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N national Review met with
the Honourable Stephenson
King who is prime among
the cabinet of ministers, to share his
sentiments on the life and work of
one of our greatest sons and father
of the nation, Sir John George Mel-
vin Compton. Prime Minister King
chronicled the life time of Sir John
in the body politic of our Fair Helen
from 1954 as an independent par-
liamentarian in the legislature rep-
resenting Micoud and neighboring
Dennery, to 2006 when he return to
lead the United Workers Party bar-
ing a brief inter-regnum.
Sir John's life must inspire us all
as the embodiment of dedication,
sacrifice, national service and a pro-
found love for people and country.
Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson
King highlighted education, social
and economic advancement and de-
velopment as the hall mark and cor-
ner stone of Sir John's achievements
and life's work. He went on to ex-
plain how that legend of a man laid
the foundation for preparing Saint
Lucia for the twenty first century.
Sir John ensured that Saint Lucia
was recognized in international law
and that our diplomacy was "sov-
ereign". There was an urgent need
to ensure that our state evolved be-
yond mere national symbols of flag,
anthem, historical figures, events
and special holidays to the point of
engendering national focus, identity
and consciousness.
Education was most certainly
paramount in traversing that path
to progress and advancement. Nat-
urally Sir John moved to litter the


Basline Study Page 3 Agreement on Volunteers Page 4


length and breadth of the island
with infant, primary, secondary
and vocational schools, with the Sir
Arthur Lewis Community College
serving as a gate way to further aca-
demic development.
Prime Minister King vividly re-
members that as a giant of a leader,
Sir John had long accepted the logic
that the global market place will be
difficult because of the structural
impediments that inhibits many of
today's developing nations. This is
where he developed a kin interest
and focus on the East Asian model
of economic development which
enjoys a rise in foreign investment,
production, exports and improved
standard of living.
Such a model is based on certain
core fundamentals which must be
pursued if any country is to attain
a significant difference or improve-
ment in growth. The first and per-
haps most important is: the em-
phasis on education, a high level of
national savings, a strong political
framework within which economic
growth is fostered, a commitment
to exports and fifthly, development
of a local economic model based on
technical skills, high savings ratios,
long term state-guided targeting of
industries and markets, and deter-
mination to compete on the world
stage. By his own admission Sir John
has stated clearly that there were
times that he thought he pushed St.
Lucia to much and too fast but in
the end balance obtained.
Continued on page 3


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NATIONAL REVIEW


Saturday September 12, 2009


EDITORIAL


The fundamental law of
navigation tells us that any
one can steer a ship, but it
takes a captain to set the
course. Certainly Prime Min-
ister King was on an urgent
course set for Vieux Fort in the
early hours of September 9th
2009 amidst the savage and
brutal devastation of the St.
Jude's Hospital in the south of
the island by a raging fire.


The leader of our nation proved
clearly that leading is a function of
commitment, courage, and con-
versation. That passionate com-
mitment displayed by him is not
only grand and spectacular in an
unassuming manner but reflects
a genuine spirit of love, care that
goes beyond the call of duty. The
accompany members of cabinet
displayed that wonderful call of
unity at a critical time reflecting


the essence of togetherness and
harmony.
It is clear that the Leadership
displayed by the Prime Minister
echoed in the conversations that
he engage in through the media.
This certainly help to give us as
a people the fuel and the oppor-
tunity to do something to commit
ourselves to rally in a call of unity
to rebuild St. Jude's Hospital.


FirstCaribbean International


Bank makes a Donation


Towards Rebuilding St. Jude's


Given this tragedy's cost in hu-
man life, infrastructure and physical
and emotional disquiet, we felt your
country should not have to bear the
burden of rebuilding alone. Because
of our relationship with St. Jude's
FirstCaribbean felt it fitting that we
communicate to you directly our com-


mitment to the rebuilding process.
We applaud your leadership in the
recovery effort, and we note that you
were on the scene within a matter of
two hours or so.
We are grateful that Saint Lucia's
National Emergency Management
Authority is vibrant and effective.


We must shower commenda-
tion on our fire personnel and the
individuals who helped to ensure
that the patients got out safely.
Our prayers are with the family
of those who lost their loved ones
in such tragic circumstances.
There is no doubt that the gov-
ernment will move expeditiously
to rebuild St. Jude's Hospital with
the kind assistance of the cor-



We want to do our part in keeping
the momentum going to limit further
damage and despair.
FirstCaribbean International Bank
has therefore established an account
in the name you have suggested -
St. Jude HOSPITAL REHABILI-
TATION FUND, Account number
106906839 and we have started off
the fund-raising effort with a deposit
of XCD 200,000.
This we hope will facilitate the
speed with which the hospital man-
agement and the Ministry of Health
needs to forge ahead to rebuild and
re-equip. Additionally, we are mak-
ing arrangements to facilitate dona-


porate community, ordinary
St. Lucian's, friendly govern-
ments and friends in the inter-
national donor organizations.
The Prime Minister remains
confident that we will rise from
the ashes and rebuild a bright-
er beacon of hope in the south
of the island. For though it is in
our nature to accept finite dis-
appointments as a people we
must never lose infinite hope.


tions, by publicising the account
number so that persons wishing to
contribute will know where to make
their donation.
It is our hope that all Saint Lu-
cians Corporate, individual and
organisational will embrace the re-
building effort as a matter of national
service.
We extend our heartfelt condo-
lences to those who have lost loved
ones, and our sympathies to the in-
jured, our encouragement to the
management and staff of St. Jude's
Hospital, and our best wishes to
the government and people of Saint
Lucia.


St. Jude's Hospital, Vieux Fort Saint Lucia destroyed by fire on September 9, 2009


Mr. Michael Mansoor
Chairman of FirstCaribbean
International Bank

In a letter to Prime Minister
King, Mr. Michael Mansoor,
Chairman of FirstCaribbean
International Bank expressed his
heartfelt sympathy on behalf of
the management and employees
of FirstCaribbean across the re-
gion, in the wake of the St. Jude's
Hospital tragedy on September
09, 2009.
FirstCaribbean International Bank
received the news of this dreadful
tragedy at a very personal level, for
it was not a month ago that we had
taken the initiative to lead the ef-
fort to make some enhancements to
the St. Jude's Hospital through our
Community outreach programme.


Page 2.








