Allen Chastanet

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Allen Chastanet declared : “The expansion of the water development up north and what does that mean and how does that relate to ‘chin, chin, chin’ …persons no longer had to buy water tanks, that’s cost-saving,” “Persons did not have to pay for a water truck during the drought, because water is available. That’s ‘chin, chin, chin’” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:25:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “We increased the subsidies for the school feeding programme and for the bus transportation programme,” “Why? Because we said while we are building a new Saint Lucia, we must do things to help the more vulnerable persons in our society,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:25:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The moment that we re-introduced the state of emergency …we were able to now bring our numbers back down,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “Their concern is whether the state of emergency is going to impede or derail the ability to have what they consider to be a normal election,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The state of emergency is required to be the legislative tool to allow us to implement a curfew system,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:20:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “As you have seen, the curfew times, along with the economic activity are the two things we use to try to keep COVID under control,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:20:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “In our overall efforts to enhance the brand that is Saint Lucia, we will not forget our creatives,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 24, 2021 11:31:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asserted : “The message to our musicians, artists, producers, designers, costume makers, suppliers and other partners …is let’s come together to show the world the quality that Saint Lucia offers” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 24, 2021 11:31:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are entering into an agreement …and those terms are currently being negotiated and we are looking for a substitute place to put the police officers,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “During the current financial year, work will commence on a complex which will house the headquarters of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, court facilities and the remand facilities,” “For too long we have housed our police in sub-standard facilities,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Contrary to what our critics are saying, keeping our hotels and borders open, together with our protocols have been critical to our success thus far. As a result, Mr. Speaker, as of July to December, this year, we will have more airlift into Saint Lucia than we had at that same time in 2019,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Output in the tourism sector is estimated to have declined by about 60 percent in 2020, as a result of the decline in the number of visitors to Saint Lucia which fell by almost 65 percent compared to the previous year when we recorded 1,297,163 (there were 458,943 visitors in 2020),” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In order to support the sector the Government fast tracked projects and increased public sector expenditure to just over $200 million on preplanned projects to stimulate the economy. Given closures and employment losses in tourism and elsewhere, private sector construction activity in 2020 was insufficient to stave off an overall contraction in the sector, estimated at 9.9 percent,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This outturn was not offset by exports to the region which also recorded a decline of over 25 percent. The critical importance of tourism is further demonstrated by the fact that most sub-sectors of agriculture that supplied the tourism industry such as the non-banana agriculture, livestock, local fishing as well as the emerging new sectors like seamoss production among others, posted contractions in performance on account of the loss of the critical demand provided by the tourist market,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Keeping our borders open so some hotels could operate safely, supporting the expansion of our call centres, all helped to curtail the fallout from job losses due to the pandemic,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted ( about Industrial Revolution ) : “that while the world prepares to enter the fourth Industrial Revolution characterized by increased ICT integration and digitization of the global economy, developing countries like ours must simultaneously embark on our own infrastructural revolution while repositioning our economies to optimize the benefits that the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asserted : “We are forging ahead and have been preparing ourselves to take advantage of the opportunities that we know will arise as the world re-opens and returns to some level of normalcy” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The closure of the tourism sector and the attendant consequences reflected in high levels of unemployment, reduced economic activity and lower tax revenues have left this government with little fiscal head room and very few policy options to respond to the economic fallout triggered by the pandemic. Mr. Speaker, it is worth highlighting that this government has taken the deliberate approach of not tokenizing investment in infrastructure as was done by previous administrations. But rather we understand that if Saint Lucia is to live up to its 50 potential, and to escape the lethargic economic performance that has characterized the past two decades, and accelerate the rate of growth of our economy – innovative investments in public infrastructure are required,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In fact, Mr. Speaker, the IMF has urged governments to spare no effort in utilizing the arsenal of infrastructure investment to alleviate the economic impact of the pandemic, by providing short-term employment and income to households. But importantly, Mr. Speaker, the IMF cautioned that such investment must expand the productive capacity of countries and must critically have the ability to repay themselves in the future, without compromising their future fiscal positions,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are committed to a citizen-centric approach to our engagement with the public and this became even more relevant with the advent of COVID19,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are setting up a structure for any Saint Lucian family that wants to accommodate a Vincentian family,” “This is a time when we need to show our support for our brothers and sisters in need and assist in any small way we can” External link

