Guy Joseph: Previous government did not follow CDP procedure

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.



  1. Sad-But-True
    September 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    What does this [REMOVED BY ADMIN} who harvested millions of dollars for his A&M company is blabbering about?
    You will always be the [REMOVED BY ADMIN]!

  2. anonnymous
    September 19, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    The SLP roroists and maypuis artists are still at their racist remarks always refering to UWP canditates as white this or Indian that.
    Well that is all the SLP are good at which is causing confusion and attacking others but theu cannot manage a cabaway on the beach in Choiseul.
    Let them understand that this is not the UWP of 2006 but a more mature unit handling the business of St Lucian to grow the economy. $13 million is just the start.
    Well done Guy and the Prime Minister.

  3. Anonymous
    September 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    that’s why there should be just one CAB company,UBEr,or just ride a bike.