Pierre Meets Members Of Saint Lucia National Trust

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre on Tuesday concluded a meeting with representatives of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and has agreed to meet again with them in the future to discuss how his new administration and the organisation can collaborate.

SLNT Director, Bishnu Tulsie, told St Lucia Times that the organisation has always had annual meetings with the Prime Minister of this country, except for the last five years under the previous administration.

“We are really pleased that the new Prime Minister was able to see us so early after the formation of his government,” Tulsie said.

“There were a number of things he wanted to discuss and we are  really pleased with the outlook. The new government seems to have a better appreciation for the need  to protect our environment and our heritage and  promote national pride and identity,” Tulsie stated.

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In an address to mark Emancipation Day on August 1, Prime Minister  Pierre spoke of the need to fight against attitudes that belittle this country’s  patrimony and cultural heritage whenever and wherever they exist.

During the same address,  the PM announced that his government would restore an annual subvention to the SLNT.

The Saint Lucia National Trust has  been without the $700,000 allocation, representing twenty percent of its operating income, throughout the five years of the previous United Workers Party (UWP) administration, SLNT Director, Bishnu Tulsie  explained.

He said that as a result, the SLNT had to make adjustments to accommodate the shortfall.

And the SLNT official recalled that with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trust had to make additional adjustments to cope with the ‘considerable impact’ of the reduction in funding.

However, he told St Lucia Times that the withdrawal of the  annual subvention to the SLNT related to more than just money.

“It’s the policy statement that the withdrawal made – that heritage management and heritage conservation and environmental protection were not seen as sufficiently important to invest $700,000 in an organisaton that raises five times that amount of money. The last government did not see it as important,” he asserted.

Tulsie said Prime Minister Pierre did speak to ‘his limited fiscal space’ that he has to work with.

He quoted Pierre as indicating at Tuesday’s meeting with SLNT officials that reinstituting the organisation’s annual subvention has to go through a process of reallocation and identification of the funds, which is currently underway.

“It will take some time, but the intention is there,” he observed.

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