PM says: Be bold and courageous

PM says: Be bold and courageous

Press Release:-While addressing a briefing on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project on Thursday morning at the Sandals Grande St Lucian Beach Resort and Spa, Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet called for Saint Lucians to be “bold and courageous” in the face of new opportunities.

“There are always going to be the naysayers,” said Prime Minister Chastanet toward the end of his address. “The people who can only criticize but never sit back and ask about all the people who are suffering. Do they live in those people’s homes? What does it mean to be unemployed in this country and also to be poor? Shouldn’t that be the priority of what we are trying to do? Does politics have no boundaries? I am asking the people of Saint Lucia to come out and support this initiative. You may not like every detail of it but what we are doing is putting a plan on the table of being able to move this country forward.

Prime Minister Chastanet was addressing a room filled with business persons, government officials and representatives from the various town councils in the south of the island.

The purpose of the briefing was an update on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project by Desert Star Holdings Limited and the unveiling of the proposed phase two of the project.

“It is the intention of my government with what Mr Teo Ah Khing and his team have done to now drive the south in order to take the bold and courageous decisions and to take our rightful place in the world,” said the Prime Minister. “We were elected under the theme of building a new Saint Lucia and we didn’t just marginally win this election we won it with one of the largest mandates ever. It is the intention of this Government to fulfill that mandate. Very clearly specified in our manifesto was the importance of the south.”

The Prime Minister then spoke to the process to come regarding the project:

“It is okay to dream. It is okay to have a vision but singularly the most important aspect of success is implementation,” he said. “It means that somebody has to pull the trigger at some point. So today we are here to announce that this what the dream is. We intend to have full EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) studies. We intend to allow the public of Saint Lucia to digest this; to determine what they like and what they don’t like; to get the feedback from the south and the citizens of the south. To make sure that the plans that we have and the scale that we have is compatible with the capacity of Saint Lucia to be able to grow. Once we are satisfied that we have done those things we must make the decision to implement.”

The Prime Minister went on: “I am going to be appointing a taskforce specifically for this project with various departments to ensure that we do the necessary work but at the same time that we are ready to implement this project as soon as all the work has been completed. Saint Lucia it is time for us take control of our own destiny. Let us stop living in mediocrity. Let us develop our assets for all the citizens in the south and for Saint Lucia. The time for change is now.”

During his presentation Chairman of DSH Teo Ah Khing spoke to the audience about the potential benefits in the reclamation of land near Maria Islands in the south.

“We are going to do three things in relation to the islands,” Teo Ah Khing noted. “We are going to continue to preserve, enhance; do detailed research on all the existing wild life and marine life on this island. Secondly, we are going to allow local tourists to be able to experience the very rare natural features right out there in the ocean and allow it to be a tourism attraction added onto the already interesting attractions in the island Saint Lucia. Thirdly, with the creation of this 150 to 200 acres of new land certain portions will be returned to the people of Saint Lucia. This is not just about the public parks or ocean parks that the visitors are going to enjoy; this is to allow us to put ourselves on the world map for the international research of wild life.”

Mr. Khing stated that what was being shown to the audience was a very preliminary artist’s impression. Pointing to the drawing, the DSH Chairman said: “You notice there are two islands, the Maria Islands. They are completely preserved with isolation and preservation.”

Following the presentation, the Honourable Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation addressed the audience followed by the Honourable Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting.

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41 Comments

  1. Suzie
    March 11, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply

    Move (Words deleted) dont you see the crime rate lets talk about that.

  2. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    HE SHOULD BE BOLD AND CORAGEOUS AND RESIGN.

  3. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    COURAGEOUS

  4. Deana
    March 11, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

    This guy is a fraud. He is selling our nation

  5. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

    Instead of focusing on d wild life and d marine life focus on d crime make it safe for d people to go to d public park or d marine park It makes no sense people going and have to b looking over thier shoulders unless yuall include bullet proof vest for the visitors Smh

  6. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    When the risk factor outweighs the reward point or goal, one can not be bold.
    If at the start of a race (100M) Usain Bolt was given a 30 meter head start, who on earth can defeat him? For me as a St.Lucian to be bold and support this project there must be fundamental changes to this sign agreement.

