“Not one investment in 20 years” – Chastanet accuses Anthony of threatening investors

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Prime Minster Allen Chastanet at Monday's pre-Cabinet press briefing.

Prime Minster Allen Chastanet at Monday’s pre-Cabinet press briefing.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has criticised the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of bringing “not one investment” when they were in power and also accused the main opposition party’s former leader of threatening investors.

Chastanet said his government is “committed” to ensuring that its developments come to fruition despite the fight and threats from the opposition.

“We are going to abide by the rule of law in this country. We are committed to making these developments happen and to improve the plight of Saint Lucians in the south. The people in the south have suffered for too long,” Chastanet told reporters at a pre-Cabinet press briefing on Monday.

Chastanet was responding to former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, who told a public meeting, hosted by the SLP in Castries last week that he will not rest until the proposed multi-billion dollar Desert Star Holding (DSH) Pearl of the Caribbean project in Vieux Fort  is re-negotiated or stopped.

The public meeting came immediately after an anti-policy public protest that attracted thousands of people.

At the time of that protest, supporters of the DSH project conducted a similar demonstration in Vieux Fort. The ruling United Workers Party (UWP) also held at a public meeting following the protest.

“What was great at the march that we had, and more importantly at the public meeting that we had, is a meeting with the people again, and to hear their commitment and their suport for this proect moving forward,” Chastanet said at the briefing.

“So again let me reassure St. Lucians that the United Workers Party and my Cabinet are not deterred, and I think that the evidence of Kenny anthony and the Labour Party of what they have achieved over the last 20 years is evident for everyone to see. And as I said, in 20 years, not one investment.”

Chastanet also accused Anthony of threatening investors.

“He’s now out of office. The same investors that he could not gain the confidence of, the same investors that he could not get them to deliver on the project, he’s now threatening them,” he said.

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43 comments

  1. Allen Chastanet enough with the blue smoke and mirrors act. Release the current DSH agreement so St. Lucians can read it and decide whether it makes sense. If the so called agreement on the internet is valid, then you were conned by the Chinaman (Teo Ah Khing). Sit you ass down with a lawyer and figure out how to get out of this and stop blaming Dr. Kenny Anthony. BTW I hope the Range Development deal is not more of the same crap. You seem desperate to me since there is nothing else to sell in the North. You are too focused on Tourism. Concentrate on industries that last such as Agriculture, Farming, Manufacturing, Fishing etc. These are real industries that will alleviate St. Lucia's problems both in the short and long run.

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  2. Kenny ot Tony has not changed over the past 20 odd years, the same old story attacking viable investors for the future of our youths. Hiding under some rock or stone for 6 mths and now open his mouth and ONLY carbage coming out. Who will listen to him only his stoogies like hilarie, shawn, pip and musa.
    Change your approach or u loosing ALL 17 seats next round. SLP needed a new leaders from outside of slu.
    Give Allen his chance, u had yours and you messed it up

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  3. Are u all with all this name calling aware that China is just looking to expand in the world we live in today, and this little NO nothing Prime minister is trying to sell my little island to foreigners in the name of citizenship for sale. Can a Lucian go to China and buy Citizenship? HELL NO. Also are u aware that Chinese eat dog and are processing human meat for corned beef in Africa today. Stop selling the South, my Paradise, My playground u IDIOT. I also want u Chastenet to know that you do not have St Lucia Interest at heart, because you and your family are sons of foreigners invaders, so stop calling a an American Catholic Priest foreigner......

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    • Alex sorry to say but you are a bloody liar and you should shut the hell up. Chastenet is not selling St. Lucia. He is giving it away. Get your facts straight.

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      • Don't forget the Pitons as part of that package.

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      • Alex is correct. Those of us that have travelled and had the good fortune to live in other places know that St. Lucian citizenship is worth far more than Allen Chastanet is selling it for. If I was not a St. Lucian I would willingly pay US $500K (if I could afford it) for an opportunity to become a citizen of this beautiful island. The novelty of selling citizenship cheaply to foreigners to raise money will wear off within the next 2-5 years. The question will be what next?
        Allen Chastanet please note the following:
        The Chinese investor - Teo Ah Khing does not have our interest at heart.
        Vieux - Fortians do not want an invasion by Chinese (could be as high as 100,000.
        Our valuable assets like Sandy Beach, the Stadium, the rich agricultural lands of Beausejour should not be sold or leased to any foreign investor.
        Get professional advice on how to expand the economy without only focusing on selling State lands and Tourism. Ignore our advice and UWP will pay a heavy price at the polls. "You need to cancel that agreement and stop causing division in our country".

