Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, has reiterated position that vendors must be respected.
Anthony attended the Farmer’s Market in Vieux Fort.
“I have always insisted that our vendors must be treated with respect,” the Vieux Fort South MP recalled.
“They are an integral part of the Vieux Fort community,” Anthony wrote on his official Facebook page.
And he declared that the vendors have a right to sell their produce free from harassment by the authorities.
Anthony however noted that in times past, vending was centralised into a single market space.
But he observed that over time, vendors have had to move to various parts of the Southern town as a matter of survival.
As a result, the opposition MP asserted that these new dynamics call for a discussion involving the Council, vendors and business community to arrive at a common understanding on creating a harmonious environment for all parties that are interested and affected to continue to serve Vieux Fort and prosper.
Anthony said in his exchange with the farmers on Saturday, he recognised that sales were slow.
“And they lamented the need for greater opportunities like these,” the former prime minister stated.
In this regard, the MP expressed the hope that in the coming months, agriculture and small businesses will get the attention they deserve.
“And we can build back our Southern economy,” Anthony stated.
“In the meantime, I thank all our vendors, farmers and entrepreneurs for serving our town. We love and appreciate you,” he declared.
Headline photo: Dr. Kenny Anthony makes a purchase from a vendor (Image courtesy PM’s Facebook page)