National Organizations Must Break Silence on the DSH deal

PRESS RELEASE:-Vieux Fort, Castries – June 19, 2017 – The position on the DSH Deal articulated and publicized by the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VF4Cs) has consistently sought to impress upon the citizens of this country that the proposed DSH Project is not a local issue for Vieux-Fortians but is one that has significant economic, financial, social, environmental, developmental, legal and political implications for the entire country.

To encourage awareness of and discussion on the DSH Deal the VF4Cs circulated its concerns on the terms and conditions of the DSH Agreements to a number of national organizations and important national offices,  including the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Parliamentary Representative of Vieux-Fort South. The concerns highlighted included the risks and obligations of the State, absence of opportunities for equity and profit sharing by the State, lack of employment guarantees for nationals and the approximate 900 acres of land that would be sold to or leased to the developer for 99 years at US1 per acre per year. In addition the VF4Cs requested the opportunity to present its position in greater detail to these organizations and offices.

To date only the Leader of the Opposition and the Parliamentary Representative of Vieux-Fort South have provided a response among the 15 organizations and national offices written to. Admittedly, the Prime Minister has responded, not to the VF4Cs letter referred to above, but to the petition circulated by the VF4Cs that attracted over 3000 signatures from St. Lucia and many other countries. Unfortunately, in the PM’s response, the critical matter of addressing the concerns raised in the petition, including the call for face-to-face engagements with the residents of Vieux-Fort, was simply ignored.

While representatives of the national organizations have remained mum on the DSH Deal, the Head of the local Roman Catholic Church has courageously spoken out on this matter. The purpose in so doing was not to destroy the DSH Concept, but to plead for a better deal to be negotiated on behalf of the residents of Vieux-Fort and all other citizens of St. Lucia. We roundly applaud the Catholic Church because this is yet another instance in which it stands on the right side of history. It has stood up, along with the VF4Cs, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. By doing so the Catholic Church has not only expressed solidarity with the citizens of St. Lucia, but has demonstrated a sound moral imperative.

Other national organizations should be encouraged by this action of the Catholic Church. Work on the race track is in progress and the Prime Minister has said publicly that the “Developer” will be refunded the money spent on this facility using CIP funds, but the venture will not be profitable one. This is a preposterous statement from a Prime Minister who wants to run St. Lucia like a business. Furthermore, for this Phase 1 of the DSH Project, the VF4Cs is not aware that the relevant EIAs have been conducted and the appropriate approvals received from the Development Control Authority (DCA).

National organizations ought to be calling for a clear picture of the DSH Project under consideration to be shared with the nation and a clear and unequivocal statement on how St. Lucia is going to benefit from its implementation. It is about time that more of those who lead and influence the conscience of this nation break their silence and ignite a wave of national debate on the Prime Minister’s much-vaunted DSH Project. They must ensure that the genuine and legitimate concerns of the citizens of this country regarding the DSH Deal are not constantly ignored by the Prime Minister.

9 Comments

  1. UWP Mother of all Corruption
    June 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Saint Lucians should just migrate to other countries and leave this island for Allen Chastanet and his father, along with his ignorant money hungry corrupt Cabinet of ministers.

    1. Anonymous
      June 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Remember it is still 11-6 and you and the VF4Cs are scared of it being worse come the next election.

      1. Anonymous
        June 20, 2017 at 2:51 am

        I concur

    2. Calvin
      June 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Migrate? Try again.

      Most countries don’t want St. Lucians given their reputation (thanks to a number of bad apples) overseas for overstaying their welcome and getting involved in crime. Why do you think there are so many visa requirements.

      Besides, the Syrians and migrants from North African nations have long locked up the access provided to migrants to the desirable nations.

      You’re stuck here, might as well accept that.

      If you’re lucky, perhaps SLP will make a comeback tour at the next election and everything will be instantly better… doors will open, velvet curtains will part, and champagne will fall from the ceiling. Good luck with that.

      1. humble
        June 20, 2017 at 6:35 am

        “If you’re lucky, perhaps SLP will make a comeback tour at the next election and everything will be instantly better… doors will open, velvet curtains will part, and champagne will fall from the ceiling. Good luck with that.” lol…lol good one lol

  2. Malfini
    June 20, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Why is the FORESTRY DEPARTMENT so quiet on the DSH Project given their responsibility for wildlife on the Maria Islands under the 1980 Wildlife Protection Act?
    YO PEH!

  3. Anonymous
    June 20, 2017 at 10:11 am

    They don’t want their subventions to be reduce to zero in next year’s budget like the National trust.

  4. Anonymous
    June 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Slps and Labours you guys sound so stress out when was the last time you guys had a good night sleep

  5. Anonymous
    June 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    All those concerned citizens who claim to be concerned, the majority of them are either retired, have a good relaxing life going, house and family. They don’t give one damn about the future of the young people. They brag about the next generation and the environment…the next generation don’t give one crap…all they need is a job so that they could be educated, build a home, raise a family and get to be like you retirees…. so it’s their time…. let them support DHS and don’t stand in their way; you had your days.

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