PRESS RELEASE:–The Board of Directors of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture led by First Vice President Geraldine Pitt, met with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Commerce, Bradley Felix on Thursday 30th June, 2016 in an introductory meeting.
The Chamber and the Minister agreed that there was need for regular frank and open dialogue between the Ministry and the Chamber based on mutual respect and trust.
The Minister noted his Government’s appreciation for the role the Chamber plays in national development and said he was looking forward to working with this important institution in bringing growth and employment to St. Lucia’s economy and of course, profitability to business.
The Chamber for its part, highlighted its tradition of working well with the Government of the Day and its continued commitment to working with the Ministry on Making it Easier to do Business for its members and improving the environment for doing business. The Chamber also pointed out to the New Minister, its ongoing concern with the process Government has used in taking important legislation to Parliament. In particular, without, first publishing “the bill” and providing adequate time and opportunity for civil society to review and comment, or even consult on the various pieces of draft legislation.
The Chamber also called on the Minister to involve the Chamber early in the process of policy formulation as well as involve Chamber representatives on the key national boards and institutions where the perspective and skills of the private sector can be of significant benefit.
The Minister was also updated on the work the Chamber was undertaking in seeking to establish a Single Window for trade in St. Lucia. Successive Cabinet of Minister had agreed that such a platform be established and the last Cabinet had endorsed the Chamber taking the lead on this project. The Chamber highlighted the need for Minister Felix’s support and that of the Prime Minister to ensure the timely and speedy realization of a Single Window implementation in St. Lucia.
Minister Felix and the Chamber Board agreed to meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues of mutual concern, while maintaining strong communications channels at the technical and informal level.