Ezechiel Joseph to be acting PM of St Lucia as Chastanet flew to US

Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet (L) and Minister Ezechiel Joseph (R)
Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet (L) and Minister Ezechiel Joseph (R)

Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet announced on Wednesday that he would be travelling to the United States to attend some official meetings.

He stated his key meetings would also include an engagement with cruise industry officials in Miami, Florida. It will be a four-day trip where he would be taking part in several important delegations.

In Prime Minister’s absence, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Ezechiel Joseph, will serve as Acting Prime Minister.

“I will be travelling to the United States from May 5th to May 8th 2021, for several meetings including key engagements with Cruise Industry officials in Miami, Florida.” wrote Prime Minister Chastanet on his official social media handle.

He stated that along with St Lucia, the Caribbean region is preparing for the opening of the cruise sector, which is anticipated to begin in July 2021. He stated he would also be chairing CARICOM as co-chair on the cruise-industry discussions.

The St Lucian Prime Minister stated that his discussions with cruise lines would also centre on the development of Saint Lucia’s southern cruise port.

“As Saint Lucia and the region prepare for the reopening of the Cruise Sector, anticipated in July of this year, I will not only be representing Saint Lucia but also CARICOM as the co-chair on this issue”, stated Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.