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  4. It always saddens me how resistant to progress we are as a people. We're like those towns people from Southpark. Ignorant and only want things to stay as backwards as they are. Everyone wants to kill the project.. Then to complain we have no money and no jobs. I'm sorry but the truth is we are a third world country with a taste of modernization from being near enough to North America. We don't produce enough local goods and material to sustain the country independently without some form of foreign income. Rather than take the opportunity to move us forward with an investment we'd rather dig our heels on and complain. Then when it dies, what is the plan for bringing money IN to the country. For all those who are protesting WHAT IS YOUR SUGGESTION?? cuz shouting to renegotiate doesn't make sense if you don't even have a proposal

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    • Can't we use our CIP money to bring down debt or create an environment for locals to invest instead of giving all our money to some foreign "investor" to rape us. The Chinese historically have a reputation for hiring illegal workers and breaking laws. Saying that we don't have a proposal is the same thing as rewarding bad behavior. Its like buying a child a brand new bicycle because he broke his arm while stealing the neighbors fruits to make him feel better. All that has to be done is for the government to release the proposal. problem solved.

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      • That Chinese paranoia, is it faked or outright xenophobic? China is one of the 5 biggest countries and the 2nd biggest importing country on earth. Where is the commonsense in turning down a business deal with it. They are already our diplomatic "friends" & there are quite s few St Lucians now travelling China-wards.

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    • I believe the proposal has been made clear. Why is it that being against specific items in a contract is derived as being against investments. It amazes me when stupid statements like "resistant to progress" are made. I believe everyone in St Lucia wants progress. This progress would clearly be to the benefit of everyone in St Lucia. Progress will always trickle down and benefit everyone. It is unfair to make a statement like that. How can right minded people make statements like these. Some of the proposals made are; (1) remove the buy back clause. Clearly we do not want to be in a situation like Grenada, being forced to buy back this project at a substantial cost to tax payers. Is this not a clear issue to renegotiate? (2) How can this investor use money belonging to the people of St Lucia through the sale of passports to develop this project and then he owns it outright? Just does not make sense to me. There is no risk to the developer. How can any thinking individual not see the stupidity in this? (3) Properly access the impact the project will have on the environment. (4) What jobs are guaranteed for St. Lucians? The contract basically states that the developer can hire who they want at their will. Where is the contract are jobs guaranteed? I mean there are just so many issues yet you can come on here and talk about resistance to progress?

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  5. AUDI DRIVING SOCIALIST

    CHASTANET IS THE LUCKIEST POLITICIAN ALIVE. TO GET THE MOST DIVISIVE POLITICIAN IN ST. LUCIAN HISTORY TO COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS IS A BRILLIANT TACTICAL MOVE. TO HAVE HIM OVERSHADOW THE TWO SHADOWY FRONTRUNNERS TO HELM THE LABOUR PARTY IS EVEN MORE BRILLIANT. THE KENNY WING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL WITHIN THE LABOUR PARTY. THE KENNY INFRASTRUCTURE BOUYED BY THOSE WHO LIVED OFF HIS LARGEST IS STILL IN TACT AND HAS JUST FELT THE FIRST PULSE OF ELECTRICITY SINCE JUNE 6TH 2016 AND HAS RISEN LIKE THE WRESTLER THE UNDERTAKER AFTER BEING KNOCKED OUT AT WRESTLE MANIA. TOO BAD THAT CHAS IS ABOUT TO DDT BOTH THE KENNYUNDERTAKERTHING AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE NWO/LABOUR PARTY INTO COMPLETE PARTY RETIREMENT (GREAT WRESTLING ANALOGY IF YOU ASK ME). KENNY GAVE THE YOUNGER LADS AND CHANCE, SAW THEM FAIL AND WILL ONCE AGAIN HEAD THIS DECREPIT PARTY. OF COURSE THERE WILL BE A BLOOD BATH. THREEWAY FIGHT TO BLOODY END. SECRETS WILL COME OUT. HILLAIRE WILL GO BACK TO CRICKET MANAGEMENT. PIERRE WILL JOIN THE UWP AND KENNY WILL TAKE OVER AND LOOSE ALL SEVENTEEN SEATS WHILE CHASTANET CONTINUES ON THE DEVELOPMENT PATH ONCE TREKKED BY SIR JOHN. GREAT KENNY! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS MY BROTHER! ONE MORE TIME BABY! SUPPORT DE PARTY I TELL YOU!

