Government reveals its 42 achievements since assuming office

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Government reveals its 42 achievements since assuming office
Saint Lucia's Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet with World Bank Country Director Tahseen Sayed in this file photo.
Saint Lucia's Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet with World Bank Country Director Tahseen Sayed in this file photo.
Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet with World Bank Country Director Tahseen Sayed in this file photo.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has outlined 42 “major things” done by the Allen Chastanet-led Administration since assuming office 11 months ago.

The list was published on the OPM’s official Facebook page around midday today, May 11.

1)Reduced Unemployment to 20.1%

2)Secured exports for Bananas to England and France

3)Reopened the Forensic Laboratory

4)Introduced a Tax Amnesty period until 2018

5)Lowered VAT to 12.5%

6)Reduced the cost of Vehicle Licenses by 50% of the increase

7)Freeze on Property Tax for 3 years

8)Target Amnesty on Hospital Bills

9)Doubled the School Transport program

10)Doubled the School Feeding program

11)Appointed a Director of Public Prosecution

12)Commenced work on the Canaries bridge

13)Commenced work on the Thomazo bridge

14)Signing of US$2.6 Billion project in Vieux Fort

15)The establishment of a Hospitality Training School which has already trained 150 young people and placed them in jobs

16)The commencement of the expansion of the cruise ship berth at Pointe Seraphine to accommodate Mega Cruiseships from 2017 onwards

17)Deferral of VAT for manufacturers on imports to improve cash flow

18)Made CIP program more competitive

19)Increased support for farmers by 109%

20)Signed Deal with Ojo Labs in Vieux Fort to establish an Artificial Intelligence Call center in Vieux Fort to employ 100-300 persons

21)Developed a Master development plan for Vieux Fort

22)Developed a Strategic Plan to reopen St Judes Hospital

23)Improved the Home Elderly Care programme

24)Developed a Medium Term Debt Management strategy

25)Training of all Ministers and Senior Government officials in Good Governance. Only Cabinet in the Caribbean where all members are officially Chartered Directors!

26)First ever arrival of Thomson Airlines 787 flight bringing in 300 guests a week

27)Revamped Jazz festival to a Summer Festival to run from May to October

28)Revamped the Tourist board to reduce wastage and bad administration to make operations more efficient and effective

29)Provided support to affected farmers after the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew

30)Introduction of new treatment method for Black Sigatoka disease

31)The commencement of Dennery Watersupply Redevelopment project with support of the Government of Mexico

32)The Forestierre Housing Development

33)Developed a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation of all schools

34)Commencement of Domaine Resort Development in Choiseul

35) Conducted an Islandwide assessment of all bridges and Developed a plan to maintain all bridges

36)Visionary Plans to Redevelop Hewanorra International Airport

37)Commenced work on a National Growth Strategy

38)Commencement of Agricultural Transformation project

39)The exploration of initiatives to reduce energy costs and reduce fossil fuel imports

40)Developed a plan to open the Owen King EU Hospital soon

41) Increased investor confidence

42) First-ever debt management strategy

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  1. Good job Mr job prime minister keep moving forward you have a good vision and a goal. Anyone with a good vision and a plan to execute it is what St Lucia needs. So bravo Mr prime minister. A better visionary.

    (18)(3)

  2. Why not stay with whole truth? Why exaggerate some of those? It is just eleven months.

    For example, confidence is exaggerated because if the DSH project is the major one causing this, it was not started by the UWP. There are problems with the new hotel we made so much noise about recently. More than that is that hotel work for the very large numbers of low wage workers is our new slavery.

    Such work does not give you house and land. You are born poor and you die poor. New slavery.

    (10)(19)

  3. Some of those sound like sound bites from Trump. UWP should avoid creating fake news or any semblance of fake news.

    (12)(21)

    • I agree. By the way, can anyone point out which are the "major" achievements in that list?

      (10)(22)

  4. "Commence work on the Canaries bridge and the Thomazo bridge" This is hilarious; they should also include continue work on the Denery school.

    (7)(11)

  5. I wonder why they leave out the removal of funds from the SLNT and the introduction of a Dolphin Park at Pigeon Point. IT would have been better said if it was the signing of a US 2.6 billion unpopular gambling venture including a causeway to Maria Islet.

