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Pierre’s New Budget Promises To Build Resilience


The Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the financial year 2024-2025, presented by Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Hon Philip J. Pierre on March 26, 2024, confirm that Saint Lucia convincingly surmounted global economic instability, sharp rises in interest rates, record high inflation, stubborn supply chain bottlenecks and the challenges posed by conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.

Prime Minister Pierre leads a skilled and competent cadre of men and women serving in the Cabinet of Ministers, ably supported by trained and experienced technocrats in the public service.

Their collective effort has extended Saint Lucia’s economic gains over the previous financial year and stabilised the government’s fiscal position.

“…this government, as the economic data will show, has done well in managing the economy. Our financial ratios illustrate fiscal prudence and responsibility.” Said Prime Minister Pierre.

At a Glance: FY 2023/24


In the 2023/24 financial year, $1.68 billion in revenue was raised to finance government operations and capital projects.


The 2023/24 Budget ceiling stood at $1.856 billion. Preliminary data up to February 2024 points to the government spending approximately $1.68 billion or an estimated 9.3% below the approved estimates of $1.856 billion.


  • Primary surplus: $104 million ($42 million more than 2022/23 and $62 million more than the approved estimates)
  • Current account surplus: $156 million ($47 million over 2023)
  • Recurrent Account Surplus: $46 million ($39 million over 2023)

The Primary Balance is 1.5% of GDP compared to 1% last year.

Reduced Borrowing

These surpluses demonstrate the prudent fiscal management of the country’s finances.

The government is in a better position to meet its recurrent expenditure and cover, in part, the country’s debt obligations in interest payments and principal payments.

The government averted borrowing to meet some of its recurrent expenditures and is developing the capacity to reduce its level of debt over time.

Closing the Deficit Gap

The government will experience an overall deficit in 2023-2024 of $111 million or $65 million less than last year, confirming the deficit gap is narrowing.

Trimming the Fat

  • Expenditure on Goods and Services

Approved Estimates: $309.9 million

Overall spend: $214 million ($95.9 million less)

The reduction is mainly due to reduced payments for consultancy services related to capital projects and other Government initiatives.

  • Development/Capital Expenditure

Approved Estimates: $302 million

Overall spend: $259.6 million (14% decrease)

Public Sector Projects initiated in 2023-2024 include:

  1. Renewable Energy Sector Development Project
  2. OECS Tourism Competitiveness Project
  3. Community Tourism Project
  4. Disaster Vulnerability and Reduction Project
  5. St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project
  6. Construction of Northern Police Headquarters
  7. Custody Suites

2023/24 Revenue Performance 

“…although we will fall short of our Projected Total Revenue target for 2023-24, revenue collection continues to indicate an upward trend because of increasing economic activity, resulting in improved performance in several revenue areas, notably, personal income tax, taxes on goods and services, and excise tax on petroleum products.” Prime Minister Pierre said.


Loans: $139 million

This amount reflects a strategic utilisation of borrowing to meet critical funding requirements for development projects and infrastructure enhancements.

Treasury bills and Bonds: $82.6 million

This amount demonstrates an approach to using debt instruments to manage liquidity and meet short-to-medium-term financing needs. It includes issuing treasury bills and bonds to raise capital while efficiently maintaining financial stability and market confidence.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed, “2023-2024 was a fiscally well-managed year, setting the platform for an even better year in 2024-2025.”

THE 2024/25 BUDGET PROPOSAL: The Year of Infrastructure

The Prime Minister has made clear the aim and objective of his Administration in the new financial year, which is to “...transform the economy of Saint Lucia through infrastructural development: physical, social, and digital.”

GDP projections for Saint Lucia are encouraging. The Dept of Finance forecasts a 5.8% nominal increase in GDP for 2024/25. The increase in GDP represents $7.3 billion from $6.9 billion over 2023/24.

Investing in Saint Lucia

The Prime Minister has committed/assigned $484.9 million to the Government’s Investment Portfolio. Capital expenditures constitute $298.9 million, or 61.6% of the total Investment Portfolio of the Government.

Prime Minister Pierre’s Government Prioritises Your Needs

“…the foundational theme underlying this government’s strategic initiatives has become an article of faith – Putting People First.” The Prime Minister remarked.

Activated/continuing projects for 2024/25:

  1. Road expansion and repair programmes
  2. School plant rehabilitation
  3. Government plant refurbishment
  4. Construction works at the St Jude Hospital.
  5. The commencement of works on the Soufriere Hospital.
  6. The establishment of the Castries Urban Polyclinic.
  7. The completion of works on the La Resource Wellness Center.
  8. Rehabilitation of sporting facilities, including Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, for readiness to host the ICC Cricket World Cup and the refurbishment of the Vieux Fort Stadium, Mindoo Phillip Park and Marchand Grounds, Bellevue Playing Field, Gros- Islet Playing Fields
  9. National Aquatic Center
  10. Housing development in Roseau, Cas-en-Bas and Choc
  11. Expansion of energy projects – to seek alternatives that will diversify our energy needs and reduce our carbon footprint.
  12. Laborie Market
  13. Rehabilitation of Rudy John Beach Park
  14. Grand Riviere Community Centre
  15. Northern Police Headquarters
  16. Northern Police Auditorium
  17. Completion of Custody Suites
  18. Cul De Sac Community Center
  19. Community Centre for Castries North and Castries East
  20. Completion of Control Tower at HIA
  21. Commencement of terminal Building at HIA
  22. Private Public Sector construction by GPH at Port Castries and Soufriere 23. Canaries Market
  23. Micoud Jetty
  24. Community Tourism Projects
  25. Repairs to Fishing Complexes
  26. Vieux Fort Entertainment Centre
  27. Halls of Justice
  28. Digital Infrastructural Enhancement
  29. Investments in upgrading government services to online platforms

