Guy Joseph, Saint Lucia’s Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, has accused the former government of not following established procedure in connection with the Constituency Development Programme (CDP).
The 2016 phase of the CDP was officially announced today by Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Ray Mou, in the sum of five million US dollars.
Joseph said the previous Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration did not follow the procedure that they themselves established in identifying the projects under the CDP.
“I had to do a lot of work with the Taiwanese Ambassador and the staff of the Ministry to be able to put the projects together that were actually executed already so that we can finalize the payments,” the Minister asserted.
Joseph expressed gratitude for the cooperation given by the Taiwanese embassy here in order to obtain the money.
He disclosed that a lot of the people have been calling and visiting his ministry trying to obtain money.
“We were hoping that we would have received it before the opening of school, but it did not happen,” Joseph told a ceremony this morning during which the 2016 CDP was announced.
He gave the assurance that the authorities would work speedily to execute the payments.
“There is just one area that we would ask for their cooperation – we suspect that there may be projects under a different heading that may appear on the CDP and we would need to cross-reference some of these projects in order to get this money,” Joseph explained.
He noted that when contractors present themselves, there may be need to verify certain information before payments are finalized.
Joseph said he was aware that some of his cabinet colleagues are very concerned at being unable to execute projects from the first set of disbursements since the previous administration executed the projects.
Nevertheless he observed that the projects are in Saint Lucia and the current administration is grateful for them.