Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has said that based on its potential in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and other sectors, this country has grossly underperformed.
Chastanet was addressing a presentation ceremony today for the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project at the Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa and Beach resort.
He explained that this Island’s underperformance was the main reason for the $US 2.6 billion project being undertaken by Desert Star Holdings (DSH) in the South of Saint Lucia.
According to the Prime Minister, the impact of Saint Lucia’s underperformance is felt in Vieux Fort.
“When you look at the potential of Vieux Fort, it screams at you as to what that potential is,” Chastanet said.
He observed that Vieux Fort already has an international airport, a deep water harbor and a lot of flat land.
Nevertheless Chastanet said the community is one of the most deprived areas of the country.
“Not only has that been working to the detriment of the people of the South, but more importantly it has been working to the detriment of the people of Saint Lucia,” he explained.
The Prime Minister said he believes it is important for Saint Lucians to control their own destiny.
“I hate things when they happen by chance – when you have to depend on luck to make things happen,” Chastanet told his audience.
He asserted that if Saint Lucians want to control their own destiny, they have to make some bold and courageous decisions.
According to Chastanet, if those decisions are not made nothing will change.