Saturday September 12, 2009


NATIONAL REVIEW


OPSR Undertakes Private Sector Baseline Study


The European Union through
the Office of Private Sector
Relations (OPSR) has com-
missioned a Baseline Study for St.
Lucia to provide the information
required to complete St. Lucia's as-
sessment of sector budget support
under the 10th European Develop-
ment Found (EDF) in the area of
'Sector Policy and Overall Strate-
gic Framework' and Institutional
and Capacity Development.
For the baseline an enterprise
census and Investment Climate
Survey were carried out in July by
the Central Statistics Office. The
objective of the Economic Census
was to create a comprehensive list
of enterprise to provide frame for
the enterprise activities in St. Lucia.
The basic idea is to create the En-
terprise Address Register contain-
ing structural information about
each enterprise, including (but not
limited to) name, enterprise activ-
ity, location and employment by
sex. This structural information
is central to the collection of enter-
prise statistics because it enables
one to identify and describe more
precisely each enterprise partici-
pation in the economy.


The goal of the investment
climate study (ICS) was to help
improve the environment for do-
ing business in St. Lucia, thereby
fostering private sector devel-
opment that contributes to sus-
tained poverty reduction.
The result of the 2009 Enter-
prise Census shows that there are
over 7,400 enterprises, employing
approximately 42,000 persons.
Out of the 7,400 establishments
recorded 5,600 are small scale
enterprises (76%) (i.e. employing
less than five persons). The large
establishments account for 24 per-
cent. It is not surprising that the
Castries Suburb and Gros Islet
have the highest number of for-
mal establishment, while Canar-
ies have no formal employment.
It is important to note that this
census is based on the informa-
tion from the enterprises operat-
ing from fixed locations, and does
not include itinerant enterprises
(mobile enterprises i.e. hawkers
and selling along road sites), sub-
sistence's farmers & fishermen,
and own account enterprises
operated from households. The
2008 Survey on Household Un-


incorporated Enterprises & In-
formal Sector conducted by the
CSO revealed that there are total
of 71,151 persons employed in
the country for both formal and
informal sectors. The Enterprise
Census results showed that about
60% of the total employment is in
the private sector.
Castries combined (Metro,
Suburb and Rural) have the high-
est proportion of establishment
(47%), and also had the highest
proportion of employment 45 %
compared to 17 % in Vieux Fort
and 12 % in Gros Islet. Anse La
Raye and Canaries have the low-
est number of establishment (3%
& 1% respectively) and also of-
fers the least opportunities for
employment 5% and about 1%
respectively.
The three leading economic ac-
tivities in the country are as fol-
lows: (1) Distributive trade, with
2,478 establishments representing
34 percent of the total employment;
(2) Hotel Restaurants and Bars,
with 1,645 establishments repre-
senting 15 percent of total employ-
ment and (3) Manufacturing, with
653 establishments representing
9.8 percent of total employment.
In examining the issue of es-
tablishment ownership, over 77
% (5,758) of the establishment
are owned by individuals (Indi-
vidual Proprietor) of which 56%
are owned by women (3,251) and
44% are owned by men (2,507).
Majority of these enterprises
are operated by the proprietors
themselves.
St. Lucia continues to be ranked
first among Caribbean countries in
the World Bank's Doing Business
Indicators. St. Lucia has a reputa-
tion for excellent macroeconomic
management, modest inflation,


and moderate rapid growth. Oth-
ers aspects of the Investment Cli-
mate also appear favorable. Firms
complain little about many areas
of the investment climate, such
as regulation and infrastructure,
and objective indicators usually
confirm that St. Lucia compares
favorably with other middle in-
come economies in these respects.
Although firms have concerns in
other areas such as corruption,
taxation, and macroeconomic in-
stability, St. Lucia often compares
favorably with other OECS (Or-
ganization of Eastern Caribbean
States) economies and high per-
forming middle income econo-
mies in these areas as well.
Despite having a relatively at-
tractive investment climate, firms
in St. Lucia are not highly competi-
tive. Both labor productivity and
total factor productivity are low
compared to the best performing
middle-income economies, few
firms export, and domestic firms
sell a large share of their output to
the Government. Given that with
a few exceptions, most notable
worker skills and education, the
investment climate appears favor-
able, this suggests that structural
problems (e.g., the small size and
remoteness of the economy and the
macroeconomic effects of tourism
on the rest of the economy) prob-
ably play an important role in lim-
iting competition.
The investment climate assess-
ment asks enterprise managers to
rate how great an obstacle various
areas of the investment climate
are to their enterprise's opera-
tions and growth. For each area,
we calculate the percent of firms
that rated each area as a very se-
vere or major obstacle. One in-
teresting feature of the St. Lucian
data is that relatively few firms


rated the constraints as major or
very severe obstacles. Only about
33 percent of firms rated the big-
gest constraint, crime, as a serious
problem and most obstacles were
rated as a serious concern by less
than one in five enterprises. This
is far lower than in most countries.
Although it is difficult to compare
perception based measures across
countries, this suggests that en-
terprise managers are not overly
concerned about any area of the
investment climate.
Another feature of the data is
that six areas of the investment
climate: crime, theft and disorder,
tax rates, cost of financing (inter-
est rate), custom and trade regula-
tions, skills and education of the
available workers, and tax admin-
istration, stand out as particu-
lar problems. Between 20 and 33
percent of enterprises rated each
of these areas as major problems,
compared to less than 20 percent
for all other areas.
Firms had few complaints
about most other areas of the in-
vestment climate. Few firms rated
infrastructure, regulation, corrup-
tion or the court system as serious
obstacles. The objective indica-
tors are generally consistent with
these perception-based measures.
Most firm believe that courts are
able to enforce property rights
and court cases appear to be re-
solved relatively quickly. Losses
due to power outages are modest.
Tax rates are low and have been
declining over time. Burden of
regulation is not particularly low,
and is comparable to most mid-
dle income countries. In sum-
mary, the objective indicators are
consistent with firm perceptions
on most other areas of the invest-
ment climate; St. Lucia appears to
perform relatively well.


REMEMBERING SIR JOHN


Conutined from page 1
When it came to the undi-
luted politics Sir John stood
a cut above the rest. He had
the remarkable gift and abil-
ity to rise above the fray as
it were, and to engage in the
"high politics" (which relates
to the clear threats to a nation
whether it is of an economic,
social or its perceived implica-
tions of sovereignty and "low
politics" (that which attracted
petty partisan quarrels, wild
accusations, the fueling of
hostility and inflammatory
parliamentary language and
the adrenaline rush to fuel un-
rest and uneasiness by incit-
ing demonstrations merely to
gain cheap political mileage).
When all is said and done
Sir John did it his way in
a manner captured by Sir


Dwight Venner that reflects "vi-
sion, tenacity, sensitivity, kind-
ness, passion and common sense
of a truly remarkable human be-
ing". "He has been by far based
on performance, one of the most
outstanding ministers of finance


l
The soul of a legend will live forever

in the Caribbean". vidual has not started living un- all that you have endeavored
Still he can rise above the narrow to do for the betterment of
He was an engineer and an ar-
chitect of St. Lucia's development individualistic concerns of his Saint Lucia. May God's guid-
butabove allhewas community narrow confines to the broader ance and blessing lie gently
but above all he was a community
man and embraced the broader concerns of all humanity". upon you and your family?
humanistic appeals of Dr. Mar- Sir John, our proud son and All of Saint Lucia salutes
tin Luther King Jr, that "an indi- our hero, we love and appreciate you.