reliefWeb Friday, April 16, 2021 3:46:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “At this level, the Budget targets a Primary Deficit of 4.3 percent of GDP,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:31:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “Though we are adjusting the curfew and making other slight changes to allow more businesses to operate, we must remain vigilant,” “We have seen how quickly things can transform in the COVID-19 environment and we must do what works which is wearing our masks, washing and sanitizing our hands and social distancing. The adjustment of the protocols is not a reason to let down our guard” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, March 12, 2021 1:10:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness has been at the forefront of the management of COVID-19 and I want to commend them for their continued persistence and refinement of processes,” “This improvement in testing augurs well for the country and the overall fight against COVID-19 and though we are not out the woods, Saint Lucia is stronger than ever to continue to manage the pandemic” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 6, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia, I congratulate and thank Chairperson Honourable Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre and the entire Independence Committee for the hard work in putting the activities together,” “Going virtual with the events really encouraged persons to take part in online competitions and submit their videos about their communities. I thank all who have participated in the online challenges and competitions. The way we celebrated Independence 42 marks a new dawn for the Annual celebration and reinforces the importance of creative collaboration as we move away from traditional modes of entertainment and expression” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, March 1, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our National Television Network and all the producers really raised the standard. I thank all the staff for their dedication and outstanding commitment to ensuring that the virtual programming went out to the nation in quality and style. NTN has been for the past 11 months key in the Nation’s COVID-19 response, their flexibility and ability to move with the times is commendable,” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, March 1, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “my message to the people of Saint Lucia, is forward-looking…” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “Even while we continue to fight COVID, we must also begin to look beyond it, to position ourselves and our country to overcome this pandemic and the scars it will leave on our country in much the same way that we have overcome every natural disaster or challenge that has confronted us in the past, especially since Independence 42 years ago” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asserted : “Our country has struck a balance, thanks in great part, to the thousands of frontline workers who toiled at great risk during the past eleven months to serve us all so well. You all have our eternal gratitude” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Association ) : “They’re the ones who are really at the forefront of fighting this battle for us so I just want to thank them all. I want to thank the Medical and Dental Association for their role in this, not only in terms of providing guidance and recommendations,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are not out of the woods but we’re certainly trending in the right direction and people need to continue to practice the protocols, so wear your masks, wash your hands and the social distancing. I’m also very excited because the 3000 vaccines that we’ve received is just the beginning so we are receiving an additional dosage of about 25,000 to 40, 000 from the Indian government as a grant and we’re getting another 77,000 from COVAX which is through a UN organization and we are actively pursuing the purchase of the remaining 180,000 and I think that we’re getting close that we’ll be able to announce something very soon, but certainly I think that what we’ve achieved so far is putting us absolutely on the right track and giving people a substantial amount of hope,” “I’m certainly hoping that that hope doesn’t cause people to let down their guard. Even with the vaccine we still have to continue to practice the protocols until we know that we’ve rid ourselves of this virus,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “This is amongst the biggest threat in our fight against COVID-19, and hence the need for the curfew, which now will allow the police to better manage and contain these illegal activities by restricting movement at those times” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:28:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “Every Independence is an important milestone for this country,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 13, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our tourism industry is back on the rebound. Leading into January 2021, over 5000 hospitality workers, over 1000 taxi drivers, tour company operators, had returned to work,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 6, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The people who work in the hotels want to work to take care of themselves and their families. All the other people involved in the tourism sector, from restaurants to suppliers of goods and services, have been consulted and they approved our protocols in keeping the sector open. If it gets to the point when we see that the risk to Saint Lucians is too great and will put their health and safety at risk, we will have no hesitation in shutting down,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 6, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The full list will be published in the revised statutory instrument on wwwcovid-19 response.lc,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, February 5, 2021 3:16:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “We know it will be an inconvenience to all of you,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, February 5, 2021 3:16:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We’ve had a vision and passion to make sure that we can equip our young persons to be competitive on a global basis. Smart Saint Lucia is a major objective of this Government and it includes laying down the infrastructure to facilitate our ability to interact on a global level,” “With climate change and other world events, we must embed resilience in everything that we do” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our country will go back to a SOE effective Wednesday February 3, 2021, for an initial period of seven days. This will allow us to further restrict movement with a curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, effective Wednesday February 3, 2021. The COVID-19 Act is being amended to reduce operation hours for businesses operations to coincide with this curfew,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The SIDS, there are about 44 of them and (make up) less than ½ % of the emissions globally, but yet we’re being asked to reach the same standards as everyone else” “We are investing money into both adaptation and resilience,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 30, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Saint Lucians have been able to bring in and receive essential supplies, educational supplies and other products to help make it through this difficult time and we recognize that there are some who would still like this opportunity,” “There are some people who have just been able to get back to work not just here but abroad and this would go a long way in helping the diaspora especially to assist where they can” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, January 29, 2021 12:19:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Sadly I am here today because we’ve heard over the last couple of days of two heinous crimes that have taken place. One, of a female who was raped in Jacmel and the body of another female that was discovered at Pigeon Island. First let me say my condolences to all family members, I know how difficult this must be and how shocking it is and all of our heartfelt warmth, prayers go out to you today and to be assured of all of our continued support. I also want to say how grieved I am, how upset I am that we still have these types of crimes taking place in our society,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This takes a holistic approach to solve. We first have the police force which needed to be strengthened and we’ve been doing so: better communications systems, CCT cameras, new vehicles, better training and recently promotions for those officers and physically improving their offices as well as their own personal facilities,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “My government will continue to do everything it thinks necessary to take care of the lives and live-lihoods of Saint Lucians. We will continue to make those tough decisions because we care, we all care, there’s no one person that I believe would deliberately want to hurt anyone in Saint Lucia, but we all have to rise to the occasion and beat this enemy,” “Given the numbers that we currently have, we’re in a red zone, we need to understand that we are on alert and it’s very easy for these numbers to multiply. The moment we let our guard down, every single time that we’ve let our guard down, the numbers multiply,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We cannot shut the country down entirely but we have to restrict our interactions. We must de-mand from ourselves that we do the right things all the time. When you’re out in public, wear your mask, continue to hand sanitize, continue the social distancing, stay home, limit your interactions with persons but also we all have to hold each other accountable. We have to, in essence, be each others brother’s keeper, not only in taking care of each other, but also, demanding that we all adhere to the protocols. So Saint Lucia, the decision as to whether we have to shut down the country is ours, the decision as to whether we’re going to defeat COVID is ours,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “It is welcomed news that the US, Canada and the UK have recently all decided to adopt PCR Testing for returning passengers. This will go a long way in being able to regain confidence in travel,” “Saint Lucia wants the world to know that we do support this decision and we have been preparing ourselves to ensure that anyone leaving the country can be facilitated with the PCR Test, in a timely manner to ensure that passengers meet these new standards to travel. This adoption of pre-testing for travel internationally confirms that Saint Lucia has always had the right idea of how to move forward; especially as we knew how important Tourism was to our economy, we had to start somewhere” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, January 15, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If there is an evacuation of the immediate area, a lot of lands would be vacated and clearly, there may need to be assistance provided by sister islands to assist them with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 10:41:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “He dreamed big, he thought big, he acted big. He was a visionary, a pioneer and a trailblazer. His son Adam described him as a 'superhero' and I concur because what he did for this region as a whole and for the islands in which he invested was transformative,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “Certainly I can say to you that if I need to travel I am going to have the vaccine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The intention is service that currently attracts a Vat rate of 10% to attract a Vat rate of 7%,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our primary goal as a government is to assist in minimizing any increase in the price of accommodation on the island, whilst transferring costs associated with destination marketing, management and development to the tourism sector,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “It is important to emphasize that the reduction in the VAT rate from 10 % to 7 % is only on the service of the sleeping accommodation and all other assimilated goods and services will continue to attract a Vat rate of 10%. This … is to maintain our competitiveness as a destination” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This is our war to lose, this is our war to win. If we have to keep our borders open and persons working, we must stop this community spread. We know that restrictions put in place cause hardship on certain sectors, but we must all work together for the greater good to protect the vulnerable in our society,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 7, 2020 8:15:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is going to be some new protocols coming in place with regards to the border control, which will include the fishermen. An announcement will be made… and I know we’re going to be meeting with the different associations, but the likelihood is by Monday, that we will be suspending licenses for fishermen to go out, for at least one week. Again, that is to regain control of our borders and we will be looking at other measures to significantly strengthen our borders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Despite the effects of the pandemic, the Saint Lucia Government has embarked upon a multiplicity of policy responses to help mitigate the effects of the crisis, and to bring relief to the most vulnerable groups,” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, November 1, 2020 4:29:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “What I don’t want is for us to close down the country, and the point I made was, if we have to close down the country, we don’t have the money to redo all the things that we did the first time,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “What I don't want is for us to close down the country, and the point I made was, if we have to close down the country, we don't have the money to redo all the things that we did the first time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If a bus driver doesn’t have on his mask or persons on the bus don’t have their mask on, as difficult as it is don’t board the bus, take down his number and file a complaint, because that will come back to haunt you” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, October 16, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The economic impact is beyond words in terms of the job losses, the revenue losses to persons with businesses … and the great amount of uncertainty that has been created. But I’m very proud again of the plans that we have as a country in slowly reopening our international borders, gaining confidence locally that we can coexist with COVID while we open up our international borders,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about British ) : “It means that by taking care of business at home we have put ourselves in a substantially better position and what’s the result of that? We’ve seen flights resume. In fact just this week we’ve gotten notice from British Airways that they’re gonna commence from two flights a week to five. We’ve seen that our occupancy, our load factors on our American flights continue to grow from strength to strength. In fact one of our U.S. partner airlines is reporting a load factor of 72% from October. We’re now seeing that 80% of our hotel rooms will be opened come November 1 and many of those hotels have started rehiring persons that were employed with them previously. We’re seeing that sales locally, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, other small businesses have been picking up and that’s being reflected in the tax collection that we have as a country so the fact is that the strategy has worked and we’re slowly seeing some return to some level of normalcy,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “These are big numbers so when we say that we’ve lost almost 400-500 million dollars in tax revenue, I know that that’s a concept that may be very difficult for a lot of persons to understand but in essence we generate around 900 to 1.1 billion dollars a year in tax revenue. That’s money that we collect through taxes that assist us in funding government. So we have a short fall of 400 to 500 million dollars it becomes very difficult to make up that gap. And while we’ve been successful in negotiating soft loans from CDB and the World Bank and the IMF, Central Bank and from the Taiwanese government, we’re now in the process of making sure we get that money in and in the interim the government which would normally carry payables of about 20 million dollars on a monthly basis, meaning monies that we owe to other persons that number is upwards of 80-90 million dollars. That’s money that should be in circulation in our economy. But sadly it also means that many things that we take for granted the ordering of medicine, paying of utility bills, paying small bills for suppliers has become problematic and it has an impact on those individuals as well as to the public at large,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have no more money. What we are hoping to do is to regain the strength of our economy so many persons can be re-employed,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “I want to thank those businesses that in the worst of times maintained the employment and showed the humanitarian side of economics. But the reality is we have a battle. If in fact there is a community outbreak we have to do everything in our power to contain it as fast as possible,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “we don’t know if these people have COVID. Everybody wants to keep it a secret” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have no more money. What we are hoping to do is to regain the strength of our economy so many persons can be re-employed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “I want to thank those businesses that in the worst of times maintained the employment and showed the humanitarian side of economics. But the reality is we have a battle. If in fact there is a community outbreak we have to do everything in our power to contain it as fast as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I have asked the Ministry of Creative Industries to start dialogue with entertainers as well as the different radio stations because we would like to pass an act or a law here which would compel local radio stations to play 50 percent of their music needs from the OECS and I think the time has come,” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “I think we have enough product coming out of the OECS. Right now we’re encouraging our artistes to learn how to copyright their music and how to use YouTube and different platforms to be able to sell their music,” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Clearly, we saw the demand from overseas, and understanding how successful the programme has been in maintaining the safety of St Lucians, Cabinet agreed to extend it by one month. It then became August and we realised we could not end it in August, so we extended it by and additional month – September,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “So if you come in with a negative COVID test you go into quarantine for seven days, and if on the seventh day you test negative, we allow you to go out and that's where the monitoring bands come into place. So instead of having to remain in quarantine, we still monitor you from a contact tracing perspective,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explicó ( about de Santa ) : "La crisis actual ha hecho que muchos propietarios de negocios e inversores se den cuenta de que pueden operar de forma remota y que no hay necesidad de estar basados en las grandes ciudades. La red de banda ancha de alta velocidad de Santa Lucía y los vuelos directos a los Estados Unidos y Londres permiten un fácil acceso al resto del mundo. Nuestro compromiso inquebrantable con los más altos estándares de buen gobierno, junto con la provisión legislativa favorable de la oficina central, hace que sea atractivo para las empresas trasladar su sede a Santa Lucía. Todavía estamos en camino de cumplir nuestro objetivo de duplicar nuestro PIB en los próximos seis años" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explica ( about de Santa ) : "La crisis actual ha provocado que muchos propietarios de empresas e inversores se den cuenta que pueden operar en forma remota y que no hay necesidad de que tengan su sede en las grandes ciudades. La red de banda ancha de alta velocidad con que cuenta Santa Lucía y los vuelos directos a Estados Unidos y Londres posibilitan un fácil acceso al resto del mundo. Nuestro compromiso inquebrantable con los más altos estándares de buena gobernanza, asociados con una disposición legislativa favorable para las sedes centrales, hacen que para las empresas resulte atractivo mudar sus sedes a Santa Lucía. Todavía seguimos en camino para lograr el objetivo de duplicar nuestro PIB en los próximos seis años" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet erklärt : „Die gegenwärtige Krise hat vielen Geschäftsinhabern und Investoren zu der Erkenntnis verholfen, dass sie auch aus der Ferne operieren können und dass es nicht nötig ist, in den großen Städten ansässig zu sein. Das Hochgeschwindigkeitsnetz für Breitbandanschlüsse von St. Lucia und Direktflüge in die USA und nach London ermöglichen einen einfachen Zugang zum Rest der Welt. Unser kompromissloses Engagement für die höchsten Standards guter Unternehmensführung, gepaart mit günstigen gesetzlichen Bestimmungen für Hauptniederlassungen, macht es für Unternehmen attraktiv, ihren Firmensitz nach St. Lucia zu verlegen. Wir sind nach wie vor auf dem Weg, unser Ziel einer Verdoppelung unseres BIP in den nächsten sechs Jahren zu erreichen" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explains : "The current crisis has caused many business owners and investors to realize that they can operate remotely and that there's no need to be based in the big cities. St. Lucia's high-speed broadband network and direct flights to the US and London enable easy access to the rest of the world. Our uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of good governance, coupled with favorable head office legislative provision, makes it attractive for companies to move their headquarters to St. Lucia . We are still on track to meet our target of doubling our GDP in the next six years," External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explica ( about de Santa ) : "A crise atual fez com que muitos empresários e investidores percebessem que podem atuar remotamente e que não há necessidade de ter sede em cidades grandes" "A rede de banda larga de alta velocidade de Santa Lúcia e os voos diretos aos EUA e a Londres permitem acesso fácil ao resto do mundo. O nosso compromisso firme com os mais altos padrões de boa governança, aliado a uma disposição legislativa favorável à instalação de escritórios centrais, torna atraente a possibilidade de uma empresa mudar a sua matriz para Santa Lúcia. Ainda estamos no caminho certo para atingir o objetivo de duplicar o PIB nos próximos seis anos" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explains : "The current crisis has caused many business owners and investors to realize that they can operate remotely and that there's no need to be based in the big cities. St. Lucia's high-speed broadband network and direct flights to the US and London enable easy access to the rest of the world. Our uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of good governance, coupled with favorable head office legislative provision, makes it attractive for companies to move their headquarters to St. Lucia . We are still on track to meet our target of doubling our GDP in the next six years," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explica ( about de Santa ) : "A crise atual fez com que muitos empresários e investidores percebessem que podem atuar remotamente e que não há necessidade de ter sede em cidades grandes" "A rede de banda larga de alta velocidade de Santa Lúcia e os voos diretos aos EUA e a Londres permitem acesso fácil ao resto do mundo. O nosso compromisso firme com os mais altos padrões de boa governança, aliado a uma disposição legislativa favorável à instalação de escritórios centrais, torna atraente a possibilidade de uma empresa mudar a sua matriz para Santa Lúcia. Ainda estamos no caminho certo para atingir o objetivo de duplicar o PIB nos próximos seis anos" External link

