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* Naiznnat Mev~iw A

The global economy has
experienced unprec-
edented turbulence in
the last few months with the
main industrialized countries
slipping into a deepening re-
cession. Placed in a historical
context, the current downturn
in the global economy has not
been seen since the period of
the end of World War II when
the economies of the major
industrialized countries con-
The IMF, in its latest growth
forecast of the global econo-
my, estimates that global out-
put will increase by only 0.5
per cent in 2009 down from

the 3.4 per cent in 2008. The ad-
vanced economies are projected
to contract by 2.0 per cent led by
declining economic activities in
the United States, the Euro area
and Japan.
In the United States, the num-
ber of persons that are unem-
ployed rose to a 25-year high of
8.1 per cent in January 2009 as
651,000 persons loss their jobs
during the month. Analysts pre-
dict that the US recession is likely
to continue well into the later
part of 2009 and should start re-
covering in early 2010.
The recession in the industri-
alized countries has adversely
impacted Saint Lucia's economy,

given that our economy depends
heavily on these countries for
tourism, foreign direct invest-
ment and other capital inflows
and remittances. Already we
have seen the adverse impact on
the tourism industry, our main
foreign exchange earner. Stay-
over tourist arrivals declined
consistently between the months
of September 2008 and Janu-
ary 2009 relative to the previous
year, as the recession deepened
in the US and other major source
markets. During this period the
number of stay-over visitors fell
by 31.0 per cent relative to the
previous year. Reductions in
the number of flights by Ameri-
can Eagle also contributed to the

fall in arrivals. The surge in job
losses in the main source markets
could result in further declines
in visitor arrivals in the coming
The construction sector, which
has been the main driver of eco-
nomic activity in Saint Lucia, ex-
perienced a contraction in 2008
reflecting delays in commence-
ment of new projects in the pub-
lic and private sectors. In the
private sector work on a number
of projects were either halted or
failed to commence largely as a
result of difficulties in sourcing
financing, as inflows from foreign
direct investment fell. The de-
cline in foreign direct investment
reflected the freezing of interna-

tional liquidity as banks have
become cautious in lending.
However, work on a number
of public and private construc-
tion projects are expected to
intensify in 2009 as the con-
struction sector is expected to
be the main driver of growth
in 2009.
In response to the impact of
the external shock on the do-
mestic economy, the Govern-
ment of Saint Lucia has taken
a number of measures to miti-
gate the impact on the local
population and to stimulate
domestic economic activity.
Continued on page 2

Developing Our Human Resources Ministry of Education prepares for the
Page 2 reopening of School Page 9

Eye on the Constituencies pages 4-5

Inside the Ministry page 6

"Take "- A fifteen minute news review of the week.

Every Friday at 6.15 p.m. on NTN, Cablevision Channel 2.


Saturday August 29, 2009


Developing our Human


Reciprocity in Diplomatic Aid

ince 2007 the government
and people of Saint Lucia
and the Republic of Chi-
na (Taiwan), have been bound
in diplomatic harmony, rees-
tablishing ties broken in 1997.
Diplomatic aid is rooted in the
concept of reciprocity and Saint
Lucia has quite aptly responded
to the recent disaster in Taiwan
with an official token of our
Many small island develop-
ing states experience natural
disasters caused by cyclones
(hurricanes or typhoons), earth-
quakes, landslides and volcanic
eruptions. Although natural di-
sasters also occur in other coun-
tries, the impact on an island
economy when a disaster occurs
is relatively greater in terms
of damage per unit of area and
costs per capital, due to the small
size of the country.
The recent typhoon in Tai-
wan has caused major damage
to property and sadly numerous
lives are lost and still unaccount-

ed for. Saint Lucia, as a small vul-
nerable state that has been through
the experience of hurricanes and
adverse weather conditions, can
offer its expertise to the people of
Taiwan in this regard.
As a government and a people
we truly extend our most profound
sympathy to the government and
the people of Taiwan. At this time
of mourning and grief we encour-
age the government and people of
Taiwan to be strong for as sure as
distances tests a horse's strength,
time reveals a people's character.
We take comfort in knowing that
the people of Taiwan are resilient
and formidable and that they will
rise from the ashes and rebuild
their beloved country with pride
and dignity.
The small token of
US$100,000.00 that our Prime
Minister gave to Taiwanese Ambas-
sador His Excellency, Tom Chou is
but a miniscule token that cannot at
all be compared or measured to our
love and gratitude for the people of
Taiwan. The relationship between

our countries has blossom to
provide us with tremendous
diplomatic aid in many areas of
development, which include ag-
riculture, education, improve-
ment in our drivers license pro-
gramme, e-government etc.
On behalf of all Saint Lu-
cians, Prime Minister King
assures the government and
people of Taiwan that in time of
uncertainty and difficulty, Saint
Lucia remains a true friend. "We
firmly believe that friendship
marks a life even more deeply
than love...friendship is never
anything but sharing."
Saint Lucia will always share
its love and friendship with Tai-
wan because the bonds of amity
between our countries are root-
ed deeply in eternal love.
As a people we stand with
Taiwan through our friendship
to hold them up in times of tur-
bulence, and to let them know
that they can lean on us and be
comforted just by knowing that
we are standing by.

