Timely responses critical

Timely responses critical

For years on end, the nature of politics here at home has continually disintegrated in terms of perception but more importantly, the world at large seems to be experiencing a similar malaise with little or no change on the horizon. On the other hand, it is sometimes said that things have to grow worse before getting better, but the big question remains, how much worse? In ST. Lucia politics appears to have adopted all the negatives assigned to this important profession but by the same token, could St. Lucia in anyway take the lead by proving to its counterparts that a greater form of civility and decorum can alter the course  of history.

We have voiced our views over the years that running a country is similar to a successful business where investors should be recognised as real partners and are provided with the confidence that they are indeed serious and conscientious in working together for the betterment of all parties. We cannot expect investors to remain in a vacuum awaiting decisions which are placed on ice and at any given moment we can simply place our response into a microwave ready to be served. Investors are few and far between at this time and Prime Ministers all over the globe are making all sorts of overtures to attract such individuals including the mighty America which is presently soliciting wealthy Chinese to their shores with a similar CIP programme.

Investment proposals must be taken seriously and decisions must be taken one way or another. The public in general will accept the fact that officials are not infallible and guarantees are not always perfect but a decision is better than no decision at all. The DSH project which has dominated the air waves for the past several months is a perfect example of a project which was shrouded in secrecy for fifteen months without a decision was indeed unfair, unrealistic and unacceptable for two reasons: (a) It is disrespectful to an investor and (b) it implies that an administration lacked the ability to make a decision one way or another. Governments have a moral responsibility to act in the best interest of its people and incidents like these should not recur. Further, the insinuations meted out by the former administration that a particular investor is tearing the country apart is also unfortunate as this kind of  propaganda spreads quickly especially in the age of Facebook and the social media. Hopefully, our comments today will be taken in good faith as constructive criticism is always helpful.

By MICHAEL CHASTANET

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2 Comments

  1. Jane
    June 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Michael, st.lucia should be sold to SAINT LUCIANS​ not to your family and foreign friends. You still not satisfied with what you have. We don’t take any wealth, riches to the grave.

  2. Anonymous
    June 9, 2017 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Michael Chastanet, How does Government taking 18 months in back and forth discussions with an ‘investor” redound to Disrespect to the investor?
    The process of discussions should send the investor to do what is right and to allow the government to lay out its cards in a manner which will benefit all the people. It is obviously your bias that government should rush and sign agreements to facilitate investors just because they dangle money. Unless an investor meets the requirements which are lawful and beneficial to the people there should be no signing of any agreement. Try signing an agreement for your business without first negotiating and reaching the decision which you think will be beneficial to your business. Some negotiations take forever depending on the mindset of both parties.

    You should counsel you “hard to hear” son.

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