atarde Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet says : “It’s had a devastating effect on our economy and the livelihood of our citizens,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, October 5, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This support has been immeasurable. Some of the countries who offered support and continue to do so, themselves are grappling with a multilateral order that systematically stymies their development prospects,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Not only has it affected the people of Cuba but it has also affected the entire Caribbean region. It is time to, once again, give states like Taiwan recognition so that they can meaningfully engage in global processes and share their best practices. Even as China and Taiwan have their own differences and while this is being addressed, Climate Change and the Covid-19 pandemic are stark reminders that Taiwan should not be left out of the discussions. Taiwan has its own elections, its own currency controls its own airspace and has its own military force. A population of almost 24 million people is too many to be left off the table,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We must also recognize that as the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic Taiwan has demonstrated impressive leadership, not just by their own success with managing the spread, but by coming to the aid of nations such as Saint Lucia and many other countries to provide medical resources and technical advice. The pandemic which has touched every country is a potent reminder of the interconnectedness of human societies and more reason why in building our new world economic order, we must leave no one behind, no people, no country should be allowed to fall through the cracks. Saint Lucia would never have done as well as we did with managing the pandemic without friends like the people of Taiwan and Cuba,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The pandemic, which has touched every country, is a potent reminder of the interconnectedness of human societies and more reason why in building our new world economic order, we must leave no one behind; no people, no country should be allowed to fall through the cracks,” “Saint Lucia would never have done as well as we did with managing the pandemic without friends like the people of Taiwan and Cuba,” External link

taipeitimes Sunday, September 27, 2020 7:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We build back the demand (and) as we were about to send it to Martinique again there was a significant shortfall in the Dominican Republic and Ghana, all our bananas were needed for the UK Market,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet commenting : “This is even more validation of our country’s success in the management of COVID-19,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, August 29, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We want to make Vieux-Fort competitive on a global scale. It’s not just about creating jobs. It’s creating world-class jobs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “On behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia, I offer our deepest sympathies to Taiwan at this sad time,” External link

taipeitimes Friday, July 31, 2020 8:55:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “Not only was he a patriot for Barbados but you can honestly say that he was a patriot for the Caribbean,” “He played a leadership role in the CSME. The vision he had in terms of integrating the Caribbean will always be remembered and I will always have the greatest amount of respect for him. His last role as the Chairman of LIAT is not an enviable position to be in but despite how difficult it was, even at this late stage, he was willing to take it on. I know that he was not just doing it for Barbados, he was doing it for all of us in the Caribbean. He is going to be missed. On behalf of Saint Lucia, our hearts go out to Owen Arthur’s wife and daughters and all his family and friends and to the Government and People of Barbados” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, July 27, 2020 11:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have laid the groundwork for success and COVID-19 will only cause us to push harder, be more ambitious and determined,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet reported : “Under this project, the approximately 1.7 million cubic meters of silt, which has settled in the dam and which reduced its capacity by more than 50 percent, will be removed. This would unblock the lower port of the Dam, allowing it to discharge a higher volume of raw water for processing,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 4, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The project comprises the construction of two river intake structures, two treatment plants, one at Grace and the other at Beausejour in Vieux Fort, installation of transmission mains, four pumping stations and three storage tanks,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 4, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “The National Insurance Board considered the ongoing adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business sector including the hotel sector which employs a significant percentage of its contributors,” “Having satisfied itself that a sufficiently large number of its contributors would require some relief over the next three months, the NIC examined the affordability of the programme. It would be recalled that the NIC’s decision to implement such a programme was rooted in sound financial and actuarial analysis and foremost in the mind of the Corporation was the need to ensure that the long term financial sustainability of the NIC was not compromised. It would also be recalled that the NIC considered a number of scenarios and that the worst-case scenario for a 3-month period, if claims were received from 60 percent of contributors, was $80.2 million” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, July 1, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our government wishes to place on record our deepest appreciation to the domestic financial institutions for their positive response to our early approach to them. When the virus first entered our country, our government immediately adopted a three-phased approach to tackling the crisis. Our top priority was protecting the health of Saint Lucians by ensuring that our healthcare system was prepared to deal with any possible outbreak. We negotiated with Cuba to get 110 doctors and nurses on island to provide support. We took timely and decisive actions to limit person-to-person interactions including enforcing social distancing, closing our borders, declaring a state of emergency, applying a curfew and eventually shutting down completely. We also set up quarantine facilities at three hotels and fast-tracked the move to the OKEU Hospital to facilitate Victoria Hospital becoming a respiratory centre,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Notwithstanding the level of uncertainty that the future holds, we recognized from the outset, that COVID-19 would have caused extensive social and economic dislocation and hardship for most Saint Lucians. We therefore announced a Social Stabilization Programme which comprises two components of income support. One targets NIC contributors and the other, non-NIC contributors (such as sole traders, artisans, and musicians among others),” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This Committee and its sub-committees met on numerous occasions, and after extensive discussions, where submissions were received from a wide cross-section of the public, an Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan, consisting of three economic recovery strategies and three resilience strategies were developed,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We propose offering a tax deduction to landlords of 20 percent of the monthly rental value for a period of six months. In effect, a tenant who pays a monthly rent of $1,000 may now have their rent reduced to $800 and the landlord can claim an amount of $200 per month for that period,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “This will be financed as follows: Government debt Instruments—including bonds and Treasury Bills of $267.12 million; External Borrowing of $292.86 million,” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, June 26, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “Government is pleased with the approach that the CIP Unit has used in focusing on the conduct of rigorous due diligence checks and working with our local law enforcement and the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) of CARICOM. The CIP programme will therefore be a critical element of our funding, in implementing the medium term development strategy,” External link

nationnews Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Today is the continuation of our feeding program,” “We were doing hot meals but now we are doing food boxes which will go to households. What we found with the Hot Meal program was that meals were only going to one person but with these boxes, we can now feed a household. As time went by the team reviewed the program and we believe that this will be the most effective way to bring relief to hundreds of households for the next couple of months” External link

repeatingislands Saturday, June 13, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote ( about Lives Matter ) : “While I fully appreciate the concerns about security, health and safety, especially while we remain under a State of Emergency situation, it is my view that Saint Lucia must show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The disease that is racism, with all its ominous implications, must be resisted at every opportunity, and by all of us,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : "We are at the battlefront of this issue," External link