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OPRS facilitates seminar on baseline study








NATIONAL REVIEW


Saturday September 12, 2009


Honourable Rufus Bous-
quet, Minister for Exter-
nal Affairs, International
Trade and Investment, signed an
Agreement between the Govern-
ment of the Republic of China
(Taiwan) and the Government of
Saint Lucia on ICDF Volunteers
with his Taiwanese counterpart
H. E. Ambassador Francisco Ou
in Taipei, Taiwan on 1st Septem-
ber. It lays the legal foundation
for the International Coopera-
tion and Development Fund in
Taiwan to dispatch volunteers as
requested by the Government of
Saint Lucia.
H. E. Ma Ying-jeou, President
of the Republic of China (Tai-
wan), met with Minister Bous-
quet and his delegation on the
afternoon of 1st September. He
commented that over the past
two years since the two countries
resumed diplomatic ties, sig-
nificant progress has been seen
in agricultural and computer-
related cooperation projects. The
president acknowledged with
deep appreciation Saint Lucia's
donation of US$100,000 in the
wake of the disaster caused by
Typhoon Morakot, adding that
the people of Taiwan will always


remember this friendly gesture.
President Ma also said that in
the course of the ROC's quest to
participate in international orga-
nizations, Saint Lucia has spoken
on behalf of Taiwan on many oc-
casions. He stated that the sup-
port of Saint Lucia was a major
reason why Taiwan was able to
attend this year's World Health
Assembly as an observer, and
specially thanked Saint Lucia in
that regard.
President Ma also remarked
that while Saint Lucia has a
population of only 170,000, it has
produced two Nobel Prize laure-
ates, which attests to the excel-
lent education and unique train-
ing provided to students in that
country. The president said that
in addition to the existing agri-
culture and information technol-
ogy cooperation projects, the
ROC is pleased to share its devel-
opmental experience with Saint
Lucia in a variety of national and
community development proj-
ects. He stressed that interaction
and cooperation between the two
countries will not be adversely
impacted by improvement in
relations between Taiwan and
mainland China.


(Right) Hon. Rufus Bousquet, (Center) H. E. Ma Ying-jeou, President of the R.O.C. (Taiwan)
(left) Mrs. Farida Bousquet


Rather, President Ma said that
he hopes to see cooperative rela-
tions between Taiwan and Saint
Lucia be further expanded in the
future.
Minister Bousquet, on behalf of
Prime Minister Stephenson King,
expressed his sympathies to Tai-
wan in relation to the August 8
disaster here. He said that the
people of Saint Lucia are deeply


moved by the many efforts
made by the ROC over the years
to assist in his nation's develop-
ment, adding that the people of
his country are willing to lend
support to the people of Taiwan
in their hour of need. In the fu-
ture, Saint Lucia will continue
to support Taiwan's participa-
tion in the international com-
munity, he said. Minister Bous-


quet also expressed his hopes
that cooperation between the two
countries will become even more
comprehensive, helping to forge
even closer relations and a stron-
ger alliance in the future.
It was the first time for Minister
Bousquet to lead a delegation to
visit Taiwan from 30th August to
4th September in the capacity of
the Minister for External Affairs.


Plant Tissue Cu!!ItuItlE La1boratory] Open*J Certm


The opening of the Plant Tis-
sue Culture Laboratory at
union on Wednesday 2nd
September 2009 marks a mile-
stone in our history and symbol-
izes the resilience of our govern-
ment and people in the face of the
current global economic crisis.
Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson
King expressed his heart felt grat-
itude to the Government of the
Republic of China (Taiwan), Am-
bassador Chou and the Taiwan
Technical Mission for financing
this project which is testimony
to their commitment and willing-
ness to contribute to improved
livelihood of all Saint Lucians.
He went further to point out
that the contribution of Agricul-
ture to the local economy over the
past few decades is no secret, and
in particular, the contribution of
the banana industry as the prin-
cipal revenue generator within
the economy, is irrefutable. How-
ever, due to several external
and internal factors the levels
of production and productivity
within the banana industry and
broader agricultural sector have
declined considerably. This elic-
ited the need for policy changes
and strategies for revamping the
ailing sector with a view to devel-
oping a more diversified sector in
a sustainable manner and at the
same time increase the level of
competitiveness of our agricul-
tural products, while addressing
the social ills suffered by those
directly affected by the decline
in the banana industry. Some of
these policies and strategies were
indeed articulated. However,


If
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Saint Lucia's Governor General
H.E. Dame Perlette Louisy
examines a tissue culture sample
very little was achieved during
the tenure of the former adminis-
tration. Perhaps as a consequence
of the absence of a vision for ho-
listic development which exclud-
ed agriculture or the lack of po-
litical will to get the job done?
Today the need for food secu-
rity is more urgent than any oth-
er time in our history given the
status-quo of the global economy.
The question therefore, of how
we are going to tackle not only
this problem of food security but
also the issue of our very big im-
port bill must be addressed in a
very deliberate and enduring
way. So what are we doing in
that regard? We have embarked
on a holistic approach to agricul-
tural development and one area


that must be pursued is that of
the use of science and technology
to modernize our local industry.
Aware of the tremendous leaps
in the area of science and technol-
ogy especially as it relates to agri-
culture and the potential benefits
we can enjoy if we follow strate-
gies that allow and encourage the
introduction of improved tech-
nologies within our agricultural
production system.
Specifically, Biotechnology
which is defined as technological
applications that use biological
organisms or derivatives thereof
to make products is one such
technology that will be used to
revolutionize local agricultural
production. Plant Tissue Culture
which is a biotechnology applica-
tion allows for the mass produc-
tion of planting material that is
superior to conventional planting
material. The use of Plant Tissue
Culture technology locally will
ensure that farmers will have
available top quality planting
material in large quantities lead-
ing to increased yields and rev-
enue and decreased production
costs.
Over five hundred thousand
plants will be produced every
year at this laboratory and the
new modern green-houses that
will be built very soon on these
grounds. Bananas, Orchids,
Yams, Dasheens, Pineapples, An-
thuriums and other plant species
of economic and/or ecological
importance will be produced.
It is William Blake who said
that "what is now proved was


