Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told reporters here that United Kingdom-based locals he met last week at a Town Hall meeting in London want to return home.
Chastanet said in excess of four hundred people attended the gathering.
“I think what was interesting is the number one question on people’s minds is a lot of people are looking at the possibility of moving home, ” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister disclosed.
“I think we were able to outline what my government is currently undertaking in Saint Lucia as it pertains to health; education; security and also in terms of growing our economy,” he told reporters at a news conference Monday.
Chastanet observed that there are a lot of skilled Saint Lucians living abroad.
He said he was ‘incredibly encouraged’ by their observations of the changes that are taking place in Saint Lucia.
According to the PM, the overseas based locals are legitimately looking at the opportunity of moving back home.
“We spoke specifically about the investment opportunity at Sandy Beach and what the government is doing there and we also spoke about the new housing developments that are taking place that they should try to take advantage of,” he recalled.
Chastanet noted that with the improvement of the band width capacity in Saint Lucia, the opportunity is available to operate small businesses out of this country to the rest of the world.
He stated that he was very encouraged by the feedback he received.
” I know that the Ministry of Investment and also Invest Saint Lucia as well as Export Saint Lucia will be going on a road trip to England; to New York. I believe they are going to the investment conference in Jamaica as well,” the PM observed.
“When they go to New York and also to England they will also be having separate presentations specifically with the diaspora in terms of the investment opportunities that are available,” he told reporters.