trust2 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:17:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “Notwithstanding that this policy initiative has been extensively discussed for the last three years, we want to make sure that there is clarity in the intent and language of the legislation. Hence, we have decided to remove it off the Order Paper for the Senate at this time to allow the opportunity for further review,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our deepest condolences go out as a nation, as we note that her voice, her music and her overall legacy live on,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 23, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This is an issue we going to have to take up with the Minister of Agriculture very seriously. The opportunity for the fishermen to go back out and continue to fish was on the basis that they would work with us in identifying those individuals, and so this is something we are going to take extremely seriously because this will put the entire nation at risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I am disappointed to hear that we still have persons attempting to sneak or smuggle individuals in from Martinique into St Lucia,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I thought we had passed that point and persons would understand the irresponsibility that you are practising in doing that, not only in jeopardising your own life [but] jeopardising the life of your family, and more importantly exposing family members in Saint Lucia,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Investment Programme ) : “The significant reduction in tax revenue is influenced by the anticipated downturn in economic activity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the reclassification of revenue from the Citizenship by Investment Programme pursuant to the National Economic Development Fund Act,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “And whilst we are clearly not yet out of the woods, there is no doubt that we have been successful in this regard with a 100% recovery rate, no deaths and with no apparent current cases on the island. For that we give thanks to God. We know that many of the measures we have had to take have made life uncomfortable and difficult for many – but it was better than allowing infection and possibly death to result,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This week we will allow the operations of private doctors and clinics. Considering that many local designers, tailors and seamstresses are making masks to assist with the protocols, we will allow the opening of fabric and haberdashery stores,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We will also allow the construction sector to open up under strict protocols already outlined by the Ministry for Infrastructure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “If in any way what the government has proposed is perceived by anyone as biased or selective, we are prepared to amend wherever possible,” “What we have realised, and we have realised for some time starting back in March where I have been making pronouncements to the general public and everyone, is we need to get into the idea of rationing” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Government will provide a subsistence allowance to persons, who have been displaced (through loss of employment or income) as a result of COVID-19. This income support will be in the amount of $500 monthly for three months. This is expected to be in excess of $16.8 million, based on the number of eligible persons,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our situation today brings to light the importance of persons signing up to NIC. For those not making a contribution and who the Government will be providing support to, a precondition will be that they must sign up to the NIC,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In attempting to deal with the health crisis, we are confronted with the realities of the way this disease spreads. It is not waterborne or spread by mosquitoes and there is no vaccine. The spread is human to human and its airborne. Those conditions have caused the complete shutdown of cities, countries and now the world. In essence, this has humbled the entire Global economy,” “Here in Saint Lucia we have seen it firsthand,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our strategy was to delay a community outbreak for as long as possible and balance that with our economic capacity to do so. Taking the draconian decision from early to shut the country down would have been catastrophic. In doing this balancing act, we always leaned on the side of the protection of the health of our country,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “That contact tracing generated 100 people who had to go into self-quarantine or administrative quarantine,” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, April 6, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The curfew was a mechanism to make that happen, a form of enforcement” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, April 6, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We will maintain that curfew until Tuesday morning at five,” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, April 6, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “As of 5:00am tomorrow (April 1, 2020), every person shall remain confined to their place of residence, inclusive of their personal yards. In essence, we are going to put into effect a 24-hour curfew. A person could only leave their place of residence upon written authorization by NEMO (National Emergency Management Office) inclusive of essential services. People are not permitted to go to the beach, go for a walk or to visit their neighbour,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “NEMO will take charge of the shutdown and delivery of items to the poor and the vulnerable. The items are the basket of goods as determined by NEMO. Supermarkets will not be open tomorrow and this shall remain in effect until April 7, 5:00am,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In essence we still remain in control of our own destiny. We can still get through this with minimizing the loss of lives. But it is going to require a more stringent approach to social distancing. The difficulty at hand is that we have two choices. We can go through this very difficult and onerous curfew and remain in control of our destiny. The other alternative is to allow the virus to spread quicker, the result of that is that it will put tremendous amount of stress on our health services,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If we allow this virus to spread uncontrollably then the amount of people that will be requiring hospitalization is going to be well beyond our means and our means are limited. Even sourcing additional ventilators, sourcing more protective equipment for our nurses, doctors and police officers have become restricted,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I am appealing to all of us to find that inner strength to make it through those seven days and what other actions post the seven days,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We know that every country in the world is facing their own challenges at this time including Cuba and we are so very thankful for this immense show of brotherhood from this longstanding friend of Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “There are many people working behind the scenes to have made this happen in a short space of time and we are grateful for their hard work,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:11:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Sadly for us, despite the fact that these individuals were told that they would be quarantined, the disobedience that ensued put even more pressure on us, so we ended up having to put more nurses into that operation than we had planned, and more importantly we had to put more policemen up in that area. In fact, the SSU eventually had to be called in at the same time,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “If, we in fact already have a community outbreak taking place that we do everything to make sure that we slow it down as much as possible,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Depending on the success of that programme and what is taking place and through the advice of the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) and the collaboration of government we will determine whether this will be extended,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Those commercial entities that are going to remain open are going to be expected to put in new social behaviours,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There will be a continual tightening of passengers coming to Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our doctors, nurses and other health personnel, Air and Sea Ports personnel, firemen and women, the police have been going beyond the call of duty. They work longer hours than usual, sacrificing time away from family and loved ones. I have met many of them in recent days and my government remains committed to ensure that we do everything to support, protect and resource all our frontline professionals,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet warned : “The battle here is about saving lives,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I can assure all Saint Lucians that in the last six weeks, when it comes to making a decision between commerce and the safety of the people of this country we have always sided on the health and safety of our country,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “By treating the coronavirus as an impending hurricane, we are operating with the understanding that we have a potentially catastrophic event coming. Like a hurricane, there is uncertainty: it could hit us, or it may not hit us. When it is going to hit us and how strong it is going to be are all things that we cannot predict with any level of certainty,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “But we have all learnt how unpredictable hurricanes have become since the advent of Climate Change,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The purpose is to have a one-day discussion specifically on tourism and the coronavirus fallout, as well as preserve the global confidence in Caribbean tourism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I can report that we have run several different models in order to predict and prepare for the fallout, in particular with regard to tourism arrivals. We will not be caught off guard,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Usain Bolt ) : “The increditable story about Usain Bolt, his coach in high school was his coach for his career, the coach had the talent to be able to develop and nurture a world class Legend, that’s the quality of coaching; don’t make any mistake about it, as talented as any anybody is, it’s the involvement of a coach on a consistent basis to be able to nurture and develop and create Legends” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “No longer is our economy tied to or dependent on an agricultural mono-crop. We have diversified into tourism, manufacturing and financial services. We can never lose sight of the contribution that the banana industry made to Saint Lucia, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when alone, it created the greatest social and economic revolution in our history,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have braved many a disaster, natural or man-made, economic or political, short-term or long-term but we have survived and came back stronger. The resolve and resilience of our country and our people are assets that give us the assurance that when the tough gets going, we have the capacity to come together with common purpose to take on whatever challenge confronts us,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I addressed you at the beginning of the year, I indicated to you the areas where we had been able to record good progress, especially in lowering unemployment levels, reducing the debt to GDP ratio, easing the economic burden and improving our infrastructure. Tourism arrivals are now at record levels, and the prospects for agriculture and the manufacturing sector are extremely good. In our efforts to further diversify the economy, we have strengthened the IT sector and introduced the Headquarters Act to facilitate companies setting up headquarter operations in Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Why are our young people choosing the path to gangs? The path to a life of crime and ultimately death? This has to stop,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There are other dangerous habits which harm our country; like cheating on taxes, failure to collect taxes and dues owed to the government, whether it’s in our hospitals, Customs department or the Police Department. It cannot be right when 95 percent of the traffic tickets issued by our police remain unpaid,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “It is time to change such habits. It is time that we together identify the simple ways in which we can all pull up our socks and do our part to make Saint Lucia a better place. This is what togetherness means,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Together, let us support the positive development of our young people, attend their games, listen to their music, encourage them and volunteer our time. Together let us keep Saint Lucia clean. Together let us keep Fair Helen safe. Together let us keep Saint Lucia strong Together, let us celebrate our heroes and cherish each other’s success,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “No doubt, we will, as is customary, provide support to the five other Member States which will be holding elections during the course of 2020. These postings are crucial in ensuring transparency and accountability in the electoral process,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The involvement of outside forces in the controversy, however, could only escalate the crisis and make a resolution more difficult,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We aim to ensure that all Saint Lucians have insurance and government will cover the vulnerable, elderly and unemployed,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 4, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “I am extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Victor Maurice who served as the Chairman of the UWP Castries South Constituency Branch. He was a loyal UWP supporter and a well-known vendor around the City of Castries,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, January 30, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “First of all, the Act of the National Trust is very clear, it requires my approval and nowhere in the Act does it say I have to give a reason for it, but I was very clear and transparent and accountable to everybody in giving you several reasons,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I just don’t believe that Jeannine Compton is the best person suited for that job. And what I surely am not going to encourage or be happy with is any attempt to breach the spirit of what the Act is,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I don’t think that she has the skill set to be able to develop the Trust commercially and to marry the commercial part with the conservation. Is she a good conservationist? Has she done a great job in the marine area? We had her in the SMMA. She is also, as you know, someone we appointed in the use of the whaling institute,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “It means that the effort we are making right now to beef up our police force is absolutely needed…” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “While we have not achieved the kind of success we would all want we know that the effort we are making will begin to pay off. We remain committed to the multi-pronged strategy to significantly reduce crime,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about St Jude ) : “We have another 50 million dollars that we are currently engaging in. Already 20 million of that has been approved for the St Jude Hospital which would bring the total amount of 30 million dollars that we would have used currently from the Taiwanese. We had 10 million dollars that remained from the 20 million dollars that was loaned. It will be 30 million dollars in total that my government has engaged with the Taiwanese on St Jude’s,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:07:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We look forward to working more closely together on our countries’ shared mutual interests. I want to thank British Airways and their staff for their continuous support to our destination and of course for flying Boris into Saint Lucia today. We look forward to welcoming him for a longer stay very very soon!” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, December 27, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “What I want Saint Lucians to really appreciate is to look at the Caribbean. You have Port of Spain; Bridgetown; Kingston and Montego Bay, if I go around the Caribbean and ask people, give me the top 10 Cities, when do you think Vieux Fort or Castries would come in to that picture” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, December 21, 2019 6:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The smiles of peoples faces the experiences people are having today says so much. Saint Lucians have been wanting something like this new industry of horse racing and now they have it,” “The facility here is world class. Saint Lucia is now positioned to be part of the international racing fraternity and a leader in the region. We need to continue working now to build upon the goodwill and success of today and also work with our peers around the region to grow this sport and to create more opportunities for Saint Lucians” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:25:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “Our Foundation is honoured to produce the 4th Annual Officers’ Ball which recognizes the efforts of our hard-working police and fire officers whose sacrifices and commitment to service and country inspire us all. If we all work together, we can ensure that they have what they need to carry out their duties in a more efficient and effective manner which ultimately benefits us all” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, December 15, 2019 2:04:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Government of St Lucia lends its full support to the new Administration bearing in mind the deep ties which exist between our two countries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is no intention on my government’s part to privatize OKEU and there never has been,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have to ensure that when we are transferring into OKEU that we have an operating procedure that is going to allow it to be efficient,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “This will take operations at the site to 24/7 and full steam ahead as 300 plus men and women work on one of the most important projects in the history of Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “That's certainly something that is going to require a lot of dialogue and discussion,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The intention here was to be a JV partner with them on the horse racing track because the horse racing track will bring benefits to the developer as well as to the state. We are looking at different mechanisms in terms of how we can do that,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd ) : “St Lucia has had record breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination,” “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that St Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity. This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises. We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of St Lucia and for our island as a whole” External link

