Chastanet: Border Control entity coming

Chastanet: Border Control entity coming

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has announced plans for the creation of a Border Control entity in Saint Lucia.

Chastanet made the announcement Thursday at a ceremony during which the United States Embassy handed over equipment to the Crown Prosecutions Service.

Outlining measures to beef up the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), the Prime Minister explained that the proposed Border Control entity will see the Customs and Excise Department absorbing immigration and the Marine Police.

“In essence we will become like the US and some other countries in having a Coast Guard rather than having a Marine Police station,” the Prime Minister said.

He asserted that border control will become an ‘absolute priority.’

The Prime Minister told the ceremony that he found  it amazing when his government took office that none of the Island’s Coast Guard boats were functioning.

“The two radar systems that we had set up, neither one of them was working – it was almost as if there was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the safety of Saint Lucians,” Chastanet declared.

He said he was happy to report that two boats are currently in operation and another two are expected to be in operation very soon.

Chastanet revealed that the radar systems are not back 100 percent, but  are well on their way there.

He said a few weeks ago the radar systems were very useful in helping this country to track  people coming into Saint Lucia.

The Prime Minister disclosed that there is a plane that is based in Barbados that is shared, but Saint Lucia will explore introducing new equipment to assist this country in being more effective in controlling its borders.

“I am giving the assurances to Saint Lucians, I am also giving assurances to our neighbours that the days that Saint Lucia can be considered a low fence for drug lords to come here and to transport their goods through Saint Lucia on our planes or to Martinique, that is going to become much more difficult moving forward,” he declared.

Chastanet said he was very much looking forward to the support of the United States, the British,  the Canadians and Europeans in assisting Saint Lucia to deliver on that promise.

Related Articles

23 Comments

  1. okay then
    April 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Please Please please, stop trying to emulate your blastard Idol Trump. We dont need this nonsense here!

    1. Anonymous
      April 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm Reply

      So just let the drugs and human trafficking continue!

    2. KD
      April 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply

      PM, you really in love with partisanship: it’s either red or yellow, nothing else! If however you can’t get the jobs for Lucians Mr. PM, you may be out of office next voting season! Calm down and forget about negativity. Be positive and objective. Anyway lets forget about colors and look into ways we can stimulate this economy. There are lots of things we can do or examine internally. Too may people in useless positions and titles, too many high paid reps and or titles including the Prime Minister-ship, too many macroeconomic policies and not enough microeconomic (Counter-balancing) policies in the districts: more regulatory and budgetary control or autonomy is needed at the district level.

      Here are some thing you may consider:

      1) Pass all extra titles except PM onto Department heads or District Reps.
      2) Empower Reps with total budgeting, financial and regulatory control.
      3) Allow districts to have elections and referendums.
      4) Empower Small Business Bureau (Association) to stimulate local communities on incubator projects and business consolidations where possible. This includes empowering more small businesses to take advantage of tourism in their local constituencies. A number of small business owners do not know how to promote their businesses as a tourist attraction or service. It’s time to extend tourism sites and sounds to all districts.
      5) Advance Information Technology Infrastructure to offer shared G2C and B2C e-commerce and other forms of transaction. (e.g, Certificates, Licenses, Renewals, and other suitable web transactions, etc).
      6) Develop Zip Codes for St. Lucia (long-term project) to facilitate more business, registration, delivery and expansion.
      7) Lower TV, Internet and Mobile (cellular) packages and widen the base. St. Lucian consumers got the shaft in what was suppose to be a telecom (LIME, FLOW, C&W/Karibe Cable, COLUMBUS) merger which would benefit them and instead is squeezing their wallets dry after pre-consolidation price-hike.
      8) Patrol the highways and issue tickets to VF transit drivers or implement a Toll System in dennery to service north and south since that district suffers the worst revenue collection from highway transit operations and fares.
      Use Green Energy to reduce electricity programs for constituents and to supply the GRID in turn reallocating resource revenues.

      Well ’till next time…

  2. okay then
    April 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I order for you to control your borders, how about putting things in place internally. there are no traffic tickets, but you expect us to believe that we are ready for this next step!!!