The National Skills Devel-
opment Centre (NSDC)
is continuing to develop
Saint Lucia's human resource in
various sectors.
Officially launched on Feb-
ruary 15, 2001, as a quasi non-
profit statutory body that func-
tions with a Board of Directors
providing insights into various
sectors of the economy and
guiding policy decisions, the
Centre emerged as a holistic
solution to the unemployment
situation and a replacement to
the previous Youth Skills Train-
ing Programme. The NSDC fo-
cuses on instilling the necessary
attitudes, skills and knowledge
into individuals for career suc-
cess in this new era of work.
The organisation's services
include a Learning Resource
Section, Computer labs for In-
formation Technology training,
Career Counseling, Soft Skills
and Technical Vocational Skills
training, Job training and Place-
ment. The target group includes
displaced banana farmers,
school dropouts, teenage moth-
ers as well as youth at risk. The
NSDC is mandated to impact
on their lives through reeduca-

tion, socially and through their
personal development, thereby
transforming their lifestyles.
Through its Mission State-
ment, the Centre is mandated
to work with the support of the
private and public sectors to
provide information and train-
ing services towards developing
a skilled, informed and market-
able workforce. The principle
objectives of the Centre are:
* to work closely with private
and public sector agencies
towards creating a skilled
and marketable labour force;
* to offer a range of services
and programmes which will
help unemployed disadvan-
taged clients become self-re-
liant and realize their career
* to provide local, regional and
international labour market
information to better inform
clients' career decisions.
In its efforts to retrain unem-
ployed people to provide a
holistic approach to the devel-
opment of market driven at-
titudes, skills and knowledge,
the NSDC frequently engages
in cooperative endeavours
with other social partners and


Continued from page 1
The government of the United
Workers Party respects the man-
date given to it by the people of
Saint Lucia to govern in a man-
ner that is consistent with the
strategic objectives of its 2006
manifesto. The conscience of the
ruling party has always been to
"fight the wrong that needs resis-
tance and to help the cause that
needs assistance".
As the Honourable Prime
Minister Stephenson King puts
it "one must not allow oneself
to be derailed by detractors and
loose sight of the important task
of governance which the people
have elected his government to
Prime Minister King is of the
firm belief that "leadership can
be thought of as a capacity to
define oneself to others in a way
that clarifies and expands a vi-
sion of the future", and that "the
only safe ship in a storm is lead-
The Policy Responses are as
(1) Over the last few months

Work has started on a housing project in Vieux Fort
involving the construction of about 300 units at a cost of
approximately $70m. This project is expected to provide a
major boost to economic activity in the south of the island

Government has implemented
measures to reduce the retail
prices of some basic food and
non food items by removing im-
port duties and consumption tax
on these items.
(2) Government also recently
implemented a stimulus pack-
age costing approximately $26m
directed at mainly creating short
term employment in targeted
communities in various projects
including road rehabilitation,
construction of drainage, beau-
tification projects and refurbish-
ment of public facilities.
(3) In response to the down-
turn in the tourism industry and
recognizing the importance of
the tourism industry to Saint Lu-
cia's economy, Government has
increased resources for tourism
While it is not possible at this
time to precisely assess the im-

pact of these initiatives, there
has been a positive effect been
produced by the amount of short
term employment created and
income generated particularly
within the communities benefit-
ting from these projects.
As a result of the decline in the
economy, growth in government
revenue is slowing while expen-
diture pressures continue to rise.
Consequently, the fiscal deficit is
increasing, thereby adding to the
public debt. If not managed in a
responsible way this could result
in unsustainable growth in the
public debt. While Government
would be pursuing counter-cycli-
cal fiscal policy in support of the
economy, we also have a respon-
sibility for prudent fiscal manage-
ment to ensure the public debt re-
mains at a sustainable level.
Government recognizes that it
does not have all the answers in

responding to the crisis. We have
therefore sought to build consen-
sus among key stakeholders in
the society in devising the most
appropriate policy responses.
Therefore a series of consulta-
tions on the economy have begun
with key stakeholders including
the Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, the Chamber of Ag-
riculture and the trade union
movement. Consultations will
continue as we build consensus
on the most appropriate strategy
for managing the crisis. The pro-
cess of consultation will be for-
malized with the formation of a
Tripartite Committee comprising
representatives of Government,
the private sector and the trade
unions. The Tripartite Commit-
tee will be consulted on a regu-
lar basis as part of the process of
building national consensus on
economic policy making.
What are the prospects for 2009?
The prospects for the economy in
2009 are largely contingent on the
successful implementation of a
number of construction projects.
Work is scheduled to begin soon
on a number of projects including
the National Hospital, by April
2009, at a total cost of approxi-
mately $140m. Major road works
are slated for implementation in
2009 including the rehabilitation

of the Praslin to Canelles section
of the East Coast highway, the
Allan Bousquet Highway, the
section of the West Coast road
between Roseau and Soufriere,
and a number of urban roads and
agriculture feeder roads. Ad-
ditionally, work is expected to
begin soon on the Jeremie Street
redevelopment project involving
the redevelopment of a section of
the waterfront on Jeremie Street.
Work has started on a hous-
ing project in Vieux Fort involv-
ing the construction of about 300
units at a cost of approximately
$70m. This project is expected
to provide a major boost to eco-
nomic activity in the south of the
The successful implementation
of these projects will provide a
fillip to economic activity, not-
withstanding the adverse effects
of the external shocks on the do-
mestic economy.
While 2009 will be a challeng-
ing year for the economy, the
Government of Saint Lucia is
confident that with the appropri-
ate macroeconomic policies and
strategies for sustaining econom-
ic activity, Saint Lucia's economy
will weather the storm as we
seek to mitigate the impact of the
global economic recession.

