Chamber seeks meeting with new PM

The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has written a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, seeking a meeting to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Asked about Chastanet’s declaration that his ruling party will eventually remove Value Added Tax (VAT), the Chamber’s Executive Director, Brian Louisy, said it was an “interesting” proposal.

“We would like to see the details and hear more about it,” Louisy stated.

According to him, the Chamber has always felt that there are some issues in the VAT as it exists, that the private sector body found “bothersome.”

“We have had an ongoing programme of engagement with the Ministry of Finance to look at addressing these issues and we certainly are interested in seeing and hearing how the government’s proposals will unfold,” he asserted.

The Chamber Executive Director said the private sector institution looks forward to working with the government and moving the country forward.

He said he did not see the chamber’s agenda changing, although the board has not met to discuss the situation.

Louisy noted that the organization will continue pushing for an improvement in the business environment.

He felt that that it was absolutely essential that some of the bottlenecks, administrative hurdles and constraints that affect the economy should be addressed.

Louisy observed that unemployment remains an extremely bothersome issue.

He disclosed that the Chamber of Commerce wants to work with the government to bring minds together to find ways to address the matter.

“We think it is a burning issue,” Louisy said.

He noted that another issue of concern related to the process of legislation being enacted, the consultative process and the process of engagement of interested parties.

“We would like to see the procedure of bills being published before, so there is time to view them, make comments and then move forward to the enactment stage,” Louisy observed.




  1. Sad-But-True
    June 10, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Don’t expect much. It doesn’t have a clue.
    Look for better when we return to office to continue building our nation. 🙂

  2. Sad-But-True
    June 10, 2016 at 9:36 am

    But how comes the Chamber of commerce seems to be so secretive as to articulating their areas of concern?
    “Mutual Interest?” Thing is if and when VAT is removed every prices in the supermarkets will increase ten-fold almost overnight. VAT has maintained a steady cost of items across the Board. But the Gwen Party is NOT telling anyone about it.
    Due to VAT, the cost of some items have even reduced.

    He wants to remove it, fine. UWP supporters, you asked for it, then here it is. Be prepared to be Dog-Hunting for food.

  3. Anonymous
    June 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    shut up sad- but- true

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 10, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Prove me wrong, Sir/Madam

  4. Anonymous
    June 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    That’s one of the problem we have here in st lucia because we dont surport a party we often believe that it can’t make any different,we all Do thing different and we all have different idea give the people a break and lets see what happen

  5. Anonymous
    June 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Please remember our new pm hates mediocrity so everyone, everyone will need to up their game.