once only imagined" and this
axiom captures the spirit of this
opening ceremony. The fact is, we
will now be producing our plant-
ing material right here in Saint
Lucia and our people will be
the ones doing this work unlike
what obtained under the former
government where hundreds of
thousands of plants produced
via tissue culture were imported
every year from Israel costing
us hundreds of thousands of US
dollars.
In conclusion, I would like to
again extend many thanks to the
Government of Taiwan for their
generosity and I would also like
to challenge the staff of the Min-
istry of Agriculture to match that
generosity with due diligence
and commitment above the call of
duty and so ensure that we seize
the opportunities presented and
grow from strength to strength.
For his part Ambassador Tom
Chou this opening ceremony as a
historical moment. He explained
that we are witnessing the mod-
ern agricultural technology tak-
ing root in St. Lucia today. The
plant tissue culture is an impor-
tant joint effort project on agri-
cultural diversification between
our two governments, meeting
the challenge of global financial
crisis and food security.
The goal of the tissue cultural
lab is to mass produce orchid,
banana seedlings and other prof-
itable crops in St. Lucia. Among
these crops, orchid is our flag-
ship product. We are planning
to make St. Lucia the kingdom of


butterfly orchid in the Caribbean.
I strongly believe that the image
of the beautiful flower matches
that of St. Lucia, the Helen of the
West. The tourism industry and
farmers will benefit greatly from
the success of the orchid project.
Moreover, we are building two
green houses next to the lab. They
are important parts of the plant
tissue cultural project and will be
completed in October this year.
The green houses will not only
cultivate the valuable seedlings,
but also control the temperature
of the environment and blossom
of the orchids. Those enable us
to enjoy orchid flowers all year
around.
Tissue culture is one of our ag-
ricultural joint efforts in St. Lucia.
Other efforts include aquaculture,
organic farming and animal pro-
duction. We are in the process to
make Union the capital of mod-
ern agricultural technology of
this island. Your government has
an excellent vision and Taiwan
has a lot of valuable experiences
in agricultural development. To-
gether, we can make St. Lucia a
better place.
Before concluding my short re-
mark, on behalf my government
and the people who suffer badly
from the recent Typhoon Ma-
rokot, I would like to express sin-
cere gratitude to government and
people of St. Lucia for your kind
donation of US$ 100,000 for our
disaster relief effort. Your gen-
erosity has been deeply appreci-
ated by the people in Taiwan.


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Saturday September 12, 2009


NATIONAL REVIEW


The discussion on Policy Formulation for Water Quality Standards continues


We Saint Lucians are
very fortunate. We live
on an island, and that
means we are surrounded by wa-
ter: the sea. Also, the mountain-
ous nature of the island, as well as
the fact that we are located in the
tropics, has resulted in the island
having a number of streams, riv-
ers and waterfalls. These streams
and rivers have from the begin-
ning provided us with the water
necessary to run our homes: to
drink, cook, wash and clean. The
water available from our pipes in
our homes is called potable water.
Potable water, or drinking water
as it is more commonly known, is
actually water of sufficiently high
quality that can be consumed or
used without risk of immediate
or long-term harm to us humans.
However, we will NOT be fo-
cusing on drinking water for the
purposes of this article. Instead


we will be discussing recre-
ational waters: these are waters
that we play in, fish in, swim in,
and bathe in. These recreational
waters include our rivers, water-
falls and the sea. Because we are
in physical contact with the wa-
ter, we have to ensure that these
waters are safe enough for us to
recreate.
Poor water quality can have a
negative impact on our health.
What causes poor water quality?
A number of activities can re-
sult in poor water quality. One
is the improper disposal of litter
and garbage. Garbage in water
makes the water unappealing for
us to bathe or swim in. Garbage
can also have a negative impact
on animals that live in the wa-
ter. We know that turtles often
mistake plastic bags for jelly-
fish. Once eaten, the plastic bags
choke the turtles making it diffi-


cult for them to breathe and they
often die.
Another form of pollution is
sewage. Sewage is waste associ-
ated with humans and/or ani-
mals and, when in high concen-
trations in waters, can result in a
number of ailments including ear
infections, diarrhea and stomach
aches. High sewage concentra-
tions can often result in the death
of fish and their associated habi-
tats, such as coral reefs, that re-
quire clean waters to survive.
Some chemicals found in fertil-
izers, pesticides and detergents
are also regarded as pollutants
when present in high concentra-
tion. These chemicals or nutri-
ents as they are referred to result
in what is known as algal blooms
that 'suck' up all the oxygen in
the water resulting in green or
grey-coloured water. Again, this
impacts negatively on organisms


that live in these waters such as
fish, and it makes the waters un-
appealing for humans to bathe in
and can impact negatively on hu-
man health.
The final pollutant to be dis-
cussed is sediment. This pol-
lutant is often associated with
poor land-use practices where
exposed soil, after heavy rainfall,
is carried into streams, rivers and
finally, the sea. Sediments cause
discoloration of water and often
result in the death of the animals
that live in the water or the de-
struction of their habitats.
The Government of Saint
Lucia through the Ministry of
Physical Development, Environ-
ment and Housing, has received
funding for the development
of a national recreational water
quality standard. Two consul-
tations have been planned with
key stakeholders for August


and September, in the North
and South of the island respec-
tively, to discuss the standard.
Recreational water quality stan-
dards, if properly implemented,
should control the amount of
waste that is allowed to enter
the island's waterways, reducing
the incidence of ailments associ-
ated with poor water quality and
habitat destruction.
The draft Guidelines for Recre-
ational Water Quality document
is available online at www.slbs.
org.lc.
For more information on the
national recreational water qual-
ity standard development pro-
cess, please feel free to contact the
Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards
or the Sustainable Development
and Environment Section of the
Ministry of Physical Develop-
ment Environment and Housing.


