Vieux Fort – St Lucia’s Southern Metropolis?

I have been reading with great interest, of the projected developments for Vieux Fort as espoused by our Prime Minister Allen Chastanet with the slogan “Your Time Has Come” and as reported in the local press.

One news outlet referred to the significant developments in the north of St Lucia brought about by Sir John Compton when there was so much skepticism and doubt expressed.

Sir John’s vision resulted in, among other dimensions, the draining of a swamp infested with sand flies, the creation of significant housing developments with homes occupied by our people, hotels of international standing, a causeway linking our mainland with Pigeon Point, a Rodney Bay Marina opened to international yachting business and a millennium highway – all which have created jobs and opportunities for so many St Lucians.

To my mind, the vision of Prime Minister Chastanet for the south is comparable in many ways to that of Sir John in his day.  I refer to the projected modern Vieux Fort port development, which is not only for cruse ships, but also can be used for the shipping of agricultural products through the south of the island; prospective investments by renowned hotel chains and associated developments that would include entertainment centers; agricultural development enterprises to engage our farmers; prospective fisheries sectors and expanded work opportunities.

In addition to what is reported in terms of the projected physical development of the south of the island, there is room for the creation of a community college, a medical center affiliated to international institutions, with facilities which cater for local needs as well as overseas persons with specialist needs, and expanded commercial enterprises with both local and international content.

The above is possible within a phased development with the full understanding and participation of our people, for in any major development of such magnitude there will always be opposition and sometimes doubt.  Like previous developments in the north of St Lucia there will be adverse commentary and opposition to projected developments.

It can all be achieved with due regard for the preservation of our unique ecosystem with indigenous animal species which of itself is a major asset and attraction of global dimension.

I look forward to fuller articulation and dialogue on the phased development of what I wish to call our Southern Metropolis in the context of the development of our physical and human resources in so many different dimensions, and the potential contribution to our economy.

Dr.  Edsel Edmunds

Former Ambassador of St Lucia to

The UN, OAS, and UN

Former Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO    

11 Comments

  1. Simeon Pultie
    February 28, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Dr Edmunds clearly is being naive in his comments. He clearly seems unaware of the broader global political power play. He seems unaware that the developer has little money of his own to put into this venture. He can barely put in the required moneys for the race track so much so the talk is for “temporary facilities” – so far less the hundreds of millions required for the new reclamation proposals. And is he not aware of the disastrous proposal for a causeway to the Maria Islands which we all saw and the prime minister claims never was? Is he not aware that only Chinese companies could muster such an undertaking. Vieux Fort would be set to becoming a Chinese controlled enclave, just like the other enclaves they have created or are creating around the world. And it means that the power and influence of controlling our own ports, airports and other resources will no longer be ours. The wishful though of jobs will be for the Chinese, not for us. I think Dr Edmunds should not let his friendships with Sir John and Michael Chastanet cloud his judgment!

  2. Joseph wilson
    February 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

    The people are not saying that the development of the south is not welcome news, it is the signed agreement that is in my view that is the problem

    1. John
      February 28, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Can you articulate to me what you have understood/not understood about the sign agreement? Also can you refer me to that signed agreement

      1. Southerner
        February 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm

        That is the killer question to all those who are using the agreement as a reason to literally stop the development for political reasons. They talk of patrimony when they were the ones who introduced CIP. They talk of selling land when Kenny promised to sell twice the amount of land to Mr. Ainworh. These labours together with the useless VFCCCC are hell bent on keep their own vfortians in the dark for partisan political reasons

  3. White Lucian
    February 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    If something is too good to be true then look out!
    I am all for the development of the south of the island(a region which is relatively fkat) but this development should have been incremental and organic over the years. I have always viewed Vieux Fort as a region with great potential but please be cautious of an Santa Claus bringing what looks like a bag full of presents. That bag may be filled with snakes.

  4. Kenny
    February 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I fully agree with Simeon Pultie, and I don’t believe that Dr Edmunds has seen a copy of the proposal. There is nothing for our people from construction to post construction .Dr Edmunds if you are a true friend of the prime minister and a true St.Lucian,Please read the entire 20 pages and revisit your article .I believe like myself, you would love to see that this project move forward but to the benefit of St.lucia and st.lucians first and foremost .

    1. Southerner
      February 28, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      You are completely wrong about there being no construction jobs for our locals and believe you are giving a false impression about knowing what’s in the agreement. CO Williams was given the contract for the Horse Race Track. However, I want to ask what was said when the Chinese solely constructed all the projects during the 1997-2006 era. Hypocrite

    2. PAUL
      February 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Kenny, are you insane post such false comment without justification. I am of the believe you are lying about reading the agreement. You are fully aware that CO WIlliams of St Lucia, was awarded the contract for the Race Track

  5. Vibz
    February 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    New infrastructural and economic developments are essential for any country to advance. However, dialogue and consultation should be done with the people whose lives may be severely be affected by these colossal changes to the physical landscape and their normal lifestyles . These developments must not be done arbitrarily. Full disclosure as to the pros and cons of these life changing activities should be well ventilated by the powers that be. No one person nor one group of persons has a monopoly on intelligence. That’s the reason why there is a need for full discussions and deliberations. It’s important that the government try to get most of the people to buy into their plans. No government should run roughshod over the citizens.

  6. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    February 28, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    At what price?

  7. Lucian terrorist
    February 28, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    There shall be no DSH or else.

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