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  6. Mr Prime Minister stop your BS and show the proof where the former Prime Minister was threatening investors. I am sick and tired of all these bullshit. You need to stop focusing on the former PM and come straight with the people regarding the various investors which you have given our island too. There are other more pressing situations in St. Lucia which needs to be address, such as crime, health and other such social factors which affect St. Lucia

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  7. This deal needs to be revisited. And the pm needs to come to vf and talk about dhs not Kenny and his click.Plain and simply

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  8. 1. Discovery? Now Capella

    2. Cotton Bay? http://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/pr2005/september/plantation_on_cotton_bay_prepares_to_open_in_april_2006.htm

    3. The Landings? - http://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/gis/nationwide/2005/NationWide29January2005.pdf

    4. Failed La Paradis project?

    5. Royalton? - Don't tell me Chas negotiated it and it was built in 6 months XD

    Expansions on Established Hotels:
    Coconut Bay? http://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/pr2005/march/coconut_bay_receives_first_guests.htm
    Almond Bay?

    Pipeline projects inherited by the current government:
    Range Development- http://thevoiceslu.com/2016/07/deal-signed-black-bay-tourism-project/

    Sab Wisha Choiseul(they wanted a warehouse structure instead)- http://stluciastar.com/major-c-i-p-project-announced/

    I will mention the Dolphin Park since the PM is adamant that SLP gave it the go ahead and DSH since the surrogates tend to say Kenny started whenever they in hot water.

    I'll Just drop this here XD

    http://hotelexecutive.com/newswire/9856/st-lucia-offers-new-accommodation-choices-additional-direct-flights-and-cultural-events-this-fall

    2005-2006 BUDGET ADDRESS. Go to page 16. PDF Form

    www.slugovprintery.com/index.php/government?address_4

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    • Correct link for Range Development
      http://www.investstlucia.com/news_publisher/news/view/range-developments-signs-agreement-with-government-of-saint-lucia

      Correct Link for Cotton Bay

      http://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/pr2005/september/plantation_on_cotton_bay_prepares_to_open_in_april_2006.htm

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  9. Yea Mr prime minister my advice to you as a St lucian don't let those blind lack of and sought of vision stop you from doing what the people has put you there for, you are on a good footing. Thank God you are a man of vision! They are afraid of the progress you and your government is doing so far so they are using fear tactics. So please be courageous and don't be move like God said to Joshua for the lord thy God is thee.

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    • You know God don't like liars right? Please pray for the PM and a special prayer for Ubaldus too.

      Proverbs 6:16-19 Proverbs 12:22 Revelation 21:8 1 Corinthians 6:9-1

      Here are some guides just for you: The Shameless Guide to Kissing Ass and Getting Paid and How to Kiss Ass Without Losing Your Soul. Please read and up your game.

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    • I am really scared that Kenny is finally talking and participating in something that pertains to St Lucia.

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  10. Too smart a cat

    We are very well aware of the shortcoming of successive government. We don't need yo to keep hashing out the same drivel. Get on with the job that you were put there to do. You have yet to demonstrate that you are capable of coming up with ideas of you own; hopeless clinging on to project of the previous administration. You created a Ministry to keep reminding you of the need to create job but all you have done is to wrap nice in foil and put it out as NAPS.

    Just so you know the 2% reduction has yet to materialise where it really matters...in my pocket. In case you have not noticed the prices of commodities have risen. I am not attributing it to you administration but get real. You never fooled me with the 2.5 saving on the dollar[aka VAT reduction]. You reduction that you have made will not impact on the ordinary Saint Lucian but you increase in excise tax will. Expect prices at the supermarket to go up and bakes to agitate for a hike in the price of bread. Perhaps they might concede and make it even smaller.

    Franky, I am not interested in what Kenny or what he did not do I want to know what your plan for increasing GDP, exports, job creation and growing the economy. You may be able to fool the blind or the dunce but not for a moment are you fooling the educated among us.

    Frankly, I am tired of all the pointing of fingers. You are both to be blamed. You both speak of corruption but you are yet to do anything to remove the loopholes that facilitate the mismanagement of public funds. No administration is interested in stoping corruption. This is the mechanism which they use to reward the people who fund their campaign. You may fool the 99% but you cannot fool me.

    As they say every hope has an end so the funds may run out soon enough. When the bottom of the bucket falls[which will happen] some of you will be eating dirt. I know for a fact that I won't.

    Oh a just a little parting advice--do yourselves a favour. Pleas grow a brain.

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  11. Ti Chas only the foolish ones u fooling with ur tactics..the deal is not good as it stand we want a better deal for stl...its that simple.....some party hacks will not see the sense bc they heads are up ur A$$..u could do no wrong by them....you such Fkn idoit.

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  12. Are you surprised Mr. Chastanet. I am not. Dr. Anthony when last in opposition said he would write investors and tell them don't bring their money to St. Lucia. The actions of spite, malice and revenge. Whether he did so or not for such a thought to have been cultivated in Dr. Anthony's mind and for him to have made such utterances is shocking, distasteful and disgraceful for a man who at that time was a past PM of St. Lucia, then leader of the Opposition and worst, hoping to get back in power as PM again. Dr. Anthony should hold his head down in bitter shame.

