Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has expressed concern over the agriculture and tourism industries, asserting that the former was in a ‘tailspin’.
“Nobody is speaking about what’s happening with the bananas,” the United Workers Party (UWP) leader told reporters on the sidelines of a sitting of the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
Chastanet noted that bananas are important in the agriculture sector’s viability.
Regarding the tourism sector, the former Tourism Minister noted that despite a substantial recovery, Saint Lucia was not back to where it was in 2019.
Chastanet explained that with a reduction in airlift, he believed Saint Lucia would have as good a year this year as in 2022.
However, he told reporters that the tourism sector would not grow substantially.
“I would like to see this government get back on the path of construction – the airport, St. Jude Hospital, the road reconstructions and encouraging private sector people to get more involved in the construction sector,” the former Prime Minister stated.
“The call centres. There’s been a deafening silence. I know that there is more business to be had. I am not hearing anything from this government as it pertains to these issues,” Chastanet declared.
“And again, we started a huge campaign on sports in this country. I am very happy to see how well the kids did at the CARIFTA Games and many of those kids are residents at the Gros Islet Sports Academy. I’d like to see that programme expanded,” the UWP leader told reporters.
“We talked about building a Sports academy in the South with FIFA, so I would like to see some of those issues come up,” Chastanet disclosed.
But he said that the biggest issue is crime.
“And this government I think first has to gain has to gain back the confidence and the credibility of the people of Saint Lucia which starts with holding themselves accountable and the people accountable who are in breach of the law,” Chastanet said.