Page 2

Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson King focuses on
building resilience, stability and good governance
amidst the global financial crisis

Na.141ent Rev.4"tw

Saturday August 29, 2009

funding agencies. In order to
ensure that its services are de-
centralized, the NSDC operates
through six (6) satellite centres
island-wide. Through annual
assessments of the labour mar-
ket needs in St. Lucia to better
guide the development of train-

Na t4onat Review

ing programmes and modules,
as a strategic approach to skills
training and development, the
NSDC has implemented over
two hundred different techni-
cal vocational areas under the
training projects indicated be-

Skills Training Projects Implementation No. of People
Period Trained
Technical Vocational Training 2001 2002 250
(local TVET funds)
Basic N,-eds Trust Fund(BNTF) 2)2 2003 213
funded by C)B
Special Framework of Assistance 2002 2003 550
(SFA) 1999 IlnJded bh\ E
Sptecil ramework of Aissisance 2XH)3 2004 512
(SFA.) 2(M Iunded bh EUI
Hospitality and Coinsruciion 2(X)6 2007 498
Skills Training (HC.P) funded by
Youth Apprenticeship 2-14 2006 167
Programme (YAP) funded by
Construction Skills Training for 2(K7 -2009 112
Women (West Coasl) St. Lucia
funded by IIN I ':CDI
Special Framework of Assistance 2(07 2009 329
(SFA' 2002 funded h\ EU

Special Framcwork of Asislancc
(SFA) 2)0-1 funded b\ EL:

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70 and ongoing

*Training of Trainers for Training Providers is currently ongoing.

Women training in tiling and carpentary

Guided by its vision to be-
come a progressively viable
institution, dedicated to the
advancement of knowledge,
skills and attitudes necessary
for survival in the changing
global work environment, the
NSDC has refurbished and
revitalized the Choiseul Arts
and Craft Centre (CACC) to fa-
cilitate increased sales. Whilst
the Craft component of the
CACC's services has been re-
vamped to improve product
quality, variety and quantity,
a refurbished restaurant will
now cater to the needs of the
community as well as visi-
tors. Continuing progress in
the construction of a Hospital-
ity Training Institution in the
southern zone, according to

facility standards, will become
NSDC's major thrust towards
commercial activities. With
limited allocations from Gov-
ernment, these strategic goals
will enable the NSDC to meet
current demands for paid eve-
ning programmes. Additional-
ly, the NSDC is recognized by
CISCO and is therefore the sole
Centre in St. Lucia for provid-
ing certification in IT Essentials
and CCNA training, which
is recognized both regionally
and internationally. All these
influence the organization's
capability to meet its milestone
of sustainability.
Impact assessments con-
ducted have revealed that the
Job Attachment Programme
increased by 13% from 2006.

These also indicate that some
participants of projects imple-
mented during 1999 to 2004 are
still employed under their area
of training.
Currently, the NSDC is work-
ing with the TVET Accredita-
tion Unit of the Ministry of
Education to gain accredita-
tion, which would facilitate the
awarding of Caribbean Voca-
tional Qualifications (CVQ).
As a result, the organization is
in the process of incorporating
training standards into future
training interventions. This will
further improve on the Centre's
service quality and its capacity
for sustainability, thereby en-
suring that the organisation's
activities deliver the vision for
the future.

* Page 3

New and Improv

Aerial photo of Anse La Raye's beach front

The Government of Japan
has provided grant aid
for the improvement of
the fishery infrastructure at the
Anse La Raye Fish Landing Sta-
tion located on the west coast of
Saint Lucia.
The purpose of this project is
to promote and improve fish-
ing activities of the fishers in
Anse La Raye and neighbour-
ing districts such as Canaries.
This is expected to be achieved
by improving and developing

facilities that would ensure se-
cure, safe and efficient activi-
ties at the Fish Landing Station.
Moreover, this development is
expected to increase and im-
prove the social, economic and
overall livelihood opportunities
within the community.
The site is found along the
Anse La Raye beach, just south
of Pointe D' Orange. There are
currently 119 fishers operating
out of the Anse La Raye Fish
Landing Station, with 24 reg-

istered fishing
of fish were lan
communities o
and Canaries.
Over the pas
tion of the fish
Anse la Raye h
riorated due to
disasters. The je
and could no
fishing boats;
other fishing f
cient and inade
fishery develop
The improver
be carried out i
bishment of the
which would in
al of vending bo
ing, electrical f
jetty will also b
new concrete d
The area will b
fishing gear an
as an ice making
ally, the area v
ever cooperative
The new Fis
expected to b
March 2010


red PI

boats. In 2008,
106,119.1 tonnes
ded between the JJJ
If Anse La Raye

t years, the func-
eries facilities in
as severely dete-
age and natural
tty was damaged
it accommodate
vith some of the
facilities, insuffi-
quate for current
ment activities to
include the refur-
vendor's arcade
evolve the renew-
)oths and plumb-
acilities, etc. The
e replaced with a
decked structure.
e fitted with new
d lockers, as well
plant. Addition-
vill have its first I
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NaNlt gFev.iew

According to MP for Gros
Islet the Honourable
Lenard "Spider" Mon-
toute he and his team are busy
trying to transform the physical
landscape of Gros Islet, with the
hope to improving the aesthet-
ics, public facilities and other
amenities. One of the aspects
that have been undertaken is
the beautification of the constit-
uency which is on going.
Other plans and initiatives
include the establishment of
the government-owned Gros
Islet Development Company
(GIDC) to address road and so-
cial infrastructure maintenance
in conjunction with the Town
Council. Funds will come from
property taxes from the area,
60% of which will be allocated
to the GIDC. It will also have
the ability to generate funds
and seek grants.
A considerable effort has
been made to improve the in-
frastructural out look of the
constituency in terms of drains,
roads etc. other undertakings to
be done include a park to be es-
tablished near the community
centre in Massade.
A new human resource de-
velopment centre will be built
for Gros Islet which will house
the Post office, Town Council
Office, Registrars Office and the
Court House. The current build-
ing which houses the Town
Council will be used as a as a
facility for the playing field.
A new vending market is
slated for Gros Islet town along
with two public beach parks in
the southern and northern ends
of Pigeon Point. Additional
parks will be built in Central
Monchy, Gros Islet and Grand
Riviere for vendors and for the
general recreation of the con-
The improved sports infra-
structure in Grand Riviere has
been completed with changing
rooms. However, upgrading
the playing surface with addi-
tional seating will commence
soon with funding by the Euro-
pean Union.
As the development of the
Gros Islet and surround com-
munities continue multi pur-
pose courts will be established

