“St. Lucia simply beautiful for investors too” says St. Lucia’s ambassador to Washington

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“St. Lucia simply beautiful for investors too” says St. Lucia’s ambassador to Washington
Ambassador Johnny
Ambassador Johnny

St. Lucia’s Ambassador to Washington Sonia M. Johnny has told potential American investors that in the same way St. Lucia’s many tourists describe the country as “simply beautiful”, they too, after investing in Saint Lucia, would look back at their success as being “simply beautiful”.

Ambassador Johnny gave this new dimension to St. Lucia’s slogan during a trade and investment promotion outreach in the American cities of Richmond, Baltimore and Philadelphia from Oct. 7-9.

During her addresses to the business persons and government officials in the three cities, Ambassador Johnny informed them that the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2012 had confirmed Saint Lucia as an excellent place for doing business. The report had ranked St. Lucia as the number two in the category of the easiest place to do business in the entire Caribbean and the number one in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Ambassador Johnny argued that Saint Lucia’s high ranking was not without merit since it was based on the fact that the government has nurtured stability within the economy through the enactment of a number of policies and legislation aimed at protecting investors and their customers as well as making it extremely easy for investors to invest.

This included the development of a one-stop shop called “Invest Saint Lucia”, which has a mandate to facilitate local and foreign direct investment, provide all the information required to a potential investor, as well as help the investor go through the investment process without the unnecessary red tape often complained about by so many investors.

Ambassador Johnny also informed the groups that in a further effort to keep the investment process simple and focused, both for the potential investor and the country, Saint Lucia has identified the key sectors of information and communication technologies, manufacturing and tourism, as those in which foreign investment is highly encouraged.

According to the ambassador, Saint Lucia was not only a tropical paradise but also the “investors’ gateway to peak returns and strategic market access” and she invited the groups to attend the business forum which Invest St. Lucia will be mounting in December.

The trade and investment promotion outreach was also attended by other CARICOM countries. The next promotion outreach will be conducted in New Jersey and Chicago.

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  1. "Rp" St. Lucia is beautiful we are commenting on policy. Why dont you come back to live here. There is no such thing as a LUCian Amercican. You are an american cause you have sworn to defend the American identity. If perharps that St. Lucia and the US had some disagreement right now (as is is plausible because our involvement with ALBA and Human Rights)whose side would you be on?

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  2. Have some respect people learn to appriciate what u have bc someone will come and take it from u St. Lucia is beautiful is thats simply u cant see it bc u have yur head in yur ass. idiot Proud Lucian American. any ????????

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  3. Ambassador Johnny, Which St.Lucia are you talking about? Is it the one the Island's biggest revenue earner is closed for lunch. Easiest place to do business, the Custom & excise is having none of that foolishness ambassador Johnny. Banks Closed at 2 pm, and list go's on and on. Please take care of your health on tax payers money.

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  4. Oh Miss Johnny, take a short trip back home. Things are getting worse, no better days yet for us far less investors so don't think you can influence them. You are still beautiful take care of you health though.

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  5. Lol. the people sense a "rat." Where there is smoke there's a fire. Is St. Lucia really a good place for doing business? If so then it is for foreigners only. Do the people who conducted the survey know that it takes approximately 3 to 4 months to get any document out of the Land Registry, Civil Registry as well. Do they know that these departments now only work half days including the just included High court office. Not to mentioned the overzealously incompetent staff with which these institutions are laced. By the way isn't "Invest St. Lucia" the "NDC" reincarnated. What extra service does Invest ST. Lucia offer? Johnny mentioned that "the government has nurtured stability within the economy through the enactment of a number of policies and legislation aimed at protecting investors and their customers as well as making it extremely easy for investors to invest." If the creation of Invest St Lucia is one; what are the others? "Come back home."

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