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he constituency of Anse La
Raye Canaries has been a
constituency of much neglect
in the past. I vowed that I would
make a fundamental difference by
providing quality and committed
representation that would bring
about an improvement in the lives
of my constituents.
There are significant challeng-
es added to the fact that my con-
stituency has been burdened as
the poorest on the entire island.
The Member of Parliament Hon.
Keith Mondesir is of the firm be-
lief that education must be one of
the key approaches to addressing
and reversing the current situa-
tion.
Consequent upon this a seri-
ous education initiative for ca-
pacity building has started with
five computer centers in Anse
La Raye Primary School, Canar-
ies Infant School, Millet Primary
School, in Bois Den and another
to be placed at the Jackmel Com-
munity Centre.
The computers are not only for
students but are to be accessed by
adults and the wider community
in the evening. There is collabora-
tion with the Ministry of Educa-
tion as the centers are stat of the
art numbering twenty computers
at a time.
We have undertaken a lot of
infrastructural development ini-
tiatives such as foot paths, re-
taining walls, drainage works,
road development, human re-
source centers, health centers,
etc throughout the constituency.
These projects have been sup-
ported by the Embassy of Repub-
lic of China (Taiwan) which must
come in for special praise and
commendation. Ambassador H.
E. Tom Chou is working tirelessly
to help us achieve the goals and
objectives that we told the people
of this country that we would de-
liver to bring about meaningful
changes in their lives.
The constituency beautification
programme provides an oppor-
tunity for a large number of in-
dividuals to eke out an existence
at various periods. Such an un-
dertaking provides much needed
economic relief. In the process
our environment and road sides
remain clean and beautiful.
Project initiatives within the
constituency are as follows:
*Human Resource Develop-
ment Center in Millet


Saturday September 12, 2009


One of five IT Centres in Anse La Raye/Canaries


c.: o D ... -- Development of Anse La Raye Fisheries
Construction of Drains Construction of walkway for double amputee Complex and Jetty


* A new health Center in the
Vanner
* Agricultural programmes in
the agricultural belt of the
constituency i.e. Roseau, Mil-
let, Venus area: seedlings and
other agricultural imputs
were provided to farmers at a
reasonable rate
* In the Roseau area walk ways
and bus shelters have been
constructed and we are now
in the process of developing
a wash room facility which is
long over due. For the past de-
cade this has been neglected
and a facility costing approxi-
mately EC$$45,000.00 is in
progress.
* A computer center in Bois
Den
* Rehabilitation of the road
from Jackmel to Morne Ciseau
from Kuwaiti Funds which
will include drainage works


and proper surfacing so that
the mini bus drivers and the
residents will have a properly
constructed road for the first
time.
* A new fishing complex in
Anse La Raye costing approxi-
mately EC$9 million.
* A day care center coming on
stream in Anse La Raye cost-
ing in excess of EC$700,000.00
* Toilet/ Bathroom to be con-
structed in Roseau
* Water Project is on the way
with UN funds costing EC$6
million. This is expected to
seriously address the water
problems of Anse La Raye
which has caused the people
so much pain. A French com-
pany has been contracted to
do the works and the consul-
tants have been appointed to
see the project through. Pipes
will be laid in the new hous-


ing areas to bring relief to the
people.
* A new human resource centre
is being constructed because it
was felt that the old one is not
structurally suited for the new
waterfront development of the
village.
* A new health centre is to be
built in Anse La Raye as plans
are already advanced in rela-
tion to this project.
* In Anse La Verde numerous
foot paths have been con-
structed and an agricultural
project is on the way to assist
farmer in growing new variet-
ies of cassava, to replace what
is coming out of Guyana.
* In Canaries we have linked
the upper areas of Flora Villa
to the village by a network of
beautiful walk ways. This has
been the wish of politicians
from the time of Mr. Kenneth


Foster from 1974. This has
been accomplished now since
your humble servant has taken
over the proper representation
of the people of Anse La Raye/
Canaries.
* The entire waterfront has
been reconstructed in the area
where the fishermen occupy so
that they can store their equip-
ment, repair their nets and en-
gage in social intercourse.
* A new wash room facility in
the Flora Villa area is soon to
be constructed.
* The construction of a washing
and toilet facility in Belvedere,
Canaries.
The future of Anse La Raye/
Canaries cannot escape the tour-
ism element to enhance the Sea
Food Friday's and the Canaries
Coal Pot Fiesta. Consequently we
will position the constituency to
harness its resources and poten-


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Road Rehabilitation Projects


Human Resource Development Centre at Tete Chemen, Millet


Wash Room and Toilet Facility at Belvedere, Canaries


Health Centre at Vanard


Change Rooms and Storage Facilities for Fishermen in Canaries


tial to develop along the lines of
Heritage Villages to attract visi-
tors so that we can get a bigger
slice of the tourism pie, as visitors
make their way to Soufriere.
In this regard we will keep and
improve the characteristic, archi-
tecture and ambience of Anse La
Raye/ Canaries so that the vil-
lages will become a must stop for
both local residents and visitors
alike.
In the Roseau we intend to re-
locate the residents and develop
a tourism arcade complex. The
development of such a facility
will attract entrepreneurship for
the people as well as to capital-
ize on the history of the area from
its rum and sugar days. It must
be incorporated with the distill-
ery in the vicinity of the area to
create employment and promote
development.


The village square in Canaries
is being renovated to add to the
attraction of the village for locals
and visitors. The old church will
be purchased and converted into
a museum and art gallery.
The lands above the cemetery
in Canaries have been purchased
to develop housing for the local
people and the returning nation-
als from the UK and the USA. To
this end the Village Council and
the Canaries Improvement As-
sociation will dialogue and in-
terface with the Diaspora Unit of
the Office of the Prime Minister's
Office, headed by Ambassador
Dr. June Soomer, to coordinate
our home coming activities and
celebrations to encourage our St.
Lucians overseas to come home
to invest for further grow and
development the constituency.
The expansion and develop-
ment of the Canaries waterfront


is critical to the further enhance-
ment of the village. This will
involve the removal of a row of
houses and naturally the reloca-
tion of some individuals.
The provision of walk ways
to residential areas has not only
provided better access for resi-
dence but it has also improved
the value of the real estate of their
property.
This is what we consider true
representation and progress for
an area and people that has been
so deprived for so long. We are
pushing ahead with education
programmes and initiatives and
this is why we have made com-
puters available, so that every
single child going to school with-
in Anse La Raye/ Canaries will
have access to a computer. That
is an important mild stone and
is clearly in keeping within the
dream and vision of our distin-


guished Prime Minister for every
child in St. Lucia to have access to
a computer.
Two scholarships of EC$1000.00
each have been granted to two
students male and female by the
District Representative. These
students did exceptionally well
in the CXC Examinations.
The male student who attend-
ed the Soufriere Comprehen-
sive Secondary School has eight
gradel's with four distinctions
while the female has eight grade
l's with five distinctions from, the
Castries Comprehensive Second-
ary School.
The Chamber of Commerce in
Martinique has been approach
with keen interest to set up shop
inAnse La Raye/Canaries to serve
as a gate way for French goods
to enter the OECS and wider re-
gion. This will serve to provided


a much needed economic boost
to the constituency and go a long
way in reversing the deprivation
in that part of the island.
The Jackmel area has been in-
dentified as one such area to be
transformed into an industrial
zone. A delegation from the con-
stituency has gone to Martinique
to further negotiations and there
has also been a return leg of that
dialogue where the Martinique
Chamber of Commerce has been
to Anse La Raye twice.
The Member of Parliament
wishes to thank all his constitu-
ents for the support strength,
courage and guidance that they
have given him in the quest to
develop and transform the land-
scape of the constituency along
with the dreams and aspirations
of the people who live in that
precious and wonderful part of
St. Lucia.


