Thursday, October 17, 2019

Pierre urges political will to implement Caricom tourism studies

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, responding to a call for a Caricom tourism summit, has told the Times that there is nothing wrong with having dialogue.

The call for the summit was made by Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, who is a former Minister of Tourism.

Pierre, a former Tourism Minister himself, noted that the Caribbean Tourism Organization (C.T.O) already exists.

He observed that there are already a number of documents and studies covering subjects such as air transportation, joint marketing and harmonizing investment incentives.

“There are a number of studies and what is needed is the political will to implement these studies,” the leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) told the Times.

Pierre expressed the view that the only useful purpose the proposed Caricom tourism summit would serve is if Caricom leaders decide at the meeting to implement some of the studies that have been done.

In a recent meeting with CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Prime Minister Chastanet mooted the idea of a tourism summit, which he said should be convened by the Caribbean Community in the short to medium term.

Chastanet proposed the summit as one of two initiatives to help the region find solutions for surmounting some of the economic challenges confronting it.

He also emphasized the need for the Council of Finance and Planning – COFAP, to convene an urgent round of joint discussions, noting that they must undertake a more active role in an environment where the region is confronting several critical micro and macro-economic challenges.

CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque visited Saint Lucia on September 6, 2016.



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