    (6)(21)

  6. Government of st.Lucia stop boosting and continue working for st.Lucia cause that's why we put you'll in office, to work for us not to play games

    (10)(19)

  7. Question- has anyone heard or seen any govt agency admit that something they executed (work shop, training, seminar, plan, project) have been UNSUCCESSFUL? or a FAILURE?

    F NO!

    So my take : This is just a list- my kudos is given not by how many was started but how effective or successful they are! I need figures- stats- percentages etc. As far as I am concerned 40 out of those 42 may be a waste of time!

    Real Talk

    (14)(21)

  8. Happy the school bus subsidy is back. More students are regular and punctual at my secondary school. Great Job Mr. PM. Good break for the parents. Keep up the good work!

    (11)(1)

  9. What are chartered directors? What do they have to do regarding knowledge, skills and abilities to be given that title? Then tell us who or which institution issues those accolades and decorates those directors?

    (20)(2)

    • Indeed. What have they ever directed before? Where and when? Have they ever mis-directed since they gained that tittle?

      (15)(5)

  10. Mr. PM, I would like for your government do the same for the Piaye bridge immediately as the Canaries bridge is completed, and also the feeder roads like the Caferierre, Dugard road in Choiseul, it is not too bad but certain troubled spots need some attention for the people to navigate.

    Please give them some consideration.

    (7)(0)

  11. "First ever arrival of Thomson Airlines 787 flight bringing in 300 guests a week" This is a lie.

    Plans for the introduction of the Thomson Airways flight had already been finalized by 2015.

    Neither Labour nor UWP were instrumental in securing that flight. The airline decided to fly to St. Lucia due to the opening of the Royalton which is an affiliated resort of the airline's owner; TUI. The parent company has introduced this flight to serve as a feeder service of British guests.

    I am sick of governments trying to take credit for initiatives which were not of their doing.

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    • that is not a lie. it says the first arrival was this year. introduction is not the same. at least it happened. in the past, there have been introductions to alot of things but no completion. this finally happened so give them credit for bringing it to a conclusion.

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      • You are shooting yourself in the foot. This is especially if the whole thing was initiated more than ELEVEN months ago. That is a no-ball.

        (12)(2)

      • It is still a lie since the conclusion (the date of the inaugural flight) was already determined back in 2015.

        This administration is still being deceitful to give the impression that they were the ones behind bringing the flight to the island.

        (12)(2)

  12. I dont conside replacing adult care givers as creating jobs. One in one out means no change.

    Just the same as saying you will give me a tax break by reducing vat by 2.5% when you dont do a thing about prices of commodities which attract vat. You take me for a couyon lol Im spending the same $600 on groceries monthly for the same bloody items Mr PM

    (17)(4)

  13. PM has fired so many persons than hes employed. We're not blind and they will continue to fire. Eg. Printery, Post offices, Radio St Lucia, Fish Market Co and Marketing board they list will grow.

    (21)(3)

  14. Mi li-look it, take it-pwien.
    You can fool some people sometimes but you can't fool all the people all the time

    (17)(2)

  15. The government has fired more persons than theyve employed. We're not blind and they will continue to fire. Eg. Printery, Post offices, Radio St Lucia, Fish Market Co and Marketing board they list will grow.

    (14)(2)

  16. Either some of the things on here werent done by the UWP or the balance arent considered achievements

    (19)(1)

  17. Wow... only 11 months in office- very impressive. Keep working for the benefit of the country.

    (18)(31)

  18. Ridiculous.

    The government has fired mire than 100 ppl and intends to fire more in the near future. I see number 1 as a Reduction in Unemployment when you havemt contributed to its reduction. All done by the SLP Nb I am not an SLP supporter

    (20)(8)

    • Is it wrong to fire non productive employees. They should fire half the civil service. My tax dollars are not well spent paying the salaries of such lazy people.

      (17)(3)

      • I agree with you BUT you must note that your tax money went toward paying for $1000 a head in training that was available at NSDC. An increase of $800 per person multiply that by 150 lol does your pocket hurt you as yet? Lack of prudent fiscal management. AGREE?

        (8)(1)

        • You are being mischievous like hilliare, as explained the 1000 bucks a head because a stipend was provided as well as transportation money......if you unemployed for years and come from a poor family tellingyou look training without facilitating access to it makes very little sense

          (1)(1)

    • there is alot of dead weight in st. lucia in alot of areas. time to get people that want to work instead of the lazy. you don't keep people employed just for show. you really don't believe what he slp was doing was working do you? of course, unless you are an slp whiner

      (1)(6)

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