caribbean360 Friday, October 25, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd ) : “St. Lucia has had record-breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination,” “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that St. Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity. This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises. We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of St. Lucia and for our island as a whole” External link

thedailyherald Friday, October 25, 2019 12:13:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd ) : “Saint Lucia has had record breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination,” “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that Saint Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity. This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises. We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of Saint Lucia and for our island as a whole” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “I know that the situation is getting worse there. I know that we were due to first send a technical team to go there, but unfortunately, with the current crisis, that visit by the technical team has been postponed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 15, 2019 8:44:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are small but not insignificant […] we are constrained but not uncommitted,” External link

un-org Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:20:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Even if we cannot be physically in Victoria, elements of Victoria will be placed in an upgraded facility on the Chaussee so that’s an additional amount of money that will be created in that position,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Member is misleading the House,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, September 21, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “Fellow Saint Lucians, please be aware that there is currently another impersonator Facebook profile in my name, which has been directly messaging social media users offering grants and other types of financial opportunities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:57:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet asked : “When you add the air traffic control, the resurfacing of the runway and the new taxiway… the entire amount comes to around US$200 million. So, the point is where is this money going to miraculously come from?” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:58:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I also appeal to the international community, governments and institutions to come forward and partner with us in helping The Bahamas through the difficult days and months ahead. I call on all the people of the Caribbean to continue to keep The Bahamas and all countries affected by, or currently in the path of Hurricane Dorian in our thoughts and prayers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This morning he was able to fly over Grand Bahama and Abaco with the assistance of the US government,” External link

htsstlucia Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:55:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “It is essential to us as a Government that the entire country feel the impact of what it means to build a new Saint Lucia,” “From the outset we have shown our commitment to the south and we will be spending even more time here due to the level of activity we anticipate in the southern districts” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is currently a review taking place to examine some of these shelters. Some of them we don’t believe should be called shelters anymore,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet says : “This is the trophy you should be proud about” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, August 16, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I am completely cognisant of the officers that are involved in the IMPACS and how difficult it must be for them,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “As a Government we have over the last three years greatly deepened our ties with your country and we have broadened areas of co-operation. Taiwan has been instrumental in the development of our country in many areas and it is our hope that this visit will give us an opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation, and share our country’s beauty and culture with you,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Almost from day one, your country, Madame President, has been in the forefront of providing grant and loan assistance to Saint Lucia to finance the rebuilding but we have had a series of setbacks and challenges along the way that have caused frustration to both our government and our people as well as to those who had offered a hand in helping us cope with the fallout from the disastrous fire. Notwithstanding this, we are motivated to deliver to the people and it is because our resolve to rebuild this hospital is strong that we are gathered here today,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This form of assistance can never be quantified in terms of dollars,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “It will comprise a new wing to incorporate all the functions and services of the existing East and Surgical Wings; inter- connected two-storey structures to be erected on the left-hand side of the entrance to the existing site; integration through retrofitting of some existing buildings to achieve a fully functioning hospital to match the services of a level 4 facility; and revision of the internal layout of buildings to be integrated for functional efficacy and compliance to minimum standards,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “It is a great honour to have President Tsai visit Saint Lucia,” “Saint Lucia has over the past three years greatly deepened our ties with Taiwan and we have broadened areas of co-operation. Taiwan has been instrumental in the development of our country in so many areas and this gives us an opportunity show our gratitude and share our country’s beauty and culture with President Tsai” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:51:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If we were to have adaptation, it is impossible to use current resources or to have borrowed money to fulfill needs from adaptation,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:56:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The expectation is that at a very high level we can start integrating with the Florida politicians and they can assist with our lobbying efforts in Washington DC,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, July 9, 2019 11:47:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The expectation is that at a very high level that we can start integrating with the Florida politicians and assist us in our lobbying efforts in Washington,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, July 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “But the expectation is that we are going to be making a wider presentation to the SIDS in September and if in fact they are able to obtain the final endorsement from both CARICOM and also the Pacific SIDS the intention would be to try and quickly move to meet with some of the ODA (overseas development assistance) countries and multilaterals in terms of getting funds into this thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “These and other issues require us as Caricom and as small island developing states to make some bold choices to secure our mere existence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 5, 2019 8:26:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “Whilst we are in no way satisfied with where we currently are, we can proudly acknowledge that St Lucia is in a much better position than it was three years ago,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “One of the possibilities we explored with OPIC was the investment of the project,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Gros Islet ) : “The first phase of the project is critical to us because of the traffic congestion we are experiencing between Castries and Gros Islet. We do not have the physical space to introduce a four-lane highway,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “These clubs will offer basketball, track & field, swimming, football and cricket at both the primary and secondary school levels and at the senior level,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I came in, I found there were 11 social workers. Seventeen constituencies, you don’t have one per constituency? We are saying we need to have a minimum of 30,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There are times when the police are involved in the cases and you need an independent source to help you with the investigation,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is no one solution to the problem that we have,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The critical thing here is not why we have to do it, it’s not how we are supposed to do it, but where are we going to get the resources to do it,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The main purpose of the meeting was continual discussions about how we were going to build up a stronger regional security force,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The critical thing here is not why we have to do it, it’s not how we are supposed to do it, but where we are going to get the resources to do it,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have the Venezuela situation. The world is changing very fast, there is a constant fear of terrorism and it is important to this region to do what it can to protect itself and have a more coordinated approach towards security,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “We did not capture any of the evidence. We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I went to Trinidad you are seeing it is much bigger than that. There are thousands of Venezuelans who are coming across on a regular basis and taking up residence in Trinidad, which is now putting pressure on the education system, the health care system and the local policing system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “We did not capture any of the evidence. We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I went to Trinidad you are seeing it is much bigger than that. There are thousands of Venezuelans who are coming across on a regular basis and taking up residence in Trinidad which is now putting pressure on the education system, the health care system and the local policing system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added ( about Ubaldus Raymond ) : “When we understood that this was much broader than the situation between him (Raymond) and the young lady we felt that it was necessary to do an investigation,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I will identify in greater detail some of the game changers in the six strategic areas outlined as I proceed, but I wanted to draw to the attention of this Honourable House and to the country that this Budget is about much more than debt management, fiscal strategy and tax reform. It is about building a culture of delivery to implement the social and economic platforms critical for robust growth that will provide a fair share for every Saint Lucian and take us to a different level,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our debt to GDP is coming down, although it is still a bit above the prudential benchmark, the debt to GDP ratio has fallen from 67.7 percent in 2015, to 64.9 percent in 2018; Stay Over Visitors have increased from 344,000 in 2015, to 394,000 in 2018; Cruise Visitors continue to break records and have increased from 677,000 in 2015 to 760,000 in 2018; Investors continue to want to finance tourism development. There is a primary surplus; the fiscal deficit is within manageable limits and unemployment has fallen from 24.1 percent in 2015 to 20.2 percent in 2018,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Despite all of these positives, Saint Lucia has been lagging behind our ECCU neighbours in what the experts call Quality of Life Indices. Unemployment, especially among young people is too high; poverty is still too widespread; education is not meeting the needs of students or businesses; healthcare is inadequate and crime continues to rise. This is the experience of the average Saint Lucian. We cannot run away from it. This Government will not run away from it. We are going to continue to meet it head on. What is required is our continued commitment and perseverance. If we don’t continue on this path we will be doomed to a cycle of wash, rinse, and repeat for another twenty years if we do not act now,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This is the premise in which this year’s budget is grounded – the need to break free from stagnation and focus on the things that are going to turn lives and the country around. There is urgent need to unlock the opportunities that will propel every Saint Lucian to an acceptable standard of living and offer the chance to build wealth for themselves and their families. This is our singular focus. We are all going to have to get used to doing things differently if we are going to hit our targets and make a difference in people’s lives. The people of Saint Lucia demand this and they deserve no less,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We note with interest, the increasing trade tensions between the US and China, and we are aware of the possible fallout this could have on global trade. The World seems to be retreating from globalization as nationalism takes a deeper hold in the US and across Europe. Brexit remains an unresolved crisis with few commentators able to reach a consensus on the long-term effects it will have on the global economy,” “Uncertainty in the economies of our source markets for tourism and investment could pose a threat to us and we are watching these developments closely. It is therefore even more critical that we position ourselves to accelerate growth in order to mitigate any external shocks that any of these issues could give rise to,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Across the ECCU (Eastern Caribbean Currency Union), adverse weather events continue to pose a threat to our agriculture and in extreme cases, such as Dominica, this can grind economic activity to a perilous halt. It is therefore critical that we continue to build resilience into our infrastructure and among our people,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Public Medical Assistance increased significantly from an approved budget of approximately $800,000 in 2018/2019 to well over $5 million. More people will be employed in various key departments such as the Department of Home Affairs, Department of Justice, and the Attorney General’s Chambers,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The bulk of my government’s capital allocation is geared towards improvements in the agricultural production, infrastructural development, sports infrastructure, health and education,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Though we continue to experience budget deficits, I am pleased to report that the budget out-turn for the fiscal year 2018/2019 indicates a lower overall deficit of $68.43 million, compared to the estimated deficit of $163.92 million in the approved estimates for that year,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Income Tax ) : “This performance is largely influenced by higher than projected inflows from Import Duty, Service Charge, VAT, Income Tax, and CIP receipts. Receipts from CIP donations registered the most significant improvement with a surplus of $37.3 million or 126 per cent. above the estimates for the fiscal year 2018/2019,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Certainly, when I have all the facts, I will be very happy to be able to do that (speak on the matter),” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “That’s why I’d rather not comment on it,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If in fact there is something that’s wrong, we will amend it. We tried our best to get it right the first time but if in fact we don’t we will keep it back until we get it right. That’s my commitment. I’m not going to stand by something that is wrong,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “That’s why I’d rather not comment on it,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:13:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “Most people recognise the need for new elections. The world remains divided on that. I think there is a growing consensus that there needs to be fresh elections in Venezuela to resolve the humanitarian crisis,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:03:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asked : “If I had money in LIAT and now it is bankrupt again would I put money in without knowing that there would be a major restructuring?” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “How could I be assured that the results that happened the last eight years would change versus moving forward another eight years? This is a very difficult situation. Saint Lucia clearly believes there need to be open skies. We think there are other players in the region that are prepared to step in to be able to service some routes and the fact that one aircraft type, particularly an ATR, in our humble opinion cannot serve the region, there has to be an integration of multiple airlines because there are smaller planes that are required for instance on the Saint Lucia / Saint Vincent and the Grenadines route,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Saint Lucia is not saying no, but there is a lot more detail that would be required in order for us to make a final decision,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT



