Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has used his maiden address to a Caricom summit to urge the regional grouping to deliver on a better way of life to the people of its member states.
Chastanet, the newest head of government in Caricom, cited the need for the community to find immediate cost-effective solutions in delivering good governance.
Addressing colleague leaders in Guyana, Chastanet asserted that more of the services like the police, education, health care and aviation must be integrated.
“More of our policies and structures that are languishing need to be reviewed or discarded so that new and more effective ones can be put in place,” the Saint Lucia leader declared.
He told colleague leaders that the excuse that progress is hampered by consensus is no longer convincing or acceptable.
Chastanet noted that the recent referendum for Britain to exit the European Union has put the survival of integration into focus.
“Good governance must be at the heart of our reform process” said the Prime Minister.
He also drew attention to the issues limiting tourism growth and promotion.
“The importance of this huge income earner is not reflected in our deliberations and institutions,” Chastanet observed.
He called on the region to develop a world class industry which attracts more than 1.5% of the world’s tourism.
“Have we actually worked out what the potential of tourism is in our region? … We must stop the idea of determining how much we are going to spend on tourism based on what it’s produced,” the former Tourism Minister asserted.
On the issue of de – risking, he made suggestions of attacking it as a region with a joint focused strategy for correspondent banking.
Chastanet also emphasized the need for greater commitment in creating scope for women in leading regional organizations.
The Prime Minister expressed his keenness in making his contribution to the region, stating that “another day in poverty for one of my people, for one of the people in this region is another day that we are failing in our mandate to provide a better life for all”.
He noted that the recent mandate given to him by the people of Saint Lucia was based on a promise to build a prosperous Saint Lucia for the benefit of all.
Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP), won the June 6, 2016 elections here by a margin of 11 to 6.
The Thirty – Seventh meeting of the conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community opened on Monday, 4th July, 2016 in Georgetown Guyana.