    So now I refer to 'The Reality of the Unstated'.
    Dr. Anthony has recently been chastising Mr. Chastanet saying any and everything bad about hsi governance. Its like he will make us believe Chastanet is a blight on St. Lucia. Well hold on. If Chatanet is a cross on St. Luica Dr. Anthony should tell us how St. Lucia came to be saddled with Mr. Chastanet. So Dr. Anthony should know he was there in Government before Mr. Chastanet. But he Dr. Anthony was kicked out by the people 11-6, who stood in the driving rain to cast their ballots.

    So why did the people kick out Dr. Anthony and the SLP? Obviously due to non and bad performance. So if Dr. Anthony feels that St. Lucia is today saddled with Mr. Chastanet then he Dr. Anthony should have himself to blame. If he had governed properly he Dr. Anthony might have been PM today. So go figure that out Kenny. Go do the Math. Yes its that simple. Blame yourself.

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    • I wholeheartedly agree. We. Need to see things in their true light. Dr. Anthony was both arrogant and shortsighted. And he chose the wrong set of people to encase in his inner circle. He allowed too many of his genuine supporters to become expendable, just to please people with whom he wanted to remain popular. To date, some of his friends and supporters are estranged from him and his party, thanks to his shortsightedness. But the good thing is that he can no longer command the heights of the Government of St. Lucia. If he manages to survive the rest of this parliamentary term, then it will thereafter be goodbye to him forever from the politics of St. Lucia. I am sure he now has many regrets. But, that's life !

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  13. Here we go again playing man better man who cares what party,government or PM help to bring positive change an descent living conditions to us citizens of SLU through jobs or health we just want u'll to stop playing politics tug of war with out lives the country an our heritage period.

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  14. Some deeply believe, that this one event gave a lot of thinking investors pause. The meeting of regional premieres with the Vice President of the US where he was snubbed said it all. That must have raised lots of eyebrows creating cause for concern.

    Now, imagine this coinciding with a visit instead, to Cuba with a statement of pure puerile naivety to the effect that "We in the Caribbean will never give up on Cuba". There is more.

    Another is the photograph of Kenny holding the hand with eyes transfixed on Fidel, as would a puppy to its master. He appeared then to be hanging on every word.

    In totality these could not escape discerning investors. If they had been surveyed then. investor confidence may have then have sunken to its lowest ever!

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  15. THATS NOT TRUE...

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  16. May I ask Me. PM, what happened today at Royalton with the spanish workers. Can sonebody tell me why immigration was there??

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  17. I hope all the hotels that are being built willbe filled all the time. I hope there will not have no lay offs.

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  18. GOR-GOR Gone clear bloody NUT JOB!

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  19. If you were to call a bi-election in Vieux Fort we the people of VF will not vote SLP. We will vote Jordan or Pupa Free (may his sole Rest In Peace) over Kenny.

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  20. Mate, really needs to shut up sometimes..... You open your mouth and say not one investment in 20 years? That guy is beyond foolish

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  21. Chas pls! Range Development black bay project was initiated under SLP. so too was DSH etc. You really dont listen to yourself when you speak. Development is great but always read the fine print. For the sake of all of us. We all want development but not at that cost. Pls listen to reasoning and stop deflecting from the issues

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    • To name a few, Iwould like to add royalton'

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    • Keep DSH out of that. Its was decease Trim who brought DSH to St Lucia and Kenny did not make it possible. The UWP after winning the election went back to get them. Range Development too came here and nothing happened under the SLP. Again this government went to get them after the election of 2016.

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    • here comes all the opposistion party hacks that still have bruises from the last election .. support 100% yourl not tired of coming all castries and look for jobs

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    • If DSH was initiated by SLP why are they now vowing to stop it? It was supposed to be their baby!!

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      • It wasnt signed because of the same issues they are querying now. Chastanet signs then reads the contract. Who does that? We are too blinded by parry colours. Not becasuse some is against some policies means they are labour or flambeau. Sadly thats all we are concerned about these days and refuse to call a spade a spade. With the increase in gas prices etc which is necessary, not only vehicle owners will safer, wait for the bus fares to increases and then come back and same we are all party hacks. Smh. The fact is some decisions are too rash and I will not support it. Sadly, we have a dictator who will not reason. smh

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    • initiated? maybe closed? of course not because kenny is an idiot. the slp will always deny the truth. that's why they are the party on the sidelines. protest all you want. it will not change a thing

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