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Philip J Pierre wrote ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “To my fellow Saint Lucians, press on. Let’s reclaim our Saint Lucia. We must continue to agitate for what is right because to be silent is to be complicit in Allen Chastanet and his party’s vindictive and callous ways,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Nicole McDonald said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “He (Prime Minister Chastanet) said the pilot was very professional in terms of explaining to them what the situation was. He did say it was not as close as is being reported,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “Given that Virgin Atlantic’s daily operations into Saint Lucia contributes to the island’s economic development and given that the withdrawal of Virgin Atlantic from Saint Lucia will result in reduced passenger numbers, which will impact negatively on revenues, hotel occupancy, demand for taxi service and other direct spending in the local economy, the Allen Chastanet led administration should establish a framework for a more structured dialogue with all stakeholders in order to comprehend this potential loss, in all of its ramifications and to proffer appropriate solutions,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “Over the years, on the basis of agreed areas of cooperation, the Government and People of Taiwan have assisted Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians in agriculture, ICT and community infrastructure to name a few. For example, in our efforts at Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, the Taiwanese invested over EC$20 million dollars in constructing an abattoir (meat processing facility) for Saint Lucia and its livestock farmers. This state-of-the-art abattoir, which is fully completed and equipped, is to be sacrificed to facilitate the construction of a horse racing track for the entertainment of an exclusive few. Hence, the entire Beausejour agricultural and livestock area of Vieux Fort has been transformed into a playground for the political games of Allen Chastanet and company, at the expense of the ODA from the ROC (Taiwan), and to the detriment of Saint Lucia’s livestock farmers and the local livestock industry,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste asserted ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “It is blood-curdling to note that the Allen Chastanet-led administration has treated, as sunk costs (wasted money), the tens of Millions of dollars invested by the ROC (Taiwan) in the rehabilitation of the Saint Jude Hospital, which was nearing completion when this wicked and uncaring administration took over the levers of power on June 6th 2016. The hospital, which was near completion, could have been finished with the loan funds of US$20 million that were made available by the ROC (Taiwan) and partially drawn down. To have aborted the completion of the Hospital and leave the buildings unattended for more than three years, for no valid reason, is a clear and categorical abuse of the generosity of the Government and People of the ROC (Taiwan) by the Allen Chastanet-led Administration. All of this neglect has caused a serious deterioration in the healthcare situation in Saint Lucia, while Allen Chastanet and his apostles can travel the World luxuriously to obtain medical care while the majority of Saint Lucians cannot afford such luxuries,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste noted ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “what has the ROC (Taiwan) done to Allen Chastanet to be treated with such contempt and disrespect?” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “The disrespect is expected to reach a climax during a UWP planned sod turning ceremony for the new and unnecessary structure they want to erect at the Saint Jude Hospital grounds, by forcing the President of Taiwan to participate. Instead of embarrassing the President of the ROC (Taiwan) with his political games, Allen Chastanet should observe the protocol and allow, as is customary, an official engagement between the President of the ROC (Taiwan) and the Leader of the Opposition of Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste noted ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “The Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) makes it unmistakably clear that it is vehemently opposed to these useless and extravagant borrowings by this Allen Chastanet Administration, and that the Government of the ROC (Taiwan) should exercise an abundance of caution in its response to the financial adventurism of this current Saint Lucian administration, because when we re-enter office, we shall revisit those reckless arrangements, for appropriate remedial action to be taken,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “It is also important for us to emphasize, with much concern, that many foreign governments contributed willingly, but in a very difficult environment for sourcing ODA, towards the reconstruction of the Saint Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project, including the ROC (Taiwan), which provided Saint Lucia with EC $22.5 million in grant funding and US$20 million in loan funding. This was done for the benefit of the Saint Lucian people and at the sacrifice of the Taiwanese people, but the actions of the Allen Chastanet-led administration are jeopardizing our chances of mobilizing the international community for future support to assist our development,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “So when Saint Lucia has a government such as this Allen Chastanet-led United Workers Party, that simply destroys millions of dollars in assistance from sympathetic countries that are trying to assist us in charting the true and real development of our country; we are destroying our country’s reputation, and it does not create an improved framework for Saint Lucia to attract foreign assistance,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Hubert Minnis said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “Prime Minister Chastanet and I challenged CARICOM ministers of tourism to develop a strategy paper on how member countries might use the resources presently available to us to execute research,” “It is only through the use of empirical data that we will be able to effectively implement marketing and productive development strategies that will improve our tourism products and better the lives of our citizens” External link

jonesbahamas Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

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Allen Chastanet declared : “The expansion of the water development up north and what does that mean and how does that relate to ‘chin, chin, chin’ …persons no longer had to buy water tanks, that’s cost-saving,” “Persons did not have to pay for a water truck during the drought, because water is available. That’s ‘chin, chin, chin’” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:25:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “We increased the subsidies for the school feeding programme and for the bus transportation programme,” “Why? Because we said while we are building a new Saint Lucia, we must do things to help the more vulnerable persons in our society,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:25:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The moment that we re-introduced the state of emergency …we were able to now bring our numbers back down,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “Their concern is whether the state of emergency is going to impede or derail the ability to have what they consider to be a normal election,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The state of emergency is required to be the legislative tool to allow us to implement a curfew system,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:20:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “As you have seen, the curfew times, along with the economic activity are the two things we use to try to keep COVID under control,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:20:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “In our overall efforts to enhance the brand that is Saint Lucia, we will not forget our creatives,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 24, 2021 11:31:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asserted : “The message to our musicians, artists, producers, designers, costume makers, suppliers and other partners …is let’s come together to show the world the quality that Saint Lucia offers” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 24, 2021 11:31:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are entering into an agreement …and those terms are currently being negotiated and we are looking for a substitute place to put the police officers,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “During the current financial year, work will commence on a complex which will house the headquarters of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, court facilities and the remand facilities,” “For too long we have housed our police in sub-standard facilities,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Contrary to what our critics are saying, keeping our hotels and borders open, together with our protocols have been critical to our success thus far. As a result, Mr. Speaker, as of July to December, this year, we will have more airlift into Saint Lucia than we had at that same time in 2019,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Output in the tourism sector is estimated to have declined by about 60 percent in 2020, as a result of the decline in the number of visitors to Saint Lucia which fell by almost 65 percent compared to the previous year when we recorded 1,297,163 (there were 458,943 visitors in 2020),” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In order to support the sector the Government fast tracked projects and increased public sector expenditure to just over $200 million on preplanned projects to stimulate the economy. Given closures and employment losses in tourism and elsewhere, private sector construction activity in 2020 was insufficient to stave off an overall contraction in the sector, estimated at 9.9 percent,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This outturn was not offset by exports to the region which also recorded a decline of over 25 percent. The critical importance of tourism is further demonstrated by the fact that most sub-sectors of agriculture that supplied the tourism industry such as the non-banana agriculture, livestock, local fishing as well as the emerging new sectors like seamoss production among others, posted contractions in performance on account of the loss of the critical demand provided by the tourist market,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Keeping our borders open so some hotels could operate safely, supporting the expansion of our call centres, all helped to curtail the fallout from job losses due to the pandemic,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted ( about Industrial Revolution ) : “that while the world prepares to enter the fourth Industrial Revolution characterized by increased ICT integration and digitization of the global economy, developing countries like ours must simultaneously embark on our own infrastructural revolution while repositioning our economies to optimize the benefits that the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asserted : “We are forging ahead and have been preparing ourselves to take advantage of the opportunities that we know will arise as the world re-opens and returns to some level of normalcy” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The closure of the tourism sector and the attendant consequences reflected in high levels of unemployment, reduced economic activity and lower tax revenues have left this government with little fiscal head room and very few policy options to respond to the economic fallout triggered by the pandemic. Mr. Speaker, it is worth highlighting that this government has taken the deliberate approach of not tokenizing investment in infrastructure as was done by previous administrations. But rather we understand that if Saint Lucia is to live up to its 50 potential, and to escape the lethargic economic performance that has characterized the past two decades, and accelerate the rate of growth of our economy – innovative investments in public infrastructure are required,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In fact, Mr. Speaker, the IMF has urged governments to spare no effort in utilizing the arsenal of infrastructure investment to alleviate the economic impact of the pandemic, by providing short-term employment and income to households. But importantly, Mr. Speaker, the IMF cautioned that such investment must expand the productive capacity of countries and must critically have the ability to repay themselves in the future, without compromising their future fiscal positions,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are committed to a citizen-centric approach to our engagement with the public and this became even more relevant with the advent of COVID19,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 17, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are setting up a structure for any Saint Lucian family that wants to accommodate a Vincentian family,” “This is a time when we need to show our support for our brothers and sisters in need and assist in any small way we can” External link

