Castries, St Lucia: Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament of Castries Constituency of St Lucia Ernest Hilaire shares an update of the topic discussed in the Parliament for the entire week on Sunday, March 20, 2022.
Mondays are interesting, especially when it involves discussions that focus on critical issues facing our national development. Last week was no different. We are continuing to find ways to put people first, notwithstanding our limited finances. I invite you to look forward to the Estimates and Budget Debates.
Tuesday was a hugely successful day! The day started with a scheduled attendance at a consultation with stakeholders as we looked to review and revise the concessions and incentives framework for the tourism industry. The plan is to adopt a new Tourism Development Act that modernizes and encourages growth in the industry to the benefit of more stakeholders, existing and budding, and fostering a new direction.
“Unfortunately, I could not stay the entire day as I had an important legal appearance to make. Details will be made very soon. In the evening, I was thoroughly engaged in negotiations for new investments for the Ports and Bananes Bay. I am eagerly looking forward to commencing the implementation of works that will transform Castries South. Believe me! Finally, on a long day, I attended a public discussion at the Ciceron Secondary School hosted by the Castries South Women’s Group in celebration of Women’s Month, “underscored Deputy prime minister.
Wednesday was another constituency day with a difference. I had the pleasure of undertaking a tour of the constituency to identify crown lands that can be used for housing or lands that are presently occupied and can be sold to the occupiers. I believe that ownership of lands can transform the lives of families and generations to come. Castries South has some serious land issues, especially in Banane, Morne La Toc, Goodlands and Tunnel Road area.
He noted that these issues would be addressed soon. After the constituency day, they had the pleasure of launching ‘Collection de Pépites‘, ( pronounced Pay Pit) a new marketing drive to promote our smaller properties in ST Lucia by making them more visible and known. They’re truly gems in our accommodation offerings, and they need to be highlighted.
Thursday was another long and exciting day. Hilaire had two meetings with investors looking to expand their present properties, which will add substantially more rooms and offerings to our accommodation stock. Thus creating more employment and economic activity. Another investment meeting was held, which will add another service to our hospitality sector. The day ended with a meeting with the Senior Minister discussing outstanding planning matters.
Friday was another interesting day. I was pleased to receive architectural designs for a number of projects under the Tourism Competitiveness Project and Community Tourism Programme. I was inspired by what I saw and more determined to work for the transformation of the tourism industry and indeed Castries South, he added.
“On Friday, I also participated in a meeting with Cabot developers together with the Senior Minister and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism. We are going to continue to maintain our commitment to the people of Saint Lucia by ensuring that development projects are in the best interest of the people and country and are implemented within the laws and approvals granted by the Government,” Hilaire affirmed.
Saturday was spent between airport duties and spending time in my constituency. He was pleased to know that there were over 2000 arrivals. Surely, it is a good sign for the industry.
The hard work continues to transform our country and Castries South. It is never easy, but he is committed to hard work. That’s what makes me tick. He knows that there are so many constituents who want to see me every day; there are those who want to help ensure that they can meet their daily needs and those who just miss the time hanging out and liming. Rest assured, by continuing to put you first, Saint Lucia and your lives will be better with the Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration, he said.
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