Saturday August 29, 2009

Upgraded Gros Islet Town Square

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Beautification of Gros Islet

in Grand Riviere along with
improvement of Corinth play-
ing field with new vending and
other facilities.
The HOPE project will bring
about numerous community
and public infra structural proj-
ect that will benefit the resi-
dents in most of the communi-
ties of Gros Islet.
Currently we are seeking
land space to build a multi-pur-
pose court in Corinth while at
the same time we have broken

Changing room sports facility in Grand Riviere

ground in August for a Hu-
man Resource Centre in Mon-
chy which will include a Day-
care Centre, changing areas for
youth, sports men and women,
an IT Centre and an open hall
for social activities. Improve-
ment of the Gros Islet Playing
Field has been completed with
toilet facilities for spectators
and additional lighting to ex-
tend the time within which it
can be utilized.
I have made a concerted ef-

fort to address the water prob-
lems in many areas with the
constituency. There is major
work towards bringing Pipe
borne water has for the first
time been brought to La Bourne
area at the same time I am also
working on addressing water
problems in Vieux Sequix, De-
gazon and upper Monier
In the area of health efforts
have been made to extend the
hours of the polyclinic with the
service of the Medical School

on Gros Islet. Students and
lecturers will utilize the poly-
clinic for training while serving
as staff after hours. Additional
equipment will be provided by
the medical school for use at the
poly-cinic which will benefit
the residents and the general
public at large.
At the moment plans are well
advanced to formulate a pro-
gramme of activities for 2010
to celebrate Gros islet's eleva-
tion to a township. "We want



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Redevelopment of the Gros Islet Jetty and look out Tower and improved beach area

Construction of new bridge in southern end of pigeon point

Improved road works in the constituency

IT Centre in the Gros Islet Public Library

to mark the occasion in a big
way because we see it as a mile-
stone." Activities begin in Janu-
ary with the grand celebration
in August".
Plans to mark this grand oc-
casion include a beautification
drive with assistance from the
Taiwanese Agricultural Techni-
cal Mission to help transform
the community, homecoming
for Gros islet residents over-
seas, nurturing and develop-
ing our culture and talent with

a grand pageant, sporting and
cultural events.
There will be a major gala
hosted by the Parliamentary
Representative to honour and
recognize residents who have
made an outstanding contribu-
tion to the development of the
town in the last 25 years. A walk
of Fame will see bricks being
laid along Maria Street towards
the church with the names of
outstanding residents.
In addition to physical infra-

structure, the district represen-
tative has sought to implement
programmes to engage the peo-
ple, particularly the youth with
laptops to outstanding Com-
mon entrance students, public
IT labs in various quarters with
the provision of internet access
at the Gros Islet Library.
Similar IT centres will be set
up in Riviere Mitant, Monchy
and Grand Riviere, the recently
completion of a summer pro-
gramme for approximately 50

children. This is expected to be
followed with the establishment
of a lifesaving, windsurfing and
sailing club to be established.
An after school academic pro-
grammes will be established for
young people. To inspire confi-
dence and to sustain this pro-
gramme with human resource
capacity we will be calling on
successful and outstanding
residents to give back through
volunteerism and serve as men-
tors, coaches.

The Honourable Member of
Parliament for Gros Islet con-
cluded by pointing out that
"There is much I expect to
achieve in the coming year. I am
certain by the end of my tenure
2011; I would have made a sig-
nificant difference in the social,
infrastructural, educational and
health life of the people of Gros
Islet, who elected me to serve
them. It is with all humility, re-
spect and joy I say thank you to
them for their advice, support
and encouragement".

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Nat-tnal H evl w

Saturday August 29, 2009

Inside the ministry

Minister Lenard Montoute and PS Philip Dalsou meets with Public Sector Unions

The Ministry is charged
with a number of re-
sponsibilities which in-
clude negotiations with Labour
Unions, maintaining good in-
dustrial climate and ensuring
proper working conditions for
Other responsibilities include
addressing human resource
matters through Personnel De-
partment and utilizing new me-
dia to make government more
accessible and expanding its
reach thorough the E-Govern-
ment Unit. It is expected that
much emphasis will be placed
on this vital unit which will
take government into the future
with new innovations in IT for
the public services. The Units
current work includes (a) estab-
lishment of a national IT centre
in Castries with the assistance
of the government of Taiwan,
(b) assisting the Ministry of
Communications and works
with new vehicle license and
registration programme, (c) de-
veloping a new crime data and
record system for the police, (d)
improving data systems to as-
sist the Ministry of Agriculture
to collect data, (e) assisting the
Registry in overcoming the pe-
rennial problems with the issu-
ance of certificates and (f) orga-
nizing scholarships for citizens
and in-house training for public
servants through the Training

