New York, NY (October 1, 2015) — Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, has arrived home, following a highly successful five-day diplomatic visit to New York City. Among the noteworthy events in which he took part were the United Nations (UN) Summit on the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, attended by over 170 heads of state, and the 70th Session of the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly.
Following his presentation at the UN, which took place on September 26, Prime Minister Anthony interfaced with Saint Lucians of the Diaspora during a town hall-style meeting, held the following evening, in Brooklyn, New York.
Prime Minister Anthony was accompanied at the meeting by Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Alva Baptiste; Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology Hon. Dr. James Fletcher; Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations H.E. Ms. Menissa Rambally, and Consul General Hon. Julian Du Bois.
They were given a warm reception by the crowd, which numbered about three hundred. The audience was treated to performances by Saint Lucia’s Children of Culture, singing sensation Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne, and Saint Lucian-born gospel artist Alcee.
Dr. Anthony opened the session at approximately 6:30 p.m., and covered a variety of subjects, beginning with a report on the Saint Lucian economy. This was followed by discussions on numerous topics of special interest to Saint Lucians: job creation and investment opportunities, the role of overseas-based Saint Lucians in the development of the island, the IMPACS report, and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.
The Saint Lucian leader went on to address a number of developments taking place in the local health sector, to emphasize his government’s commitment in that area. Finally, Dr. Anthony reviewed the “Citizenship by Investment” program, and its potential benefits to the Saint Lucian economy.
The Prime Minister then took questions from those attending. The question-and-answer session continued into the after-reception organized by the Saint Lucia Consulate, despite either he or the members of his delegation having answered every question directed at them during the time allotted.
The meeting ended at approximately 10:30 p.m.