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Saturday September 12, 2009


Inside the ministry


Dr. Keith Mondesir on his farm at Millet


National Review caught up with
the Minister of Health Dr. the Hon
ourable Keith Mondesir on his farm
at Tete Chemen, Millet where he was
engaging in his past time of farming
and recreation. From his piggery to
the vegetable garden the minister
seem to move with comfortable ease
as he engaged us on matters relating
to his portfolio.
The Ministry of Health he ex
plained, undertook renovations of
just about every single health center
on the island to facilitate and en
hance a better working environment.
Additionally we have improved on
the doctor's time at the health centre
to deal with the frequent complains
which prevailed in the past of doc
tors spending two or three hours try
ing to serve eighty to ninety people.
That did not provide the type of con
fidence in the health services and it
led to over crowding and mounting
complains.
mWe have seen the wisdom and vi
sion of extending full time contracts
to the doctors so that they will spend
a full day at the health centers or
wellness centers. As a government
we are very concerned about the
people getting the best health care
possible hence we are going the ex
tra mile as provide home visits from
the doctors.
The diagnostic capabilities of the
health services have been improved
significantly with equipment to do
the kind of analysis that gives us
quicker and better results especially
in regard to kidney failure. We have
a machine that tells us how the pa
tient managed their diabetes over
the last few months. There are nu
merous times that patients say that
they are taking their medication only
to find out that they are neglecting
their treatment and by the time they
come to the wellness centers a lot of
damage is done and it poses an addi
tional challenge and resources to get
them back on track.
There is a greater emphasis on
public community health services
mindful that primary heath care is at
the focal point of our health services
strategy, in view of the widely ac
cepted view that prevention is better
than cure.
The Soufriere hospital is under
going a major expansion to provide
some of the services that should
have been offered but were not pre
viously done. With the assistance of
the Government of Saint Lucia and


the Pan American Health Organiza
tion new equipment will be added to
complement the services at the Sou
friere Hospital.
This will include upgrading the
laboratory services to allow the lab
technician to function properly as
currently no lab work is being done
in Soufriere. There is a physiothera
pist but not therapy is being done at
the moment. In the maternity divi
sion there are two midwives neither
of whom are delivering babies but
are taking of about fifty babies from
parents who have given birth else
where but return for post natal care.
We have the capability of delivering
babies safely in Soufriere and such
an important health service must be
remedied with a fierce urgency.
The issue of the services of mid-
wives is of critical importance as
we all know a mother and daughter
lost their lives in Soufriere under
the watch of the last administration.
That is a shameful situation that
must never be repeated.
Soufriere Hospital must have a
functioning emergency department
in view of the vital role of Soufriere
as a tourism Mecca where the bulk
of visitors go to. Therefore the health
services in Soufriere must be that
which is beyond what a health cen
ter provides. It is important to factor
in the drawing areas around Soufri
ere such as Canaries, Choiseul and
other small pockets of communities.
In that regard further expansion is
scheduled for the next phase of the
improvement of the hospital.
As a result of the new health facil
ities of the mental and general hos
pitals we have jolted our accelerated
health plan (a five to ten year plan)
prior to these facilities becoming ful
ly operational. We now have a thirty
six month plan in preparation for the
opening of the general hospital.
These new health facilities require
proper operational mechanisms and
strategies. There are programs in
place for the mental hospital such
as a community based mental health
care system and we are very success
ful at it as it is clear from the reviews
we have gotten from our health care
colleagues in the region places us
ahead of the pack.
Having received a state of the art
mental health facility from the Re
public of China (Taiwan) we have
attracted visits from the Minister of
health in Guyana and a delegation
from Dalhousie University who are


most impressed. Dalhousie has indi
cated that they will incorporate in the
Canadian system, some of the lead
initiatives that we are undertaking in
our community health program.
St. Lucia under this government is
proud to be in the forefront of men
tal health delivery services mindful
that there was so much neglect previ
ously regarding mental health. Last
week Sunday the Ministry of Health
launched the education component
of the mental health program to ad
dress the issues of stigma and dis
crimination.
There must be a clear different
tiation between mental health and
mental problems. The former is an
integral part of the health system
whiles the latter include depression
and other forms of mental concerns
and issues and is not merely attrib
uted only to mad people. Therefore
a holistic approach must be the ba
sis upon which we deal with mental
health issues.
The community mental health ini
tiative has reduced over one hundred
and sixty mental patients to a little
over ninety patients now. There has
been a coordinated reintegration of
treated mental patients into the soci
ety. The success of this program is
due to the healthy coordination with
the police, community health practi
tioners and the wider society.
We are dialoging with the families
of those patients released and this
is supported by professional health
care services to ensure that these
individuals take their medication on
time.
One of the main aims of the Min
istry of Health is to improve the over
all on the diagnostic capabilities of
the entire health care system. Im
proper diagnosis naturally leads to
improper treatment. The government
is committed to improving equip
ment at the various health care and
wellness centers. This includes: (1)
The physical health plant (infra
structural development); (2) Ad
dressing the issues of dialysis is
sues by adding more machines; (3)
School dental programme; (4) New
hospital will be commissioned in 36
months; (5) More specialized train
ing for doctors; (6) Enhancing diag
nostic capabilities and mental health
services and (7) Restructuring of the
entire health ministry.
Given the amount of real estate
that the ministry of health has under
its jurisdiction (hospitals, health cen


