how to fish, what will be really useful is some capital to help develop that sector and to open new markets.

“I know, from my own Company’s experience, based near Canaries, that there is untapped potential in this industry and Canaries is one of the poorest communities on the Island. Capital input wisely deployed will bring new opportunities that can be life-changing for that community.

“The British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia will continue to lobby for other initiatives as part of its general campaign to get new capital steams into the Saint Lucian economy.”

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  1. I WISH THAT SOME OF THE BRITISH AID MONEY COULD BE USED TO ESTABLISH A FAST FERRY SERVICE AMONG THE OECS COUNTRIES SO THAT WE ARE NOT AT THE MERCY OF LIAT.

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  2. I once read that a politician's smile is like a kiss before you die.i was young that time and have seen the fulfillment of that simple truth. Fishermen can not even get paid with hen they sell to fisheries. It's just a darn rotton system with us all swimming like maggots in it. So sadd

    That funding has come and gone

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  3. Choops tan. Where will that money go? Who will monitor how its spent or distributed? The same dirty politicians with long sticky fingers they can't keep off briefcases. Gtfoh

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  4. I wonder how this will help fishing. Will there be an account of how the money is spent or will be see some new paint on the fishing complexes around the island. Theres very little fish in the Sea.

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  5. Minister of Commerce..can Ii ask whiles you're on this note to ask the British Prime minister to be kind to Lucians who are residing in the UK for reasons that seem to be unbearable for them to remain in St Lucia.After all, these same people were born British under British colony..yet we are being treated like criminals who have committed no crime..we are not able to work study or do anything..

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  6. Might be a great opportunity to build a small pay toilet in Castries so tourists and others can utilize. Many of the tourists are elder folks with aging prostates; and by large, older people empty their bladders more frequently. After all, tourism is what pays our bills.

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