PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet officially welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lucia on Thursday evening and also thanked Britain for its continued support to the island.
Following the Prince’s arrival in Saint Lucia on 24th November 2016 and the inspection of the Guard, a very brief ceremony was held at Pointe Seraphine where the Prince was presented with a plaque from the Government and People of Saint Lucia.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet explained the reason for the gift: “Saint Lucia’s relations with Britain remain sound and your visit here today bears testimony to that. If we needed further evidence of our bond with the British we got it in October of 2010 when our country was ravaged by Hurricane Tomas, the strongest weather event to hit out island in most of our lifetimes. Within 48 hours after we were struck by this immense hurricane that left hundreds homeless, the British were on hand to provide assistance. The hardest hit areas of Soufriere and Fond St Jacques benefitted from water, food, medicine and other immediate necessities which were airlifted from the British Battleship HMS Manchester which was anchored off the coast of Soufriere.”
Before making the presentation, the Prime Minister also spoke about some of the challenges small island states face as it relates to Climate Change.
“We are delighted that you have embarked on this historic Caribbean tour and we are even more elated that you have come to Saint Lucia to officially launch the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which focuses on protecting the world’s forests,” noted the PM. “As we continue to develop our island as a tourism destination at the forefront of our minds must always be the protection of our acres of unspoiled rainforest, miles of beaches and our natural waterfalls. Yes, Saint Lucia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. However, we in the Caribbean are also the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme meteorological events. There is no greater example of the effects of Climate Change in the Caribbean than the disaster of what has happened to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.”
The Prime Minister made a call for larger countries to provide an injection of tangible compensation for the Climate Change.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet also invited the Prince to enjoy the splendour that is Saint Lucia and highlighted the opportunity the Prince will have to visit the south of the island.