  7. Larry Karday
    March 11, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply

    How can St. Lucians allow this? This is raping their lands. This pm is the worse thing to happen to this island.

  8. Hello
    March 11, 2017 at 10:18 am Reply

    Let the south get. It’s fair share of development .We are tired of being fed the crumbs and most time the dust . I am urging the PM to just sit the I and Ts . I would like you detractors to tell me how much are you all willing to invest in vieux fort. When SLP sold freegate not even the national trust spoke. When Kenny gave away our sea bed no one complain with nothing in return. We in the south welcome the development. All be it we still believe there are some changes to the plans that will be needed.

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

      Say you seeing YELLOW and RED is a problem to see

  9. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    Yes !!!!! Mr.PM we are going to be Be BOLD and COURAGEOUS to stop you with your mad DECISIONS.

  10. 666
    March 11, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply

    This not good for Saint Lucia, it’s not traditional tourism, it’s just a place to quarantine, train, and race horses.

    Both Kenny and Allen sold the lands for a few penny, and these two should be charged with treason. More and more, Saint Lucians are having less access to their own country…not good.

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm Reply

      666 how did Kenny sold the land for penny ???? Just asking 666

      1. 666
        March 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

        He was the one who started it…they’re both guilty.

        1. Anonymous
          March 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

          what did he start ?

          1. 666
            March 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm

            DSH.

  11. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply

    Amidst all the crime mess under your watch, you talking about Pearl frickery!

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      What does the pm have to do with crime. Is he the one out there killing people?

  12. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

    You all are sour grapes. What are your all contributing toward the development of St. lucia or to make a difference? NOTHING!!!!!! How many of you all have try to invest

    1. Anonymous
      March 13, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply

      For you to able to invest you must have extra disposable income and many Lucians are struggling to stay afloat

  13. youty
    March 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

    See how callous and cold blooded this man is. 19 people dead in less than 80 days, and his ONLY focus is on selling our lands (which is next to land that he and his family intentionally bought) to enrich himself. Tell me, is that what the people put this mulatto there to do? Giving all our prime lands away and we have NO Say in it? Ok.

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply

      The pm can’t stop the action of an individual, the only thing he could do is create jobs in the country and hope those people stop making these senseless decisions to takeem someone’s life over petty things.

      1. Anonymous
        March 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply

        The PM is not there to create jobs. He is there to create an environment where jobs can be forth coming. The job of elected politicians are to build and manufacture POLICY. They are not to do the day to day running of GOVERNMENT.

      2. Anonymous
        March 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply

        The PM is not there to create job! End of story

        1. Anonymous
          March 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply

          No wonder nothing happened under Kenny Anthony. How in God’s world can someone say that a government is not there to create jobs. The government should not be employing. (our treasury is already over burdened with civil servant wages which included the disorganised and unproductive STEP and NICE). It is alwaays and will always be the government responsibility to create an atmosphere where the private sector, which includes investors, can employ St Lucians and this is what he is doing with “The Pearl of the Caribbean”. In Vfort over 70% of the youth are unemployed. We welcome this initiative. So aspect of it need to be changed. The (Word deleted) about “our land” is a primitive excuse. It silly. With 70% youth unemployment how will VFortian buy that land? Won’t there be enough land to buy after this project? The “End of story” sound so dumb

  14. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply

    He PM is not there to create jobs. He is there to create an environment where jobs can be forth coming. The job of elected politicians are to build and manufacture POLICY. They are not to do the day to day running of GOVERNMENT.

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply

      You have me confused

    2. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

      You have me confused. So the Primister is leading from behind

  15. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

    He the PM is not there to create jobs. End of story !