In this regard The Vice Presi-
dent of Finance at the New
England Institute of Technol-
ogy (NEIT) extended an invi-
tation to Honourable Minister
Lenard Montoute in July 2009,
to tour the facilities of the New
England Institute of Technol-
ogy and meet with various De-
partment Chairs and managers
to become more familiar with
NEIT educational resources.
The delegation included Mrs.
Elizabeth Bailey and Ms. Ansel-
ma Calderon Training Officer.
A memorandum of Under-
standing (MOU) between the
Government of St. Lucia and
NEIT was signed marking the
beginning of a long and mutual
beneficial relationship.
The objective of this visit
was to explore training oppor-
tunities for St. Lucian students
wishing to pursuing studies in
the Technical Vocational Areas
offered at the institution and to
explore an offer to partial schol-
arships in the specified areas of
The New England Institute
of Technology (NEIT) will pro-
vide 4 14 awards per year in
the following technical areas:
Mechanical Engineer, Marine
Technology, Electrical Technol-
ogy, Plumbing, Construction,
Construction Architecture, In-
formation Technology, Cabinet
making and TV & Radio Pro-

Both the Bachelor's Degree
and the Associate Degree can
be completed in 18 months.
The cost of the programmes are
worked out in such a way that
includes a contribution from
the Government of Saint Lu-
cia in the amount of US$ 2,500
.00 with an additional injection
of US$2,500.00 by NEIT. This
amounts to US$5000.00 with
the balance of cost to be met by
the students.
The Ministry of the Public
Service is attempting to trans-
form the public service. Minister
Montoute was frank in admit-
ting that "the general public is
not happy with the way things
are done and pointed out that
the Ministry is criticized heavi-
ly. To this end there is an urgent
need to review approaches and
methods to become more effi-
cient, ensure internal systems
employed for staff recognition
and reward including ensuring
that the performance appraisal
assessment is measurable in
an effective way, reviewing the
staff classification system and
instituted a re-training pro-
gramme for staff in the areas of
communication, report writing,
management etc.

Establishment and
Legal Division
The main responsibilities of
the Department of Establish-
ment include establishment of
government offices, making

recommendations to Cabinet
relating to structures of minis-
tries and departments, process-
ing all lease as to rental agree-
ments on behalf of government
and designing of government
offices. The Legal Division of
the Ministry exists to advise
ministries and departments on
government policies, regula-
tions and staff orders as well as
to process all maters relating to
discipline of public servants to
the Public Service Commission.

Department of Social Trans-
formation Youth And Sports
The Ministry has been hard
hit by the financial belt tight-
ening which has restricted its
budget and the amount of work
that can be done. The Minis-
try is seeking volunteers to as-
sist with their programmes,
which focus heavily on youth.
In the area of poverty allevia-
tion, the Community Service
Unit is working with the Saint
Lucia Social Development
Fund (SSDF) to ameliorate the
problems of poor or indigent
citizens. These Programmes
include housing assistance
programmes, educational as-
sistance programmes, employ-
ment opportunity, the HOPE
Programme has been launched
to extend greater opportunities
for training, employment, and
health assistance and the Youth
Entrepreneurship programme
design to encourage develop-

ment of self-employment and
entrepreneurial activities.
In the area of sports the Min-
istry is concentrating on main-
taining and upgrading of the
sporting infrastructure. A total
of approximately EC$7M was
spent to overhaul the George
Odlum Stadium, which made
it possible to host the interna-
tional track events, the first of
which was the massively suc-
cessful CARIFTA Games.
We are currently preparing
to host the 20/20 World Cricket
Championship and as a conse-
quence the 7-year-old Beause-
jour Cricket Stadium will be
rehabilitated. There is dearly
the need to ensure that our
sporting facilities are properly
maintained and this we will
do with EU funding. In order
to achieve efficiency in sports
development certain vital core
programmes must established.
Programmes such as the Elite
Athlete Programme that iden-
tifies outstanding sportspeople
and provides enhanced support
and the expansion of Sports for
all programme already estab-
lished in Choiseul, Dennery,
Gros Islet and Castries, must
spread throughout the entire is-
land. It is only when we achieve
this that every son and daugh-
ter of Saint Lucia will truly be
afforded to opportunity to de-
velop this sporting prowess,
passion and enthusiasm.

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Saturday August 29, 2009

Nato$nart Review

The Saint Lucia Bureau of
Standards (SLBS) is co-
ordinating the staging
of a sensitization seminar for
stakeholders in the agricultural
sector on a new regime of stan-
dards and certification for agri-
cultural products.
Under the European Union's
Framework of Assistance for
2002 (SFA 2002), a project enti-
tled "Development and Imple-
mentation of Standards and a
Certification System for Select-
ed Agricultural Products and
Training" is being implemented
in Saint Lucia.
Under this project, existing
national standards for selected
crops, livestock, poultry and
fish products will be revised,
draft new standards developed,
a certification system estab-
lished and training imparted
to producers/suppliers, inspec-
tors, regulatory personnel and
other stakeholders.
The project is also expected

