Chastanet: HIA has reached its capacity

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet met here this week with a delegation of engineering experts from Taiwan.

The delegation, which was here from May 1 to 9, was led by Ambassador CHUNG, JER-MING.

It included senior experts from Taiwan’s Overseas Engineering Corporation (OECC) and CECI Engineering Consultants Inc.

The Taiwanese came here to conduct feasibility studies on the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) and road rehabilitation.

According to a release from the Taiwanese Embassy here, at a meeting Wednesday with the visitors at which Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Stephenson King was present, the Prime Minister noted that this country is experiencing steady growth in tourism.

As tourist arrivals continue to rise, HIA has reached its capacity, Chastanet was quoted as saying.

He added that the redevelopment of HIA is critical and hopes to see the project commence as soon as possible.

Regarding the major road project, Prime Minister Chastanet noted that local road network has deteriorated badly over the years due to extreme weather events and it was imperative to ensure the road safety of Saint Lucian people.

“The Prime Minister looks forward to the expertise and input provided by the Taiwanese experts,” the Taiwanese Embassy release stated.

It said Taiwanese Ambassador, Douglas Shen, stated that the government of Taiwan will work with Saint Lucia to facilitate the financing and construction of the two major projects.

“ He believed that the cooperation will not only serve to stimulate economic growth, but will also create more than 2,000 job opportunities,” the release observed.

Ambassador Shen reiterated that Taiwan’s commitment towards its allies and reaffirmed his government’s intention to further strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries, the release observed.




  1. asdsa
    May 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    What capacity. The airport only has traffic just a few hours a day. You’re some kinda moron Mr PM.

  2. ICARE
    May 10, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    It would be good to have some sort of knowledge transfer to local engineers.

  3. Fome Rouge
    May 10, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    It is because of Chastanet’s hard work and his commitment to the development of St. Lucia that he is able to get a commitment from the Tiwanese Government to finance the redevelopment of the H.I.A (Hewanorra Int. Airport) and the road rehabilitation. When will our conscience allow us to give jack his jacket? Why was Kenny not able to get those commitments from friendly governments? His is overall time as PM was 15 long years as compared with Chastanet’s two. With all what the opposition says about Chastanet it only serves to strengthen his resolve to to put back St. Lucia on the map again. This he is already begining to accomplish.The more Chastanet get blows is the more work he does. If the opposition had any sense they would stop their unconstructive criticism.

  4. Fome Rouge
    May 10, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Asdsa you are the Moron and not only that but a jackass without a brain. Kenny had the same thing in mind. It is simply because you all are no longer in power that you make those senseless comments.

    1. Vibz
      May 11, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Asdsa made an uncomplimentary remark about the PM by referring to him as a moron. Fome Rouge clearly took offence and retorted with words such as jackass, brainless and senseless, referring to Asdsa. This is exactly what is wrong with Lucians. The political discourse is too coarse. We severely berate each other for expressing a contrary point of view to ours. How on earth can this nation succeed with this fiercely perpetually charged political atmosphere? In my honest opinion, the Chastanet-led administration puts all its eggs in the tourism basket. Millions of dollars will be spent to upgrade the airport, millions will be spent for the development, promotion and advertisement of tourism while the healthcare sector is in complete disarray. The health of the people should be given top priority. You cannot get much productivity from a sick people. These vicious personal attacks only contribute to the decadence of our spiraling, out of control society. Let’s be more civil and learn to accept differing opinions. When everyone thinks alike there is no thinking going on.

  5. Truth
    May 10, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Watch for the hands in the kitty

  6. John
    May 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    This is not the brightest Pm in our history, that’s for sure. This man scares the hell out of me with some of his outlandish pronouncements.

  7. The Righteousness of God in Christ.
    May 11, 2018 at 6:44 am

    New Testament Verse of the Day:
    For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These and other such commandments are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

    –Romans 13:9