Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre wants to recoup every outstanding penny from a previous arrangement with a private company to purchase 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the Government of Saint Lucia.
The Public Finance Act and the Finance (Administration) Act were contrived to ensure funds, assets and resources controlled by the Government of Saint Lucia are managed effectively and efficiently.
In April 2021, the Government of Saint Lucia paid the company $7 million for these COVID-19 vaccines.
To date, the company has not delivered any COVID-19 vaccines to the government and more than $5 million is still outstanding.
Diligent adherence to the guiding principles rooted in Saint Lucia’s long-established laws governing the management and handling of government resources can prevent loss and limit wastage.
Prime Minister Pierre has confirmed an audit into the arrangement has been completed and will be made public at the appropriate time.
SOURCE: Office of the Prime Minister