Castries, St Lucia: Member of Parliament of Castries constituency and Deputy Prime Minister of St Lucia Ernest Hilaire shared an update on the various topics that have been discussed in the Cabinet for the entire week.
Outlining the topics of discussion in the Cabinet over the last week, Deputy PM Hilaire stated, “Every day that goes by gives us an opportunity to achieve something new and build on what we have started. This week was no different”.
Stressing upon the interests of St Lucians, Hilaire noted that the week started with Cabinet as usual. As the government has always said, this Cabinet of Ministers is dedicated to putting the interests of St Lucians first and making the pie bigger so everyone can benefit. It is one St Lucia for all St Lucians.
Highlighting the topics of the Cabinet week-wise:
Tuesday was the highlight of my week. It was memorable for several reasons. Above all else, it was International Women’s Day. Wishing all the women of Castries South and St Lucia, Happy women’s day. Women have proven to be the backbone of our progress, and the SLP will always fight to put them first, underscored deputy prime minister.
Further, Hilaire shed light on the bills passed on the day and mentioned that Tuesday was also Parliament. The Cabinet passed two historical bills, the Domestic Violence Bill and the Community Tourism Development Bill.
While explaining the two bills, he stated:
- The Domestic Violence bill has been in the pipeline for over 20 years. It is also one of the most progressive bills that have been passed in our Parliament.
- The other Bill, the Community Tourism Development Bill, will help to grow the local tourism pie and help Saint Lucians own more of our Tourism product. I can’t wait to see this fruit blossom.
“Wednesday was constituency day, by far my favourite day of the week. It’s the day where I get to meet with my constituents and talk about issues they are facing and the plans we have for Castries South and Saint Lucia,” Hilaire noted by specifying the topics for Wednesday.
He also visited Fond St Jacques Agro Tourism Park to review the project and said that the day started with a trip to Fond St. Jacques, where they presented the Fond St. Jacques Agro Tourism Park Project to government officials and the media. This project represents the philosophical underpinning of Community Tourism and brings tourism to every square inch of Saint Lucia by helping Saint Lucians to bring more offering authentic local experiences to visitors.
“On my return to the constituency, I passed through Barre St. Joseph, where the much-needed works on the road have begun. The day ended with a town hall meeting with the residents below the Hospital along the La Toc road discussing critical housing and land issues,” Hilaire asserted.
While highlighting the crisis in Ukraine on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister affirmed that Thursday was spent with top management at the Citizenship by Investment Unit to discuss the challenges facing the industry presently, especially with the situation with Ukraine.
“We will always act in accordance with international agreements and action. We will always be guided by the dialogue and discussion with our international friends, who will advise on global responses. We join the international community in condemning the actions of Russia and calling for collective action to end the hostilities taking place”, said Hilaire by clearing St Lucia’s stand on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
He further emphasized that Friday was spent in meetings and discussions on various policy matters, which will be addressed shortly. Most notable is the review of the tourism concession and incentives regime which presently exists.
On Saturday, the Women’s Group of SLP Castries South Constituency held a dinner to celebrate all the women of the constituency. It was a tremendous occasion. We missed gathering and celebrating for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, underscored Deputy prime minister.
Deputy Prime Minister Hilaire also informed that preparations for Budget Debate start from next week! Look out for it.