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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mr. Felix St. Hill


ters, offices etc) there was no central
ized structured maintenance depart
ment. Doors were falling apart, roofs
were leaking because it took so long
before a contractor was called in to
address such simple matters, and this
led to the rapid deterioration of the
various heath plants.
Maintenance also includes the
equipment at the hospitals and health
centers. Our vision for the health
sector now involves a central main
tenance structure that deals with bio
medical maintenance as well.
The friendly governments of Mex
ico, Brazil, Canada and France are
assisting us in training of our health
personnel.
In the area of Gender Relations the
ministry is moving speedily to access
a new transit home for the care and
protection of young children some
where close to the Uptown Gardens.
It is not intended to be a permanent
residence but a place that will take
in the children for a period of eight
to ten months after which they will
be reintegrated with their families.
The program includes counseling for
both parents and children to assist in
uniting the family.
On the aspect of human services
there has been a significant increase


in the allowances to the indigent
since this government has assumed
the reigns of power. Most certainly
there will be constant assessment
and review of this and periodic in
crements will be made to reflect the
country's financial capabilities.
Saint Lucia is now in the forefront
of a new health record system that
makes us the envy of the OECS. This
system is designed to give us the ca
ability to monitor all our patients in
all our various centers of treatment.
Under the diabetic programme
which allows for free medication
it was discovered that some people
go to one health center to get a set
of tablets and then move to another
health center to get another set of
medication. With the implement
tion of the new programme we will
be able to monitor everyone in every
health facility. This will also allow
our health professionals to feed di
agnosis to other international heath
agencies and institutions to assist in
medical solution. There will be ma
jor costs savings from this initiative
as it will perhaps reduce on the need
for numerous consultants.
There is also the added dimen
sion of removing the need for St.
Lucian's who are travelling overseas


for medical treatment, to take along
documents such as x-rays, that are
cumbersome. All they will be given
is a number and the doctor or medi
cal institution overseas will be able
to access the necessary medical re
cords.
This will revolutionize the health
system in the twenty first century. We
are proud of the new system because
we are way advanced in this regard.
There are currently have five test
run stations at the Monchy Health
Center, Victoria Hospital, St. Jude's
Hospital, Barboneau Health Center
and the Gros Islet Polyclinic. A new
computer system is being placed at
all health centers to accommodate
the new system.
It will also assist in dealing with
health threats at the sea and airports
so that we can activate the mecha
nism and alert all heath centers and
medical institutions if there is any
health threat such as the ongoing
H1N1 information will be at our fin
ger tips within minutes. It will give
us the capability for the Epidemiol
ogy Unit at the touch of a button can
determine the exact health profile of
the country at any time.
We will be able to make various


kinds of analysis in terms of the ar
eas where diabetes is more prevalent
for example and it will assist in criti
cally examining areas with health
problems that are not known. Mi
gration patterns might be assessed
in determining health threats as to
whether one came from Martinique,
St. Vincent or Barbados.
There is an ongoing World Bank
supported HIV/AIDS Project which
provides medication free of charge
for patients all over the island in
cluding counseling, testing and all
aspects relating to HIV/AIDS. This
is supported by the National Aids
Program which complements our
HIV Program by providing addition
al support.
At the moment a new senior citi
zens home is being constructed in
Vieux Fort on ten to fifteen acres of
land at a cost of approximately EC$6
Million.
There will be a more therapeutic
out look on this project whereby
people will not just be placed in a
home but there will the opportunity
to engage in gardening, craft and
other recreational pleasures.
This is a clear commitment from
this government that we cannot ne


glect the elderly as they are an im
portant and integral part of our so
city who has laboured before our
time to help lay the foundations of
this country of ours.
The minister was clear in pointing
out that all the activities of this minis
try are undertaken within the brother
role and context of national mobili
zation. He went further to state that
the meaningful progress that we are
making under this government is all
in the effort to develop this country
in a holistic manner for all St. Lu
cian's at home and abroad.
The minister ended on the note
of great thanks and appreciation to
the Government of the Republic of
China (Taiwan) for the significant
contribution that they have given
to St. Lucia in all areas especially
with regard to the health sector. He
went further to convey his sympa
thy to. the people of Taiwan who
are affected by the typhoon. Our
boundless prayers and support are
with the Government and people of
Taiwan at this time of tragedy and
discomfort.


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Deputy Permanent Secretary in

the Ministry of Justice Speaks on

approaches to fighting crime
The Government of Saint Lucia has invested heavily in the forensic laboratory to fight crime, as the
scourge of crime is one of the main societal issues that we are perennially confronted with. Some thing
must be done to take care of those criminals especially those with deviant behavior.
Once someone has committed a crime and that criminal act can be detected this can have a deterrent
effect. One of the key components of the forensic lab is the capability to undertake DNA analysis which
is one of the main tools for dealing with crime detection.
DNA is definitely final so if someone engages in criminality and the DNA evidence can be retrieved,
then we would have taken a bold step in managing crime and certainly go even further to dissuade
many individuals from thinking of criminal activities.
At the moment several persons have been trained and some of the training is ongoing to ensure that
this modern facility is fully functional to address the issues of crime in
a compre- hensive manner.
It must be noted that such a modem facility
as the forensic laboratory places St. Lucia in
a unique position to offer its services to the
region, thereby enabling us to become the
nerve center of forensic investigation in
the region. We most certainly do not
expect every OECS country to invest
in a forensic lab. Having made
such an investment that can serve
the region as a top of the line facil-
ity would enable us in the region to
pull our resources together.
It would also assist in dealing
with all matters of crime beyond
our shores and it will help in put-
ting a handle on crime and most
importantly provide the support-
ing arm of the law as it relates
to legal proceedings in terms of
bringing people to justice and get
convictions.
It is a mile stone for St. Lucia and
it sends a clear signal to criminals
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Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of justice, Mr. Eustace Monrose

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Eustace Monrose


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Ministry of Physical Development Environment
and Housing, Urban Renewal and Local
Government

Drawing Requirements

Each drawing MUST show the following on all
sheets: (a) Title of drawing, (b) Name of the De-
veloper, (c) Location of Development, (d) Postal
address (including Email), (e) All Telephone Num-
bers (including Mobile), (f) Scale of Drawing, (h)
Date of Drawing, (i) Sheet Numbers, (j) Name of
the Designer/Technician, (k) Postal address (includ-
ing Email), (1) All Telephone Numbers (including
Mobile)
REMEMBER!!! (1) Keep within your Approved
Setbacks. Setbacks promote privacy, allow light
between buildings, facilitates the circulation of air
between buildings, accommodate sewerage dis-
posal infrastructure and drains.
Set backs vary according to lot sizes and are tak-
en from the further projection of a building to the
boundary.