The Government of Saint
Lucia through the Saint
Lucia Bureau of Stan-
dards is inviting comments
from key sedors of the public
on a Draft Guidelines for Rec-
reational Water Quality Stan-
dards for Saint Lucia. The doc-
ument drafted by the Caribbean
Environmental Health Institute
CEHI was presented to govern-
ment as part of a projed funded
by the European Union.
The SLBS has invited a num-
ber of agencies and sectors
whose adivities impad water
quality to the first of two con-
sultations, the first to be held
on Wednesday, August 26th,
at the National Insurance Cor-
poration Conference Centre.
A similar consultation will be
held in the South of the island
in September.
Saint Lucia's waters, both
riverine and coastal, and as-
sociated habitats, have always
been important to communi-
ties as a source of food and for
recreation. However, these wa-
ters are under increasing threat

to play an important role in, im-
proving the quality, safety and
competitiveness of locally pro-
duced crops, poultry, livestock
and fish products.
A perennial problem of ag-
ricultural production here is
the issue of sale of agricultural
products once they are avail-
able. The project will address
that issue with the expected re-
sult of achieving greater market
penetration of locally produced
crops, poultry, livestock and
fish products
A half day sensitization
seminar was held on Wednes-
day 24th June 2008 from 9:00
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the NIC
Conference Room, 5th Floor
NIC building, Castries Water-
The purpose of the seminar
was to informing all stakehold-
ers of the relevant details of the
project and how it could impact
on their businesses or activities;
obtaining valuable stakeholder

from a number of land-based
pollutants in the form of sew

The document reflects an in-
tense consultative process with

Planet Earth

age, sediments, nutrients, pesti-
cides, litter and marine debris.
The draft guidelines respond
to these increasing threats to
the island's recreational waters,
with a view to regulating the
quality of the water entering
recreational waters.

a number of stakeholders, in-
cluding relevant government
agencies. The Saint Lucia Bu-
reau of Standards, which is the
national agency responsible for
the establishment and adoption
of standards, is finalizing the
draft standard which will again

Agriculture still a pivital sector for the Caribbean

input into the implementation
plans of the project; and general
public sensitization.

The project is being imple-
mented by the Ministry of
Agriculture, Land, Fisheries

go through a process of consul-
tations with stakeholders, such
as hoteliers, manufacturers,
marinas and garages, for their
review and comment.
The development of a Recre-
ational Water Quality Standard
for Saint Lucia is a first step in
the implementation of the Land
Based Sources of Marine Pol-
lution Protocol ratified by the
Government of Saint Lucia in
January, 2008. More important-
ly, the Standard once approved,
can be used as an important tool
to facilitate the maintenance of
a high recreational water qual-
ity in Saint Lucia, so that the
health of its people and visitors
are not compromised.
As we all know, Liquid Wa-
ter is Essential for Life. Water
Sources are renewable...but
finite! 70% of earth's surface
is water, Only 2.5% to 3% is
fresh water, Less than 1% is
accessible, Pollution and other
factors further, reduce access
by 2/3, billion people (1/6th of
the world's population) have
no access to quality drinking
Liquid water is responsible
for life as we know it! Viewed
from space the earth appears to
be mostly water, but only 2.5%
of that water is fresh, and most
of that lies frozen and inacces-

and Forestry and coordinated
by the Saint Lucia Bureau of

sible. As a result, less than 1%
of fresh water is accessible in
lakes, river channels and un-
der ground.Geography, envi-
ronment and pollution from
human activities reduce this
amount by a further two thirds,
and what remains is unequally
distributed around the world.
It should be noted that access
to safe water, provision of suf-
ficient supplies of water, and
access to sanitation are three
factors that together can con-
tribute to the health and safety
of the world's population. A
lack of adequate supplies of
good-quality water, together
with poor sanitation, exacts a
high health toll, particularly
in rural areas, hindering both
social and economic develop-
ment. This makes the promo-
tion of hygienic behaviour a
high priority.
The draft Recreational Water
Quality Standard is also avail-
able on the Saint Lucia Bureau
of Standards website, www.
slbs.org.lc or the GIS website at
For further information
please contad Mr. Julius James
at the Saint Lucia Bureau of
Standards at telephone 456
0102 or Ms. LaVerne Walker at
the Sustainable Development
and Environment Sedion at
468 5808.

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Stakeholders to be consulted on

Draft Guidelines for Recreational

Water Quality Standards

Saturday August 29, 2009

Prime Minister Stephenson King and H.E. Ambassador
Tom Chou in deep discussion on the Typhoon that hit Taiwan

His Excellency Taiwanese Ambassador Tom Chou accepts the donation from
Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson King

Prime Minister Stephen-
son King made it very
dear that the numerous
contributions Taiwan has made
to Saint Lucia in the areas of
infrastructural development,
agriculture, education and so-
cial development generally, ce-
ments a bond that will forever
echo in the hearts and minds
of all Saint Lucian's. The leader
of our nation went further to
state that we have expressed
our gratitude through our par-
liamentarians (especially in
parliament) and through the
people of Saint Lucia for the
support that we continue to re-

ceive from the Government and
People of Taiwan.
On occasions when our coun-
tries are devastated, we call
upon friends to provide moral
and financial support where
possible, to help rebuild and
gain strength in national devel-
opment. Following the impact
of hurricane Dean Saint Lucia
received early support from the
government and people of Tai-
Recently, typhoon Maricot
caused major damage to Tai-
wan's infrastructure which re-
sulted in loss of life on a large

scale. Consequently, the gov-
ernment and people of Saint
Lucia have responded with ges-
tures of sympathy to the people
of Taiwan especially those who
lost their lives and suffered lost
of property.
Prime Minister King point-
ed out that the gesture of
US$100,000.00 seems small but
must be seen as a profound
symbolic demonstration of am-
ity aimed at giving moral sup-
port to Taiwan to show how
much we value their friendship.
The intent of the contribution is
to go to the indigenous people
who have suffered the most.

