Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Hon. Allen M. Chastanet, at Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly made a motion to parliament to borrow the sum of US$15 million.
The funds will be borrowed on behalf of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) from the National Insurance Corporation (NIC), for the purpose of extending a berth at Pointe Seraphine to facilitate the docking of mega cruise vessels, he explained.
“This is a global initiative on behalf of the government [to go] beyond and see how Saint Lucia can maintain its position, and offer two first class facilities that will attract international business,” the Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy, and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King, said. Government also hopes the project will place Saint Lucia as the number one cruise ship destination in the Caribbean.
Hon. Dominic Fedee, the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting, also made an avowal in support of the motion. He said the initiative was absolutely necessary if Saint Lucia is to increase its competitiveness.
The Prime Minister thanked both ministers for the work done behind the scenes in bringing the project through to fruition.