PM says UWP will deliver on promises

PM says UWP will deliver on promises

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has dismissed suggestions that his new administration will be unable to fulfill its election promises.

One of the more controversial promises was a pledge to eventually eliminate Value Added Tax (VAT).

Chastanet said that the things promised are critical and at the core of the philosophy and ideology of his party.

He stated that the ruling party feels it has to champion the cause of the most vulnerable.

On VAT, Chastanet told the Times that discussions have already been held in regard to the first part of the promise – reducing the tax.

He explained that there were several options available that are currently being examined.

“We have consulted with the central bank and are following up with the Caribbean Development Bank,” Chastanet disclosed.

He revealed that the talks focused on putting together a task force to come here as quickly as possible.

According to the Prime Minister, the task force will review the current financial situation in Saint Lucia.

He said the structure of the cabinet of ministers suggests that the issue of recurrent expenditure is being taken seriously.

The Prime Minister asserted that by the next budget, even further structural changes will be evident.

He told the Times that this would be in order to address the problems being experienced with recurrent expenditure and in particular, debt.

Chastanet spoke of the need to protect the vulnerable.

He said among those persons are the twenty five percent of the population who are unemployed and the disabled.

The Prime Minister said that the public at large appreciates the need to put a safety net in place to be able to deal with those persons.

Chastanet stated that in relation to the waiver of hospital fees, his government will act very quickly on the matter.

“People who are unemployed and people who earn less than a certain sum of money, as well as those who are on the poverty list ought not to pay hospital bills,” the Prime Minister declared.

“I think we are going to expand that programme to also include people who are unemployed and who were earning below a certain level while they were working, to get assistance to send their children to school,” he revealed.

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8 Comments

  1. big time
    June 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm Reply

    We can do it mr pm did not vote for your party but am a st Lucia an failure in not is my lexicon (change is here
    NJ c

  2. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm Reply

    I know you and the members of this government are truly concerned about the people of this country. I for one have every confidence in our present administration and know that you will deliver on those promises. Stay focus on the task at hand and do not be distracted by any negativity.
    All the best PM.

  3. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Thus far i like this man and i do hope that they deliver on their promise. PM must remember what he do will not only affect the country on a whole but both his and his fathers’ businesses. St Lucians needs to be in a position to gain back their spending power. when this happens both PM and his Dad will be smiling because more spending power means that st Lucians can spend more in their business. I vote for the PM because i knew that the survival of his and his dad business depend greatly on the recovery of St Lucia’s economy.therefore he ought to deliver. i have trust in him

  4. Selwyn Birch
    June 19, 2016 at 7:29 am Reply

    St.lucia shall soon learn that running a country is not like running a supermarket.they have gotten rid of a very good prime minister who had a systematic development plan for st.lucia.the dirty image of Dr Anthony created by the seven horsemen in the media worked on the people of this country.time will tell the sweet bait shall soon poisoned them.

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm Reply

      Exactly!!!
      Allen is a little boy on a battle-field 🙂

      But isn’t it odd that one of those horse-men last Thursday stated, that “People” are praying for Chastanet. I found it disturbing since this particular old one, is hardly one who speaks like this. Perhaps he has already had a vision of what is to come and is hoping that somehow, the boy doesn’t descend this nation into total chaos.

      Interesting days ahead.

  5. 666
    June 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm Reply

    To Bro Allen, you’re on the right path.
    http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/economics/treating-poverty-like-an-illness/

  6. Sad-But-True
    June 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm Reply

    You did win the Election on such! So said, so it must be done 🙂
    Hope you are ready for your everlasting fall 🙂

  7. Sad-But-True
    June 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply

    And the average St. Lucian doesn’t understand is that any reduction in VAT is not going to change anything for them. But is going to make businesses richer and increase the price of food items, a reduction in monies that are needed to pay civil servants, a decrease in repairing key infrastructure.

    VAT has helped to regulate and keep food items at a steady affordable rate. And soon, you foolish people will see for yourselves if he touches it, what will happen. Also, many of you with family members employed in the Public service will be sent home. And if NOT, they will have to borrow more to pay themselves and others for sometime (but it is still inevitable.)

    Kai-Tan!!

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