Castries Central MP concerned about unemployment

Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood Beaubrun, has expressed concern about the rate of unemployment in Saint Lucia, describing it as a big problem.

“Idleness creates social inactivity and persons resort to antisocial behaviour, so the unemployment situation is a big issue that needs to be addressed,” Flood-Beaubrun asserted.

She said when she sits in her constituency office on Fridays, if she sees 40 people some 35 are there for jobs.

The Castries Central MP told reporters that if people cannot be gainfully employed, they will be employed otherwise by engaging in antisocial activity.

Flood-Beaubrun spoke against the backdrop of mounting concern about crime which she said is a multi-faceted problem  that requires the intervention of the government, NGO’s, the community, parents and everyone.

She expressed the hope that in the national budget in April, some programmes can be implemented to deal with the issues.

According to the Castries Central MP, there is need for lasting solutions that deal with the root of the problem of crime.

She said she had some ‘creative’ ideas which she plans to implement in her constituency.

“I am hoping we can get some support where we can get some grant funding.I am preparing these projects and I am hoping that I can say what I am doing in my constituency. But we have to deal with this constituency by constituency, community by community, family by family, individual by individual – everybody has a responsibility to deal with crime. Government must set the agenda, but at the end of the day it is personal responsibility that matters,” Flood-Beaubrun said.

 

9 Comments

  1. patricia
    February 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    What about the Ubaldus issue? Please give your take on it.

    1. Anonymous
      February 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Will the ubaldus issue create employment??…Thats all you lucians concern with SAUCE and GOSSIP…country full of backwrd ppl

  2. bambi
    February 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I tired of hearing those statements .It is time for action.Ok

  3. Alvin Ernest
    February 8, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I was born in St.Lucia and have a keen interest in seeing the island and in fact, the region, in general, make progress towards improving the quality and quantity of life for its people. In that light, I believe that to thrive a country or any organisation for that matter must have and own its growth narrative. That means that it must understand at a very foundational level its costs and its revenues – then it must be able to articulate how and why its revenue forecast will be sustained. The former is easier to judge as we know the population and understand their basic consumption needs; and total costs = population (p) x consumption (c). However, the latter is more difficult to judge but it is the main source of sustainability, as “p” and “c” can be managed relatively easily. However, revenues are more difficult to manage, as tax revenue is proportional to private sector profits (corporation tax) and employment (income tax). If the number of businesses and employment falls, tax revenues fall too. Of course, exports help improve government revenues also, but let’s ignore that prospect for now. It seems to me that government’s core challenge is to create an environment where businesses can thrive and employment maximised. So, what can the government really do to help deliver that environment? Of course, the obvious role for government is to invest in infrastructure that makes it easier to do business. That investment can come from its budget surplus or government borrowing. However, both of these are sometimes out of reach and the islands have had to seek help from Global Aid Agencies, FDI and even the IMF.
    Clearly, creating the conditions for economic growth is different from making the business investments that contribute to government revenues and fiscal position. Therefore, ultimately the burden of economic growth falls on the private sector, driven by a profit motive, that can be both humbling and brutal. Without, going into too much detail on the private sector, we should consider the fundamentals of their viability and sustainability. Two things come to mind, sales and the cost of sales (CoS). The former is difficult to grow given a relatively stable population and their consumption culture. Therefore, that leaves the Cost of Sales as an easier lever to affect private sector profitability. Of course, it would be defeatist if all businesses simply sort to cut cost by lowering employment (as that simply lowers overall consumption and comes back to haunt local businesses). I believe that there is one thing that government can do and should do, to help deliver a sustainable future: Government must install a continuous and systematic transition away from imported goods to locally produced goods and services. By investing in analysing consumption to identify clear areas where local supply can be used to sustain the same quality and quantity of finished goods. For example, I often wonder, why the hotels are not forced to source at least 80% of their needs from the island. I am absolutely sure that given the island’s “Culinary Institute” that recipes can be created to support local provisions in order to deliver such an objective. Another example is the clothing sector, surely working with the University of West Indies’ Fashion & Design faculty measures can be taken to create contemporary fashion that can be sold to visitors and locals alike… I don’t think that limiting textile sales to Batik and traditional options is the answer; there is a much better opportunity if visitors could purchase contemporary fashion e.g. cotton chinos, shorts, suits, linen shirts and blouses etc… all under local brands but of a standard that can compete with other international brands – this is very do-able!

    1. Anonymous
      February 12, 2017 at 5:34 am

      I wanted to add that my approach is focused on the 2 factors that affect the government’s tax revenues: (1) driving private sector profitability – by lowering the cost of the supply side and (2) creating more employment (income tax) to produce the local substitutes that serve the supply sides of existing business… this creates a virtuous circle that strengthens the private sector and moreover the government’s fiscal position… All sectors can and should be given this treatment…. Importantly it does not mean that St Lucia turns its back on imports but that it treats “importation” as a “transient” activity that facilitates new business ideas and is quickly transitioned to locally produced substitutes – it that spirit that becomes the engine of employment and growth… Furthermore, it could use the tourist sector to bolster consumption in order to create viable business ideas… St Lucia needs to focus on selling its way of life to the world, but to do so, it needs to establish institutions that will focus on “best practice” and “industrial process”. In so doing, the investments in these institutions will generate a return on investment for the country… Just something to ponder, St.Lucia needs its future to be more valuable than its past, so focus on commercialising the things St Lucians value today and in the future, not the things that defined its past….

  4. The Crow
    February 8, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Ms Minister, we are tired of the “unemployment situation is a big issue that needs to be addressed”. We need to know HOW unemployment it is to be addressed.

  5. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Sarah when they shot Verna you came and said the same thing. Now it’s almost a year and u are saying the same thing. I’m tired of you’ll will do and nothing is being done. Now I’m fed up with you’ll. Mnew fache

  6. Concern
    February 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    And to make matters worse Allen r on the verge of closing nice …with so many ppl r employed paying their bills sending they kids to school…i thought he said he wants to create more employment..

  7. Jah
    February 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Well said poorjab for this nice people

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