The Government of Saint Lu-
cia is in the process of imple-
menting a comprehensive
Private Sector Development
Programme (PSDP) with sup-
port from its international de-
velopment partners.
The overall objective of the
PSDP is to accelerate the pace
of economic diversification
and growth by improving
the business environment,
enhancing the quality of tech-
nical and managerial skills of
the labour market, provid-
ing support to entrepreneurs
and industry associations in
product and or services de-
velopment, marketing and
modernization of Informa-
tion Communications Tech-
nology (ICT).
Under the Special Frame-
work of Assistance (SFA)
2002, the EU is providing fi-
nancial assistance for the es-
tablishment of a Rural Credit
Facility, which among other
interventions is expected to
stimulate the inflow of credit

to and increase investment by
rural businesses, particularly
Small and Micro Enterprises.
The Cooperative Move-
ment which has traditionally
been in the forefront of rural
development has been se-
lected to spearhead the drive
towards improved efficiency,
productivity and competi-
To this end, a series of train-
ing programmes organized
by the Cooperative League
and sponsored by the Office
of Private Sector Relations,
under the RESTORE Pro-
gramme have been planned
for September.
The Training targets Board
and Committee Members as
well as Credit Union Branch
Managers and other senior
Training will be conducted
in Castries, Mon Repos and
Vieux Fort, beginning Sep-
tember 5, until September 26,

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Saturday August 29, 2009

Ministry of Education prepares

for the reopening of School

National Review met with
the Chief Education Officer in
preparation for the reopening
of school.
As the Ministry of education
prepare for the re-opening of
school, Chief Education Office
Mrs. Augusta Ifill emphasizes
that the health and safety of
the students are of Paramount
importance. "We are looking
first at keeping our children
safe. This includes preventa-
tive measures to reduce the
spread of the H1N1 pandemic,
known as the Swine Flu. Since
the closing of school there
have been several confirmed
School opening will see
the assembly of people in
large numbers, many will be
students coming back from
traveling or who are close to
someone who traveled so pre-
ventative measures must be
put in place as this can spread

school break preparing for the
reopening of the 105 schools
under its wing:
There has been a heavy fo-
cus on strengthening monitor-
ing and supervision systems
by training all principals
and secondary school vice-
principals. Additionally there
has been a process of phasing
in the Caribbean Vocational
Qualification certified by CXC
to provide additional areas of
assessment for graduants.
The ministry has also
undertaken greater monitor-
ing of newly instituted forms
of certification through the
Elevation of Standard Skills
for Inclusive Growth run by
Further we have examined
the curriculum to incorporate
areas such as theatre arts,
music and visual arts. This has
been included on the prior-
ity list to provide training for
teachers in those areas.
"This school year the
challenge is im-
proving on the

Physical Education (PE) pro-
gramme has been enhanced,
with a new PE curriculum
generated at the CARICOM
level to begin in September
2009. This included training
of PE teachers to deliver new
structured PE curriculum from
Kindergarten to CXC level.
mThe Ministry is currently
assessing the newly released
O Level and A Level CXC ex-
amination results. There has
been an increase in the over-
all percentage passes and an
improvement in the quality of
passes is also anticipated.
We continue to deal with the
expected challenges of Univer-
sal Secondary Education. The
focus has now shifted from
ensuring a secondary school
place for every child, to ensur-
ing that every child deserves a
place. This includes strength-
ening the primary school
system to deliver the neces-
sary results and putting
systems in place for
special needs chil-
dren currently
in secondary

Checklist and Fees for the Submission
of Planning Applications
1. The developer or his agent presents application to the front
desk counter for submission.
2. The application is checked by the front desk clerks or build-
ing officers to ensure that the developer/agent has submit-
ted all the requirements for the particular type of applica-
tion being submitted.
3. Assuming all the requirements have been submitted, a pay-
ment slip is written up and given to the developer or his
agent for payment of fees.
4. An application is not registered until fees have been paid for
the application. Upon payment of the fees, the developer
submits the application with the receipts showing proof that
the fees have been paid.
5. The application is then registered by the front desk clerks
or building officers by registering all the information appli-
cable to the application being submitted in the register of
applications. The application is given a reference number,
which will be the next consecutive number available in the
The information (applicable to the application) written in the
register of applications is as follows:
(a) Reference Number
(b) Date of submission
(c) Number of plans submitted
(d) Applicant's name
(e) Block and Parcel Number
(f) Location of development
(g) District
(h) Approval type (full approval or approval in principle)
(i) Application type e.g. commercial, residential, subdivision,
(j) Other types of applications not specified under application
type, e.g tent, fence.
(k) Area of development (building area or area of lots for sub-
(1) Number of bedrooms
(m) Number of lots
(n) Fees
(o) Department Circulation dispatched and returned, i.e. re-
ceipt numbers
(p) Decision
(q) Recipient (person who receives application on presentation
of registration slip)
(r) Subdivision Number
(s) Designer
(t) Remarks ( signature of officer registering application)
6. Once all the information relevant to the application (as indi-
cated above) is entered in the registration book, a registra-
tion slip is prepared and given to the developer/agent. This
slip must be presented when collecting the application. The
registration slip also provides information relevant to the
application, such as:
(a) Applicant's name
(b) Address
(c) Application Reference Number
(d) Development type
(e) Date submitted
The officer registering the application must sign this slip on
behalf of the Executive Secretary, Development Control Author-
ity. The slip is also stamped with the Authority's date stamp
indicating the date the application was submitted.
The officer registering the application then writes the refer-
ence number and stamps the date stamp on the top right hand
comer of all the documents and drawings (individual sheets) of
the application. The application is then referred to the Develop-
ment Control Officer or to the Executive Secretary who assigns
it to an officer for processing.
For further information contact the Development Control Author-
ity, Physical Planning Section a tel. no. 468-4457 or 468-4455.