  3. okay then
    April 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    you and this trump man have things in reverse. Tackle big, then ignore small! (Word deleted)

  4. sharon terrell
    April 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Well done my prime minister.We must tighten up on our border to stop these criminals,they cannot seem to sell their Marijuana without murdering our citizens,who have nothing to do with their drug peddling,So no more the gig is up.We tired now, so we taking back our St.Lucia by any means necessary.You enter our border with your drugs you will be delt with.Good job.

  5. Mattrew
    April 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Yes mr tramp

  6. Kester Dornelly
    April 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

    St. Lucians, be positive and support a good initiative without blasting the politicians.
    I welcome the new security measures. A step in the right direction.

    1. Bond 007
      April 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

      Some lucian are just too negative n bias. .like to talk nonsense alone..not subject to change. .go n educate you all selves ppl..let the PM do his job..even if I didn’t vote

    2. Lucian by birth
      April 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm Reply

      You should also be as enthusiastic for them to start enforcing drunk driving laws and laws against domestic abuse.

    3. Anonymous
      April 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm Reply

      we cant afford a cost guard at his time bro, its quite expensive and need a lot of resourse, first the prime minister needs to stop b;laming the opposition and get on with the business of the day. first we need to start our our control within our perimeter, we need to start focusing on building our human resource, we have been able to build the capacity of our police force , do you think its a cost guard, if all the boats were in operational what have they been doing before.. we have to be real and remove the color, lest stop talking for talking sake and begin healing our nation, dealing with our people, its going to be awhile before we can have a coast guard, remember he said by january gone we wou;d have had customs take over, so you see, its a very long process
      /

  7. Eagles Eye
    April 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Yes a positive step in the right direction. There will always be those who will oppose just for the sake of opposing.

  8. Bro
    April 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Yes Mr Prime minister good work those who are opposing because they are condoning crime. Just make sure what ever you are doing for St Lucia are the good and right things.

  9. Anonymous
    April 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Wow smh when will u grow up, small minded fool.

  10. Lucianboy
    April 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply

    A set of uneducated tramps they need a divtionary some paper and pencil put them to task

  11. Time out
    April 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm Reply

    As long as something to benefiting the country im in

  12. wire
    April 8, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply

    Hmmm spending my money on border control while you reduce CIP to $100,000… any drug dealer can make himself a citizen

  13. Calvin
    April 8, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Given that our nation is in a deficit position, where will the money come from to pay for this? Our civil service pay-roll is already largely paid for with borrowed money.

    Increased border security making a difference? That’s a laughable notion because, in the big picture, the war on drugs cannot be won by simple augmentation of enforcement. Yes, certainly, there will be a couple of chump change busts each year to keep authorities happy and make for good media coverage, seize a small fishing boat off the coast with a few bails of low-quality, already stepped-on product. For this multi-billion dollar industry, that’s simply a small and accepted cost of doing business, it keeps everyone happy on all sides.

    It’s propping up the governments of Columbia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Ask any DEA person off the record. they’ll tell you that there’s not a lot that they can do.

    As long as people can be bought, drugs and money will move. It is as simple as that.

    The funds for this latest expansion of SLU’s bureaucracy would be better spent being invested in education and training of our people.

  14. Anonymous
    April 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Well spoken, and he knows that, he and his big boys knows that ;

  15. Anonymous
    April 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Most of the St Lucians ; liveing off Drugs money; u think tourism can foot it no way; y u think so muchckilling in this Island and the police know it because when they take it out of red car; they putting it inctheir friends blue car DRUGS THAT IS WAT THE PM HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE HOT MESS IN THE POLICE FORCE; clen out your back yard first before u talk about boder patrol and let the poor man eat a bread if not they will be; more ctime inxthe streets and more killing and he knows that

  16. Anonymous
    April 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Well u know hmm

  17. Society
    April 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply

    Get to the point..our government sinking ship is the impax report…nobody is being persecuted or charged..it could be uwp or SLP….that will be the downfall of any government in power..remember that

  18. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 9:50 pm Reply

    You mean st.Lucia have so many idiots.
    A small country like this. And to make it worse they putting and showing their idiotic on social media to make the world know how stupid. Idiot .ignorant. Jackass. foolish.
    shameless….and hiding behind the media to express ignorant… They who knows more why can’t they get into politics and share their ideas make st.Lucia a better place. Instead Of talking a whole hip Of shit.and making others who are more ignorant get worsened. Jesus Christ.

Leave a Reply

Shares
Man charged in Caye Mange homicideRead
+ +