PRESS RELEASE – The first disbursement of funds for the Constituency Development Programme (CDP) was received by the Government of Saint Lucia, from the Republic of China (Taiwan), on Monday, August 4, 2014.
During a ceremony held in the Cabinet Room of the Office of the Prime Minister, a cheque of EC $6, 661,327.99 was handed over to Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, who in turn, presented the cheque to a representative from the Accountant General Department.
This year, eighteen million EC dollars have been allocated for construction work under the CDP in all seventeen Constituencies. Given the difficult economic environment, Dr. Anthony has called on Parliamentary Representatives to prioritize to ensure maximum impact.
Dr. Anthony said, “It is therefore critical that projects which are selected are those which can have the greatest impact for the most people. We have many communities throughout the island that suffer from a lack of infrastructure, particularly a lack of good drainage and proper vehicular access.
“The Constituency Development Programme helps bring tangible and lasting benefit to many of these communities. However, I know as well as you do that the demand for roads, drains and footpaths outstrips the supply. We cannot, therefore, expect every road to be paved, every watercourse to be lined with a concrete drain over the course of a year. Miles and miles of community roads in Saint Lucia are in a poor condition. Prioritising and project selection is thus critical in dealing with the most critical ones. MPs must manage expectations of the capability of Government.”
In his remarks, the Prime Minister also expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia to the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, His Excellency James Chang for his Government’s continued support to the CDP amidst their own national challenges.
Last year, $24 million was expended under the CDP.