  16. Angry Citizen
    March 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

    This is gonna move our country forward to its demise. Why do you think tourists come from their very developed countries to ours? To observe our natural beauty. If we keep destroying the environment, the two sectors we rely on for our economy (tourism and agriculture) will no longer be sustainable. We shouldn’t be selling out our island to whichever foreign investors have more money. They always say these projects will create jobs but it’s always some entry level bs while the investors hire internationally for the higher paying jobs. These things IF SUCCESSFUL (looking at you, Le Paradis) are going to attract people that will spend most of their money at the hotels and how much of that is actually going back into our economy, considering the huge tax breaks the hotels get? This man is a businessman, he doesn’t care about our natural resources. He has done nothing to prove that the people should support him. St Jude’s is still in the stadium for crying out loud! Honestly, we need to start physicallying protesting. We’ve had this laissez faire attitude for too long, which is exactly what this government has been relying on. Hold your politicians accountable for their campaign promises. We shouldn’t accept “that’s how they are” or any other bs excuse that these sociopaths use to keep getting elected time and time again. We need an overhaul in Lucian politics and our generation needs to step up to these bullies that only care abut making money for themselves while putting our island into more and more turmoil. We cannot use and destroy our natural resources, we need to create a sustainable island for tomorrow and future generations. We call ourselves Saint Lucians well it’s yime we stand up for her because right now she doesn’t have a voice and we need to give her one.

  17. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Be bold courageous and smart. Mr P.M. the people are not stupid.

  18. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm Reply

    Mr P.M. be bold and courageous RESIGN

  19. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 5:45 pm Reply

    I am asking the people of Saint Lucia to come out and support this initiative. You may not like every detail of it but what we are doing is putting a plan on the table of being able to move this country forward.”

  20. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Saint Lucia it is time for us take control of our own destiny. Let us stop living in mediocrity. Let us develop our assets for all the citizens in the south and for Saint Lucia. The time for change is now.”

  21. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Saint Lucia it is time for us take control of our own destiny. Let us stop living in mediocrity. Let us develop our assets for all the citizens in the south and for Saint Lucia. The time for change is now.

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

      Change at what cost to the taxpayers of this country ?

  22. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

    This is not an investor coming with his own money. This is a project with the sale of St.Lucia passport. Yet St.Lucia owns no part of it. If it fails the taxpayer has to pay in 90 days. If it succeeds the profit go to the investor. How on earth that can be a positive and constructive project or investment ? AM I A LIVING LUCIAN FOOL ? I have search the whole world to look for a project like this and I am yet to find one.

    1. Anonymous
      March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

      You’re forgeting we MAY get some jobs like waiters, cleaners and horse custodians in return. Since it’s up the developers of who they hire.

  23. Terence Joseph
    March 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply

    It’s so sad to see my people so backward it’s like they are in 19th century with no change of mind. Most the comments I read are so critical without nothing positive. The bible says my people perish because of lack of knowledge. St Lucians be converted by the rewarding your mind. Some people have nothing good to share they are crabs in a barrel all they mind set is to pull others down, they are without vision without goals they offer nothing, but to keep noise. Mr prime minister I believe you have vision from God and I believe strongly the lord is with you, if God is for you who can be against you. Mr prime minister be strong in the lord in the power and of might. You are put there for search a time ,God will prospere both you and the Country. The project is good for the country God is in it dont let no one stop you especially the empty once.

  24. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm Reply

    This is the kind of thinking that puts our country in trouble. How does God become part of Chastanet’t actions? Don’t you remember that God made a separation between things to do with him and things to do with the State? How does it go again: Render to Cesar the things that are Cesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. So please do not tie God into the free will of the current Prime Minister. He is a fast talker and a fast mover when it comes to dismantling established projects and programmes, and he will either rise or fall on his own weight. God will not rise or fall with him.

  25. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply

    I voted these guys for a change but I think these fellows have lost their common sense big time. think they would sell their mothers too.

  26. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Don’t knock yourself too hard. A lot of us did, but we will have a chance to make amends sooner than later. It is a pity Kenny Anthony was so “standoffish” in the latter days of his Administration, because that put off a lot of people, many of who you could hear saying: We like the SLP Government, but we don’t like Kenny.” So Kenny, it seems, made the party unpopular. Be that as it may, the party will be led by another leader whenever the next general election comes around.

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