Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has welcomed a new investment into the town of Vieux Fort. Caribbean Grains Flour Mill, which proposes to employ over one hundred (100) persons upon completion, is currently under construction at the Vieux Fort Seaport. According to the Prime Minister, this is a major boost for the south of the island. Dr. Anthony said,
“I welcome this investment, particularly because of the job opportunities it presents now and in the future. Over the years, we have had the challenge of dealing with unemployment in Vieux Fort, particularly as most of our factories have closed and moved overseas on the ground that costs of operation in Saint Lucia are prohibitive. The challenge then has been to find alternatives and to attract investors to the south of the island. Therefore, this is a timely and much appreciated investment in Vieux Fort. For many, it is nostalgic, as a Flour Mill once existed in the same location.
“This is also good news for Saint Lucia, because once fully operational, this would make us self-sufficient in producing flour for our needs.”
During his constituency day on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Prime Minister toured the construction site and was briefed of the current status of the project.
The project currently employs twenty-six (26) individuals, and engages five sub-contractors. Construction commenced in October 2015 and is expected to be completed in July 2016. The investors have expressed a desire to be fully operational by November 2016.