UWP calls for joint donor conference

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UWP calls for joint donor conference
Chastanet
Chastanet

Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet is on behalf of his party making a case for a joint donor conference to be convened between the three governments of the countries mostly affected by the recent trough system in order to mobilize regional and international support for rebuilding efforts.

On Christmas Eve (December 24, 2013) the trough system dumped huge amounts of rain on the Lesser Antilles, resulting in floods and landslides which in turn caused considerable infrastructural damage and deaths. The worse affected nations were St. Vincent, Dominica and St. Lucia.

According to Chastanet in a press release, “the prime minister of Saint Lucia should take the initiative in piloting moves for such a conference which could be coordinated by the Saint Lucia-based OECS Secretariat.”

Chastanet said the conference should not only provide an opportunity for a collaborative effort in reconstruction, “but in finding solutions to the common problems that we face and in the interest of the long term sustainability of these islands.”

He, according to the release, is convinced that the scope of damage caused by the heavy rains has underscored the vulnerability of the region to natural disasters. He said this has added to each country’s existing economic woes and only compounds the social and economic challenges facing each nation.

Noting that the trough ravaged countries are all part of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Chastanet said the proposed joint conference would send a “signal to the international community that we are serious about regional integration and are prepared to take it to the next level” since “many in the donor community have expressed a preference for regional approaches in providing development assistance and are likely to be attracted by such a proposition.

Chastanet took the opportunity to again lament the loss of life for which he extended condolences.

The UWP leader further told Saint Lucians and the wider region that his team has “always been a party which promoted regional integration as a key objective and that the founding fathers of the party were among the forerunners of the regional integration movement both at the CARICOM and OECS levels.”

In the release, Chastanet said this call for a regional approach is “consistent with the philosophy” of the UWP.

“This is an opportunity for us to focus on the serious economic, social and environmental circumstances which confront us together, and we should seize that opportunity. We should also demonstrate that we have the will to strengthen the institutional base of the OECS and not only talk in regional terms, but that there is the will to act,” Chastanet said in the release said.

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  1. You know we have to be careful to not taint everything with a Political color. It is actually a reasonable idea to have a joint approach towards sourcing disaster relief funds for the islands affected since they all belong to the OECS. I am also certain that funds originating from the EU no matter what portion SLU got was based on a set amount they would provide to these block or islands affected. However I do hope that if Mr. Chastanet ever becomes PM that he lives by his words for politicians tend to say one thing in Opposition and another when elected.

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  2. http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/call-for-joint-donor-conference/

    READ ALL RED EYE ONLY VIEWERS.

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  3. What Mr.Chastanet is talking about is fictional and if he was living in the real world,he would have the sense to see that wont happen.

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  4. I think Mr Chastnet is very correct in this regard. He makes a hell lot of sense in we coming together as an OECS body. We would
    definitely make some headway in a much faster way and sustained way.
    To the critics you all are all about self and not the people of this country

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  5. I truly believe that this storm was American made, they have been experimenting for a while now.

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  6. This was a great idea, says Ralph Gonsalves. He is already moving ahead to put it into effect.

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/call-for-joint-donor-conference/

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  7. Are you guys really that dumb? The man is essentially asking that we unify with St.Vincent and Dominica in order to have a more effective approach in getting assistance for our islands. Remove your red eye glasses!

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  8. Chastanet is the most confused individual one can ever meet. Nothing he says makes any sense. And even if you try to squeeze a little sense out of his "jibberishness."

    I truly believe Chastanet shows great wisdom whilst being silent than allowing his mouth to move.

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    • Chastanet is the most confused individual one can ever meet. Nothing he says makes any sense. And even if you try to squeeze a little sense out of his “jibberishness,” you would still be left with "well nothing."

      I truly believe Chastanet shows great wisdom whilst being silent than allowing his mouth to move.

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    • And what you just said there made absolutely no sense..."REDneck" and Im not referring to the american version.

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  9. Up to know I can't understand the reasoning behind what this man is asking for. He is so removed from everything. What a press release to say nothing about a lot of things affecting the people.

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    • Jackel I think you understand but playing real dumb and stupid because of politics. If you continue like this you will soon turn into a big jack...!

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