PM: Transparency and accountability misunderstood

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has asserted that words like ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ are often used but completely misunderstood.

Chastanet spoke during the opening session today of a governance training session for cabinet ministers and senior government officials.

The PM declared that the words ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ are not properly defined.

He disclosed that the purpose of the training session is to make sure that the leadership of this country – the ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Executive Directors and Chairman of Boards, are all on the same page and using the same language.

“So when we use terms like transparency and we use words like accountability and productivity, we definitely know what we are talking about,”  the Prime Minister observed.

He said his United Workers Party (UWP) administration was elected  on a mandate to build a new Saint Lucia.

“We have been busy at work doing what I consider to be some of the easier things, meaning trying to get investors and putting together the structure of our government,” he said.

According to Chastanet, the more difficult part is the actual day to day operation of governance and understanding the responsibilities of government officials.