Let's Talk About Tax...

he acronym "VAT" stands for "Value Added Tax". It is simplest to think of VAT as a broad-
basedsales tax that may apply to each stage of production, processing, and distribution. In
other words, VAT is a multi-stage general sales tax.
VAT differs from a Sales Tax because it utilizes a credit mechanism for businesses. Each VAT-
registered business pays tax on the purchase of inputs and charges VAT on the sales of outputs. The
business remits the amount of VAT collected from customers less the amount paid on purchase of
inputs. This mechanism effectively provides relief for VAT paid on the purchase of inputs.
The Government of Saint Lucia has announced its policy intention to embark on the implementa-
tion of a modern and broad based Value Added Tax. Empirical studies have revealed weaknesses in
the current indirect tax regime and have proposed a tax reform initiative aimed at a more effi cient,
appropriate, simplified and modernized indirect tax system.
Many developed and developing countries have introduced a Value Added Tax system, which has
continued to spread throughout the world since its introduction in France more than 50 years ago. To
date over 130 countries worldwide are operating a VAT, including Caribbean countries such as Haiti,
Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. In the last three years, Dominica, Belize, Anti-
gua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent have also introduced VAT. Grenada is on schedule to re-introduce
VAT, whilst St. Kitts and Nevis are considering its introduction. In some of these countries, the VAT
is a major source of their tax revenue
The Government of Saint Lucia has decided to introduce a VAT but not before April 2010. VAT
should not be seen as an additional tax, but rather a replacement tax for some of the indirect taxes,
currently being administered by the Inland Revenue Department and the Customs and Excise De-
partment. This recommendation was made in 2003 by OECS Tax Reform Commission, established by
the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
Currently, the tax system comprises of direct and indirect taxes. Direct taxes include Income, Cor-
porate and Withholding tax. Some of the indirect taxes presently being levied include Consumption
tax, Hotel and Accommodation Tax, Environment Service Charge, Mobile Cellular Tax, Customs Ser-
vice Charge, and Motor Vehicle Rental fee.
Only indirect taxes are considered for reform under a VAT, not direct taxes. The final list of taxes to
be replaced or reduced by the VAT has not been determined. These taxes will cease upon the intro-
duction of VAT, and will not be levied together with the VAT for any period, whatsoever.
Major decisions to determine the rate, threshold for registration, treatment of goods and services,
taxes to be replaced and transitional issues are being considered by the policy makers.


The Holistic Opportunities for Personal Empowerment
(HOPE) programme has been formulated to address the imme-
diate needs of the vulnerable population of St. Lucia, while si-
multaneously equipping them with the resources needed to as-
sist in securing a more sustainable livelihood This programme
is administered by the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund
(SSDF) in collaboration with various agencies. It is expected
that approximately two thousand (2000) persons will benefit
from this programme on an annual basis.
HOPE is designed around four pillars: (1) Employment, (2)
Training, (3) Personal Development and (4) Health.
Objectives of Hope Programme
* Employment creation / Reduce unemployment
* Generate economic activity
* Improve size and quality of labour force

It is paramount that the nec-
essary preparatory work be
done prior to the implementa-
tion of a VAT. These activities
include but are not limited to:
stakeholder consultations, pub-
lic education, taxpayer train-
ing, and development of a VAT
Legislation, registration of tax-
payers, development of an IT
System, and establishment of
the organizational structure to
administer the VAT.
The VAT Implementation
Project Team was established
by Cabinet in October 2008,
with the Project Offi ce located
on No. 4 Bridge Street, Castries.
The team is mandated to pre-
pare Saint Lucia for the Imple-
mentation of VAT by April 1st
To date, the Implementation
project team has had initial con-
sultations or have made presen-
tations to some organizations
such as the SLHTA, SLISBA,
Chamber of Agriculture and
the Executive Director of the
Chamber of Commerce. We are
also in the process of schedul-
ing consultations with the other

* Increase and improve community/public assets and
Target Group
Unemployed Persons: Unskilled, Semi-Skilled and Skilled. Must
be 16 years and older Must be a St Lucian
Persons will be selected by the SSDF from an unemploy-
ment database which will be web-based for easy access to all
Hope Employment Initiatives
* Community/Public Infrastructural Projects
* Community/Public Beautification Projects
* Public Sector Efficiency Assignments
* Private Sector Job Placement Partnerships
* Youth and Sports Services
* Self Employment Services
All persons employed under HOPE initiatives must par-
ticipate in the following components of HOPE.
The Training Component (which includes but not limited to):
* On-the-job, and classroom training
* Efficiency training
* Retooling training
* Project & business management training
Certificates will be issued to participants where possible.

National Review is published fortnightly by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Department of Information Services.
Contact us at: The Office the Prime Minister and the Department of Information Services, Greaham Louisy Administrative
Building, The Waterfront, Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies
Tel: (758) 468 2127/2116; E-mail: rhalexander@gosl.gov.lc or gis@candw.lc; website: http://stlucia.gov.lc

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groups and other business or-
ganizations on the island.
The Implementation Project
Team is cognizant of the need
for an effective Public Educa-
tion drive and a comprehensive
campaign will be undertaken in
every Saint Lucian community,
geared towards educating per-
sons on the broad concepts of a
VAT and to highlight the rights
and responsibilities of final con-
sumers under the system.
A VAT will impact the lives of
all Saint Lucians and residents.
As a result, presentations and
consultations must incorporate
everyone. It must be conducted
in a planned and organized
manner, in order to ensure that
every stakeholder is involved,
regardless of his/her opinion on
the VAT. The publicity aspect
must be timely and provide
accurate information relevant
to the needs of the respective
stakeholder group.
The project team will endeav-
our to reach all Saint Lucians to
share the VAT message in both
English and Creole before the
implementation of the Value
Added Tax system.