reliefWeb Friday, April 16, 2021 3:46:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “At this level, the Budget targets a Primary Deficit of 4.3 percent of GDP,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:31:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “Though we are adjusting the curfew and making other slight changes to allow more businesses to operate, we must remain vigilant,” “We have seen how quickly things can transform in the COVID-19 environment and we must do what works which is wearing our masks, washing and sanitizing our hands and social distancing. The adjustment of the protocols is not a reason to let down our guard” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, March 12, 2021 1:10:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness has been at the forefront of the management of COVID-19 and I want to commend them for their continued persistence and refinement of processes,” “This improvement in testing augurs well for the country and the overall fight against COVID-19 and though we are not out the woods, Saint Lucia is stronger than ever to continue to manage the pandemic” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 6, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia, I congratulate and thank Chairperson Honourable Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre and the entire Independence Committee for the hard work in putting the activities together,” “Going virtual with the events really encouraged persons to take part in online competitions and submit their videos about their communities. I thank all who have participated in the online challenges and competitions. The way we celebrated Independence 42 marks a new dawn for the Annual celebration and reinforces the importance of creative collaboration as we move away from traditional modes of entertainment and expression” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, March 1, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our National Television Network and all the producers really raised the standard. I thank all the staff for their dedication and outstanding commitment to ensuring that the virtual programming went out to the nation in quality and style. NTN has been for the past 11 months key in the Nation’s COVID-19 response, their flexibility and ability to move with the times is commendable,” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, March 1, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “my message to the people of Saint Lucia, is forward-looking…” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “Even while we continue to fight COVID, we must also begin to look beyond it, to position ourselves and our country to overcome this pandemic and the scars it will leave on our country in much the same way that we have overcome every natural disaster or challenge that has confronted us in the past, especially since Independence 42 years ago” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asserted : “Our country has struck a balance, thanks in great part, to the thousands of frontline workers who toiled at great risk during the past eleven months to serve us all so well. You all have our eternal gratitude” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Association ) : “They’re the ones who are really at the forefront of fighting this battle for us so I just want to thank them all. I want to thank the Medical and Dental Association for their role in this, not only in terms of providing guidance and recommendations,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are not out of the woods but we’re certainly trending in the right direction and people need to continue to practice the protocols, so wear your masks, wash your hands and the social distancing. I’m also very excited because the 3000 vaccines that we’ve received is just the beginning so we are receiving an additional dosage of about 25,000 to 40, 000 from the Indian government as a grant and we’re getting another 77,000 from COVAX which is through a UN organization and we are actively pursuing the purchase of the remaining 180,000 and I think that we’re getting close that we’ll be able to announce something very soon, but certainly I think that what we’ve achieved so far is putting us absolutely on the right track and giving people a substantial amount of hope,” “I’m certainly hoping that that hope doesn’t cause people to let down their guard. Even with the vaccine we still have to continue to practice the protocols until we know that we’ve rid ourselves of this virus,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “This is amongst the biggest threat in our fight against COVID-19, and hence the need for the curfew, which now will allow the police to better manage and contain these illegal activities by restricting movement at those times” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:28:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet declared : “Every Independence is an important milestone for this country,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 13, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our tourism industry is back on the rebound. Leading into January 2021, over 5000 hospitality workers, over 1000 taxi drivers, tour company operators, had returned to work,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 6, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The people who work in the hotels want to work to take care of themselves and their families. All the other people involved in the tourism sector, from restaurants to suppliers of goods and services, have been consulted and they approved our protocols in keeping the sector open. If it gets to the point when we see that the risk to Saint Lucians is too great and will put their health and safety at risk, we will have no hesitation in shutting down,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, February 6, 2021 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The full list will be published in the revised statutory instrument on wwwcovid-19 response.lc,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, February 5, 2021 3:16:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “We know it will be an inconvenience to all of you,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, February 5, 2021 3:16:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We’ve had a vision and passion to make sure that we can equip our young persons to be competitive on a global basis. Smart Saint Lucia is a major objective of this Government and it includes laying down the infrastructure to facilitate our ability to interact on a global level,” “With climate change and other world events, we must embed resilience in everything that we do” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our country will go back to a SOE effective Wednesday February 3, 2021, for an initial period of seven days. This will allow us to further restrict movement with a curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, effective Wednesday February 3, 2021. The COVID-19 Act is being amended to reduce operation hours for businesses operations to coincide with this curfew,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The SIDS, there are about 44 of them and (make up) less than ½ % of the emissions globally, but yet we’re being asked to reach the same standards as everyone else” “We are investing money into both adaptation and resilience,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 30, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Saint Lucians have been able to bring in and receive essential supplies, educational supplies and other products to help make it through this difficult time and we recognize that there are some who would still like this opportunity,” “There are some people who have just been able to get back to work not just here but abroad and this would go a long way in helping the diaspora especially to assist where they can” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, January 29, 2021 12:19:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Sadly I am here today because we’ve heard over the last couple of days of two heinous crimes that have taken place. One, of a female who was raped in Jacmel and the body of another female that was discovered at Pigeon Island. First let me say my condolences to all family members, I know how difficult this must be and how shocking it is and all of our heartfelt warmth, prayers go out to you today and to be assured of all of our continued support. I also want to say how grieved I am, how upset I am that we still have these types of crimes taking place in our society,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This takes a holistic approach to solve. We first have the police force which needed to be strengthened and we’ve been doing so: better communications systems, CCT cameras, new vehicles, better training and recently promotions for those officers and physically improving their offices as well as their own personal facilities,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “My government will continue to do everything it thinks necessary to take care of the lives and live-lihoods of Saint Lucians. We will continue to make those tough decisions because we care, we all care, there’s no one person that I believe would deliberately want to hurt anyone in Saint Lucia, but we all have to rise to the occasion and beat this enemy,” “Given the numbers that we currently have, we’re in a red zone, we need to understand that we are on alert and it’s very easy for these numbers to multiply. The moment we let our guard down, every single time that we’ve let our guard down, the numbers multiply,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We cannot shut the country down entirely but we have to restrict our interactions. We must de-mand from ourselves that we do the right things all the time. When you’re out in public, wear your mask, continue to hand sanitize, continue the social distancing, stay home, limit your interactions with persons but also we all have to hold each other accountable. We have to, in essence, be each others brother’s keeper, not only in taking care of each other, but also, demanding that we all adhere to the protocols. So Saint Lucia, the decision as to whether we have to shut down the country is ours, the decision as to whether we’re going to defeat COVID is ours,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “It is welcomed news that the US, Canada and the UK have recently all decided to adopt PCR Testing for returning passengers. This will go a long way in being able to regain confidence in travel,” “Saint Lucia wants the world to know that we do support this decision and we have been preparing ourselves to ensure that anyone leaving the country can be facilitated with the PCR Test, in a timely manner to ensure that passengers meet these new standards to travel. This adoption of pre-testing for travel internationally confirms that Saint Lucia has always had the right idea of how to move forward; especially as we knew how important Tourism was to our economy, we had to start somewhere” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, January 15, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If there is an evacuation of the immediate area, a lot of lands would be vacated and clearly, there may need to be assistance provided by sister islands to assist them with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 10:41:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “He dreamed big, he thought big, he acted big. He was a visionary, a pioneer and a trailblazer. His son Adam described him as a 'superhero' and I concur because what he did for this region as a whole and for the islands in which he invested was transformative,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “Certainly I can say to you that if I need to travel I am going to have the vaccine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The intention is service that currently attracts a Vat rate of 10% to attract a Vat rate of 7%,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our primary goal as a government is to assist in minimizing any increase in the price of accommodation on the island, whilst transferring costs associated with destination marketing, management and development to the tourism sector,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “It is important to emphasize that the reduction in the VAT rate from 10 % to 7 % is only on the service of the sleeping accommodation and all other assimilated goods and services will continue to attract a Vat rate of 10%. This … is to maintain our competitiveness as a destination” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This is our war to lose, this is our war to win. If we have to keep our borders open and persons working, we must stop this community spread. We know that restrictions put in place cause hardship on certain sectors, but we must all work together for the greater good to protect the vulnerable in our society,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, November 7, 2020 8:15:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is going to be some new protocols coming in place with regards to the border control, which will include the fishermen. An announcement will be made… and I know we’re going to be meeting with the different associations, but the likelihood is by Monday, that we will be suspending licenses for fishermen to go out, for at least one week. Again, that is to regain control of our borders and we will be looking at other measures to significantly strengthen our borders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Despite the effects of the pandemic, the Saint Lucia Government has embarked upon a multiplicity of policy responses to help mitigate the effects of the crisis, and to bring relief to the most vulnerable groups,” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, November 1, 2020 4:29:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “What I don’t want is for us to close down the country, and the point I made was, if we have to close down the country, we don’t have the money to redo all the things that we did the first time,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “What I don't want is for us to close down the country, and the point I made was, if we have to close down the country, we don't have the money to redo all the things that we did the first time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If a bus driver doesn’t have on his mask or persons on the bus don’t have their mask on, as difficult as it is don’t board the bus, take down his number and file a complaint, because that will come back to haunt you” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, October 16, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The economic impact is beyond words in terms of the job losses, the revenue losses to persons with businesses … and the great amount of uncertainty that has been created. But I’m very proud again of the plans that we have as a country in slowly reopening our international borders, gaining confidence locally that we can coexist with COVID while we open up our international borders,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about British ) : “It means that by taking care of business at home we have put ourselves in a substantially better position and what’s the result of that? We’ve seen flights resume. In fact just this week we’ve gotten notice from British Airways that they’re gonna commence from two flights a week to five. We’ve seen that our occupancy, our load factors on our American flights continue to grow from strength to strength. In fact one of our U.S. partner airlines is reporting a load factor of 72% from October. We’re now seeing that 80% of our hotel rooms will be opened come November 1 and many of those hotels have started rehiring persons that were employed with them previously. We’re seeing that sales locally, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, other small businesses have been picking up and that’s being reflected in the tax collection that we have as a country so the fact is that the strategy has worked and we’re slowly seeing some return to some level of normalcy,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “These are big numbers so when we say that we’ve lost almost 400-500 million dollars in tax revenue, I know that that’s a concept that may be very difficult for a lot of persons to understand but in essence we generate around 900 to 1.1 billion dollars a year in tax revenue. That’s money that we collect through taxes that assist us in funding government. So we have a short fall of 400 to 500 million dollars it becomes very difficult to make up that gap. And while we’ve been successful in negotiating soft loans from CDB and the World Bank and the IMF, Central Bank and from the Taiwanese government, we’re now in the process of making sure we get that money in and in the interim the government which would normally carry payables of about 20 million dollars on a monthly basis, meaning monies that we owe to other persons that number is upwards of 80-90 million dollars. That’s money that should be in circulation in our economy. But sadly it also means that many things that we take for granted the ordering of medicine, paying of utility bills, paying small bills for suppliers has become problematic and it has an impact on those individuals as well as to the public at large,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have no more money. What we are hoping to do is to regain the strength of our economy so many persons can be re-employed,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “I want to thank those businesses that in the worst of times maintained the employment and showed the humanitarian side of economics. But the reality is we have a battle. If in fact there is a community outbreak we have to do everything in our power to contain it as fast as possible,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “we don’t know if these people have COVID. Everybody wants to keep it a secret” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have no more money. What we are hoping to do is to regain the strength of our economy so many persons can be re-employed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “I want to thank those businesses that in the worst of times maintained the employment and showed the humanitarian side of economics. But the reality is we have a battle. If in fact there is a community outbreak we have to do everything in our power to contain it as fast as possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I have asked the Ministry of Creative Industries to start dialogue with entertainers as well as the different radio stations because we would like to pass an act or a law here which would compel local radio stations to play 50 percent of their music needs from the OECS and I think the time has come,” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “I think we have enough product coming out of the OECS. Right now we’re encouraging our artistes to learn how to copyright their music and how to use YouTube and different platforms to be able to sell their music,” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Clearly, we saw the demand from overseas, and understanding how successful the programme has been in maintaining the safety of St Lucians, Cabinet agreed to extend it by one month. It then became August and we realised we could not end it in August, so we extended it by and additional month – September,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “So if you come in with a negative COVID test you go into quarantine for seven days, and if on the seventh day you test negative, we allow you to go out and that's where the monitoring bands come into place. So instead of having to remain in quarantine, we still monitor you from a contact tracing perspective,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explicó ( about de Santa ) : "La crisis actual ha hecho que muchos propietarios de negocios e inversores se den cuenta de que pueden operar de forma remota y que no hay necesidad de estar basados en las grandes ciudades. La red de banda ancha de alta velocidad de Santa Lucía y los vuelos directos a los Estados Unidos y Londres permiten un fácil acceso al resto del mundo. Nuestro compromiso inquebrantable con los más altos estándares de buen gobierno, junto con la provisión legislativa favorable de la oficina central, hace que sea atractivo para las empresas trasladar su sede a Santa Lucía. Todavía estamos en camino de cumplir nuestro objetivo de duplicar nuestro PIB en los próximos seis años" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explica ( about de Santa ) : "La crisis actual ha provocado que muchos propietarios de empresas e inversores se den cuenta que pueden operar en forma remota y que no hay necesidad de que tengan su sede en las grandes ciudades. La red de banda ancha de alta velocidad con que cuenta Santa Lucía y los vuelos directos a Estados Unidos y Londres posibilitan un fácil acceso al resto del mundo. Nuestro compromiso inquebrantable con los más altos estándares de buena gobernanza, asociados con una disposición legislativa favorable para las sedes centrales, hacen que para las empresas resulte atractivo mudar sus sedes a Santa Lucía. Todavía seguimos en camino para lograr el objetivo de duplicar nuestro PIB en los próximos seis años" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet erklärt : „Die gegenwärtige Krise hat vielen Geschäftsinhabern und Investoren zu der Erkenntnis verholfen, dass sie auch aus der Ferne operieren können und dass es nicht nötig ist, in den großen Städten ansässig zu sein. Das Hochgeschwindigkeitsnetz für Breitbandanschlüsse von St. Lucia und Direktflüge in die USA und nach London ermöglichen einen einfachen Zugang zum Rest der Welt. Unser kompromissloses Engagement für die höchsten Standards guter Unternehmensführung, gepaart mit günstigen gesetzlichen Bestimmungen für Hauptniederlassungen, macht es für Unternehmen attraktiv, ihren Firmensitz nach St. Lucia zu verlegen. Wir sind nach wie vor auf dem Weg, unser Ziel einer Verdoppelung unseres BIP in den nächsten sechs Jahren zu erreichen" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explains : "The current crisis has caused many business owners and investors to realize that they can operate remotely and that there's no need to be based in the big cities. St. Lucia's high-speed broadband network and direct flights to the US and London enable easy access to the rest of the world. Our uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of good governance, coupled with favorable head office legislative provision, makes it attractive for companies to move their headquarters to St. Lucia . We are still on track to meet our target of doubling our GDP in the next six years," External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explica ( about de Santa ) : "A crise atual fez com que muitos empresários e investidores percebessem que podem atuar remotamente e que não há necessidade de ter sede em cidades grandes" "A rede de banda larga de alta velocidade de Santa Lúcia e os voos diretos aos EUA e a Londres permitem acesso fácil ao resto do mundo. O nosso compromisso firme com os mais altos padrões de boa governança, aliado a uma disposição legislativa favorável à instalação de escritórios centrais, torna atraente a possibilidade de uma empresa mudar a sua matriz para Santa Lúcia. Ainda estamos no caminho certo para atingir o objetivo de duplicar o PIB nos próximos seis anos" External link

