UWP calls on PM to clear the air on PetroCaribe

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UWP calls on PM to clear the air on PetroCaribe

The United Workers Party (UWP) says it has observed, with much concern, the recent changes taking place with PetroCaribe.

“News came earlier this month that Guatemala is pulling out of the PetroCaribe deal because it said it was offered new repayment terms it thinks was unpalatable,” UWP said in a news release.

“The United Workers Party fears that the Venezuelan government may push up interest rates and modify repayment terms for Saint Lucia. The party is therefore calling on Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to explain to the nation the details of the deal made with PetroCaribe and ALBA; and has the interest rate on PetroCaribe loans raised to four per cent with more of the bill to be paid up front?”

The party said Saint Lucians must also be told what the terms and conditions are for a grant which was provided by ALBA.

“Was the grant the outcome of a deal made with ALBA for votes at the United Nations? Were the monies deposited in the Consolidated Fund? Which company has been awarded the contract to build the bridges announced by the Prime Minister? The UWP questions the judgment of the Dr. Kenny Anthony administration to hold out such high expectation from a country that is clearly struggling to survive.”

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  1. in saint lucia the imigartion is brutal for venezuelan people arrivals in airport next go in oficce in castri the black woman no is good person and socials, now are good for petroleo and gas for you country bad bad

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  2. And the PM does need to answer these questions to eleviate our fears. By the way there is an ambassador who gets paid by our country. Wouldn't it be fitting for him to give us an update on Venezuela and the details of the deal? AS we cannot afford another Grynberg (secret dealing) we need to scrutinize those deals for ourselves and not allow a politician who has a bad record of revealing details of deals to decide for us. Lets think about that considering that this Ambassador is just there drawing our money.

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  3. We cannot refuse any aid given at this time. But we have to recognise that begging is not sustainable at this time. However, the point is We need to examine our begging policies so it does not redound to our own demise.

    For those who have read "The Merchant of Venice" when it came time for the creditor to pay his pound of flesh he was very disturbed. Compare that with the enthusiasum he had when going into the deal. Only good things are said when goin into this oil deal. What do we have to put up? We understand what Taiwan wants us to do in order to get paid. What does ALBA require us to do? Those are critical questions in order to evaluate a deal.

    The state of a country's ecomomy is always a factor. It is true that all donor countries have poverty but the country's economy dominates its willigness whether to be generous to the rest of the world. The UWP is quite right in asking these questions of our leader. These are the same questions he would ask when in opposition. I know everyone has their party biases but we need to stop clouding issues for the sake of the people and children who have put their confidence in us that we may be able to feed them.

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  4. john there is poverty in China,America, Canada and Taiwan. Yes Taiwan.So are saying we should refuse aid from Taiwan?
    Please post some more intelligent comments. You too Zadia.

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  5. Do many Lucians actually know the leader of Venezuela? (I suspect not. They will not be aware that he is incarcerating the 'bourgeoisie' and locking up people who disagree with him. What about all the money Chavez siphoned off while the people go hungry. This is what Kenny the Commie has signed you up to. Well done Kenny! How is your mansion in Trinidad coming along?

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