Side Setbacks (standard)

Lot sizes range from:
0 3000 sq ft 4 ft min
3001 7000 sq ft 6 ft min
7001 sq ft and above 8 ft min
Note: 1 ft must be added to standard
each additional floor of building.


setback for


Rear Setbacks 8 ft min.
Front Setbacks these vary according to category
of road

Categories of Access

10 ft.Footpath 10 ft min
27 ft. Residential Access 10 ft min
30 ft. Residential Collector 15 ft min
34 ft. Secondary Lane 20 ft min
50 ft. Primary Lane 20 ft min (Residential)
30 ft min (Industrial)

(2) Proper setbacks lead to proper development
(3) Have some consideration for your neighbor
next door.
(4) Incorporate all approved and necessary
drainage systems now!
(5) Do not allow any water to flow unchannelled.
(6) Maintain your drains.
Fees are presently under review and are subject
to change


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There are many misconceptions
about the value added tax system
and how it operates. What are
the most frequently asked ques-
tions about VAT? We have your
answers right here!
What is VAT?
The Value Added Tax system
or VAT as it is commonly known
is a tax on consumption. VAT is
an indirect tax charged on im-
ports and on the added value to
goods and services, supplies by
one business to another or to a fi
nal consumer. VAT is designed to
ensure that consumer spending
is taxed evenly and fairly.
VAT is not a tax on the seller
for it is the buyer who pays the
tax.
VAT will not be an additional
tax, but a replacement for some
existing indirect taxes. It will be a
broad-based, comprehensive and
simplifi ed system of taxation on
transactions.
What is Value Added?
Value Added is the value that
a business adds to its raw mate-
rials or purchases before selling
the good/service. It is the mark
up on the selling price.
How and when is the taxcharged?
VAT will be charged as a per-
centage of the value added to the
good/service at each stage of pro-


duction/distribution. That per-
centage, also known as the VAT
rate, is the standard rate at which
VAT will be charged. This is one
of the policy decisions that will
need careful planning and execu-
tion before it is determined.
How does VAT differ from Con-
sumption Tax (CT)?
Because both VAT and CT are
taxes on consumption, VAT and
CT cannot operate together.
Under the VAT system, tax is
charged only on the value added
at each stage of the production or
supply chain. Any tax that VAT
will replace will cease to exist
when VAT is implemented.
Are there any benefit ts from
changing to a VAT system?
Yes. VAT will improve, simpli-
fy and modernize our tax system.
VAT is a fairer system because
everyone contributes at the same
rate and the treatment is the same
regardless of the consumer.
A VAT will compensate for the
shift in our economy from goods
based to service oriented. VAT
will also provide relief for busi-
nesses that are registered, as they
will be able to set off the VAT they
have paid on purchases, against
the VAT they have charged on
sales. Only the difference is paid
to the government.
Under a VAT System, we ex-


O- PE
HOLISTIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT

Hope Employment Initiatives

SCommunity/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 partici-
pate 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


pect taxpayer compliance to in-
crease while the administrative
cost will reduce.
Who can charge VAT?
In order to charge VAT, a busi-
ness must meet a Threshold. The
threshold will be a determined
minimum sales amount for a
business in one year. These busi-
nesses must register with the
VAT Offi ce. Under the VAT sys-
tem, it is these businesses that are
referred to as the taxpayers.
VAT on Imports
Businesses who import goods
and services will pay the VAT to
the Customs & Excise Depart-
ment at the time of the importa-
tion of the good/service.
VAT on domestic products
Businesses supplying local
goods and services will pay the
VAT to the government at the end
of each monthly tax period. Final
consumers will pay the VAT only
when taxable goods and services
are purchased.
Under a VAT system not
all goods and services will be
charged a tax. Goods and ser-
vices will be classifi ed into three
main categories, namely: Taxable
goods; Zero rated goods and Ex-
empt goods.
Taxable goods and services -
Consumers will be charged a VAT


at the established rate. A VAT-
registered business will charge a
VAT on the sale of taxable goods
and services and pay VAT on its
purchases.
Zero-rated goods and services
- A fi nal consumer will pay VAT
at a rate of zero percent.
Essentially, this means the con-
sumers pays no tax on the item.
A VAT-registered business will
be able to claim a credit for any
VAT paid on inputs.
Exempt goods and services
- No VAT is charged to the con-
sumer. Unlike the zero rated
goods the VAT-registered busi-
ness is not entitled to claim any
input tax credit, on purchases.
It is important to note how-
ever, that when a good or ser-
vice is exempt or zero rated, ev-
eryone consuming the item will
be allowed the same treatment.
This means that no VAT will be
charged, whether the item is pro-
duced locally or imported. Fur-
thermore, VAT will be charged
only on goods consumed locally.
Items manufactured in Saint Lu-
cia for export will not be taxed.
This enables local producers to
be more competitive in external
markets.
Registration Threshold
All businesses generating tax-
able sales above a certain Thresh-
old will be required to register
for VAT. In this manner the small
businessman will not be bur-
dened by any additional paper-
work or having to comply with
the VAT Law, by making month-
ly tax returns and by having to
charge and collect the tax.


The Personal Development Component (which includes but
not limited to: Life Skills Training; Lifestyles Training; Personal
Finance and Budgeting, etc
The Health Component (which includes but not limited to):
* General check-ups
* Diabetes & hypertensive testing
* Health & Hygiene workshops
* HIV & AIDS workshops
* Eye screening

Identification of Projects for HOPE
Through the use of a standard HOPE Project Proposal Form,
interested persons, organizations, and district representatives
can submit project proposals for consideration to the Techni-
cal Committee which would meet frequently to appraise and
approve projects. This committee will comprise SSDF Board
members, staff and other major stakeholders.

Strategic Partners
* NSDC
* St Lucia Nurses Association
* NCA
* Youth and Sports Department
* St Lucia Chamber of Commerce
* Ministry of Social Transformation
* Town and Village Councils,
* CBO's and NGO's


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Registered Business
A VAT registration certifi cate
will be issued to all registered
businesses, who will be expected
to display it in a prominent loca-
tion at the business premises.
Unregistered businesses
These businesses do not meet
the threshold and cannot charge
VAT on the sales, nor can they
claim from government the VAT
paid on purchases.
How will VAT affect me?
Since VAT will replace and re-
duce the number of indirect taxes
on goods and services, oftentimes
the final price of these goods
and services will be reduced.
The prices of goods and services
which currently have little or no
taxes may to increase slightly.
However, in order to not have an
adverse effect on the lives of vul-
nerable groups in society, some
goods will be exempted from
VAT and others will be taxed at
a rate of zero percent. This means
the fi nal consumer will pay no
tax on these purchases.


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