Chastanet: Caricom irrelevant to the US?

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has asserted that Caricom needs to speak with a unified voice.

While noting that Saint Lucia completely supports the United States and cherishes a lot of that country’s values, Chastanet told the Times that by not speaking with one voice, Caricom has marginalized itself.

“We have become irrelevant,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister asserted.

Chastanet said he was disappointed that the Caribbean was not at a meeting in Ottawa between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

He explained that there has been a long-standing agreement called – the Three Borders.

According to the PM, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada share borders with the United States and have always had preferential treatment from the United States.

But he observed that the Caribbean was not represented at the Ottawa meeting.

“The fact that we were not at that meeting, the fact that a lot of the things that were given to us initially that gave us an advantage we have lost and when we look at the amount of money that is being spent in the Caribbean in expectation they have for us to be able to provide proper security in this region is insufficient,” Chastanet told the Times in an exclusive interview.

He noted that added to that, is the situation that is taking place with correspondent banking.

According to Chastanet, that is a potential crisis in the making.

He expressed the view Caricom heads of government at their last meeting in Guyana, recognized the need to speak with one voice not only on the banking issue, but a lot of others as well.

“We need to take responsibility and engage the US in a different way, which means that all of us need to do more lobbying, become more familiar with the American political system, more familiar with state politics – meaning Governors, Senators and Congressmen, as well as on a national basis,” Chastanet explained.

He said that more importantly there are a lot of businesses, including cruise lines,  that need to be engaged to ensure that there are favourable policies towards allowing the Caribbean to grow.


  1. Anonymous
    July 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    When this mate stop putting his foot in his mouth….

    1. karen
      July 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      After you pull your head out of your backside.

      1. Sad-But-True
        July 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

        So you are admitting Chastanet is an a$$!

  2. 666
    July 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    The Caribbean was important to the Yanks because of Cuba’s involvement with the Soviet Union. After the fall of the USSR, we became totally irrelevant!

  3. smh
    July 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Who will tell the PM to take it easy. And i need to know when the cruise ship will replace NICE becuase i have to make arrangement for my kids. I hope he has full time nanny for parents when we are out on ship for 6 months.

  4. The Crow
    July 24, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Why is this guy so cantankerous? Everything that comes out of his mouth is adversarial. It is now two months and not one job has been created (except the ones for the boys and girls). Gas prices going up! People have lost income (Nice, SMILE, etc)! No money to purchase books and uniforms! Or does he really care?

  5. Anon1
    July 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Preferential treatment! Which part?

    I’ll tell when the US will start giving preferential treatment to the Caribbean again.

    When terrorism it’s the USs sures via the Caribbean that’s when.

    And 666s’ comment is spot on.

    Let’s not fool ourselves in believing the US is providing Training & Ammunition (not SLU) to Caribbean states so that they can police their populous.

    The true of the matter is they provide training to help prevent terrorist arriving to the US via the Caribbean.

  6. Anon1
    July 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Let’s open up dialogue with Putin regarding training RSPF see how the US will change their tune.

  7. Alex Smith Rex
    August 9, 2016 at 2:58 am

    I recently spoke with a personnel in his office for international relations, the guy was very adversarial even after I explained myself to him nicely and a calm manner.The St. Lucian government is making many mistakes, they are flipping real estate without considering economic cost and opportunity cost.I told the education ministry needs to do its research on colleges operating in the country, and how to avoid traps, he still was thinking I was pestering him than seeking his knowledge and help, the benefits would be for the st Lucian people, not myself,friends or family.Also I told to prepare for major disaster issues, he did not seem to care.