Mayor Defends Government Travel As He Heads To T&T

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, defended travel by government officials as he headed Friday to Trinidad and Tobago for an official visit.

“It is funny how some criticize and say so much when a Government official travels not recognizing it is through such ventures that country to country friendships are formed. This in-turn benefits the island greatly whether it be through tourism, developmental and economic opportunities,” Francis was quoted as saying in a release from his office.

The Mayor will be in Trinidad for a twinning ceremony Sunday between Castries and the Borough of Point Fortin in the twin Island republic.

Francis says this small but significant step will propel the City of Castries into a new direction.

“This agreement will promote a strong regional partnership,” the release from his office observed.

According to the release, it will also encourage various initiatives to increase tourism and economic development, promote cultural and professional exchanges as well as exchanges in best practices, strategies and policies.

It noted that both the City of Castries and the Borough of Point Fortin have enjoyed cordial relations since Francis paid an official visit to Trinidad and Tobago last year.

The Castries Mayor is due to return home on Monday.

9 COMMENTS

  1. What are the benefits that have been derived from all those “Twinning”? I just don’t get it!

  2. I eh sure about dat reason. A quick informational search revealed no big resources. I eh see the point but I can see the fortune.

  3. If government is serious enough about stimulating the economy and helping St. Lucians to survive the economic situation now facing the country; the government must set its priorities right. They must cut down on the frequent joy rides, and adopt a policy that will clearly spell out the terms and conditions under which government officials will travel. Excessive amounts are being spent on overseas travel at a time when everything is in crisis. Parents can hardly send their children to school and are struggling to put food on the table.

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