Improving Revenue Collection

Recurrent Revenue inflows are projected to increase by $61.9 million relative to the approved estimates for 2023/24, reaching a total of $1.48 billion for the fiscal year 2024/25.

Compared to the revised estimates or outturn for the preceding year, Recurring Revenue would have increased by $99.6 million or 7.2%.

The increase is expected partly due to expansion in construction activities in both the public and private sectors and the multiplier effect of continued growth in tourism.

Responsible Debt Management 

The Government Debt Strategy is to secure external borrowing on concessionary terms, with $243.8 million to be sourced from Development Partners and the remainder, $64.1 million, sourced from bonds, treasury bills, and notes.

Proper Cash Management  

The government paid contractors in full for the financial year 2023/24. A total of $60 million due to contractors will be used this year, 2024/2025, for new road infrastructural projects. This has been possible through proper cash management by this administration, which paid debts earlier.

Quick Summary: 2024/25 Estimates of Revenue & Expenditure

Recurrent Expenditure – $1.502 billion

  • Capital Expenditure – $298.9 million
  • Interest Payments – $232.5 million
  • Principal Payments – $92.9 million

Total Revenue – $1.576 billion

  • Tax Revenue – $1.330 billion
  • Non-Tax Revenue – $146.80 million
  • Capital Revenue – $2.8 million
  • Grants – $108.0 million

“…enhancing the quality of life of the people and creating opportunities for wealth creation will remain the main objective of government policy.” Said Prime Minister Pierre.

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  1. All well and good but where is the National Theatre for the performance of the arts? where is our flagship university? Notice there is nothing to improve the the progress of the population… nothing that will encourage critical thinking but yet they say they are putting the people first ….it almost seems the government is not putting any money into institutions that will make the people smarter, more progressive and improve critical thinking…..that says a lot…

  2. Thank you, St Lucia Times. I didn’t get to hear the presentation. I see a budget deficit, but it is narrowing.

    It is not uncommon for governments to experience budget deficits, even when they have surpluses in specific accounts. The US does it almost every year.

    The relationship between surpluses and deficits in Saint Lucia is a sign of improving fiscal management. Kudos, PJP!! I am guessing the surplus is used to finance debt. St. Lucia has a history of getting loans to pay loans (debt). Chas even took out loans to pay salaries on more than one occasion.

    Running a primary surplus (revenue minus non-interest expenditure) is considered a good indicator of fiscal health, as it shows that the government can generate enough revenue to cover its daily operations. Also, these are surpluses on certain accounts and deficits on others.

    The report’s best part is the narrowing of the deficit, which suggests that the government’s fiscal policies are moving in the right direction.

    If the global economy does not experience shocks like shipping price increases, war, and so on, PJP is in a good place to realize a balanced budget in a few more years.

  3. Lets hope the smaller roads which are ssssssooooo desperate to be done i.e. Gais Bois Road and many others in the south are resurfaced. The tourists are preferring to stay in our smaller airbnb’s but roads to these are dreadful. All these small airbnb’s bring in revenues that the country and locals need but the government seem to prefer the big hotels WHY?
    The communities are trying to bring in money, airbnb’s, vendors etc etc. Come on PIP open your eyes and see the bigger picture.

  4. Where is the minimum wage that you promise on independence day . I hope that the working class and the poor vote you out in 26 , as your government only represent the interest of the oppressors that fund your political campaigns and party …

  5. A country cannot be born in a day, continue your labor,as you were ‘chosen’,and not ‘select’,and must give an account…

  6. It’s a well calculated Plan and I hope all the work is done on all the projects listed,and all of these are based on slave wages..The surpluses should be shared by implementing a decent wage system to help the workers that will build the projects that are included in this BUDGET..
    Very nicely written, But,and whom do we hold responsible for if the Targets are not met?
    We need solutions and not more Brain washing methods…
    I endorse my personal opinion and Observations..

  7. What exactly is resilience? I asked because the 2022 and 2023 budgets were supposed to build resilience and now the 2024 has to do the same. When exactly will resilience be realized? Will we have to go through a 2025 and 2026 budget still building resilience? Just asking for the many voters and people who were supported to be PUT FIRST.

  8. On the behalf of all workers employees (slaves), the time will come when you all will beg no more”
    Though, tommorow may never comes,or may be too late, when it is their power to act”!
    Do not loose heart,do not let the deceiver deprived from receiving your blessing,keep praying, your rights are before God ⚖️ justice and what is due to each one is in God’s hand ❗
    The sort of ‘errors’ that rises from gouvernement, leaders,rulers, officials,are only rumors,they speak fasely with Captive Words that are useless and worthless ❗


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