prnewswire Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explains : "The current crisis has caused many business owners and investors to realize that they can operate remotely and that there's no need to be based in the big cities. St. Lucia's high-speed broadband network and direct flights to the US and London enable easy access to the rest of the world. Our uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of good governance, coupled with favorable head office legislative provision, makes it attractive for companies to move their headquarters to St. Lucia . We are still on track to meet our target of doubling our GDP in the next six years," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet explica ( about de Santa ) : "A crise atual fez com que muitos empresários e investidores percebessem que podem atuar remotamente e que não há necessidade de ter sede em cidades grandes" "A rede de banda larga de alta velocidade de Santa Lúcia e os voos diretos aos EUA e a Londres permitem acesso fácil ao resto do mundo. O nosso compromisso firme com os mais altos padrões de boa governança, aliado a uma disposição legislativa favorável à instalação de escritórios centrais, torna atraente a possibilidade de uma empresa mudar a sua matriz para Santa Lúcia. Ainda estamos no caminho certo para atingir o objetivo de duplicar o PIB nos próximos seis anos" External link

atarde Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet says : “It’s had a devastating effect on our economy and the livelihood of our citizens,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, October 5, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This support has been immeasurable. Some of the countries who offered support and continue to do so, themselves are grappling with a multilateral order that systematically stymies their development prospects,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Not only has it affected the people of Cuba but it has also affected the entire Caribbean region. It is time to, once again, give states like Taiwan recognition so that they can meaningfully engage in global processes and share their best practices. Even as China and Taiwan have their own differences and while this is being addressed, Climate Change and the Covid-19 pandemic are stark reminders that Taiwan should not be left out of the discussions. Taiwan has its own elections, its own currency controls its own airspace and has its own military force. A population of almost 24 million people is too many to be left off the table,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We must also recognize that as the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic Taiwan has demonstrated impressive leadership, not just by their own success with managing the spread, but by coming to the aid of nations such as Saint Lucia and many other countries to provide medical resources and technical advice. The pandemic which has touched every country is a potent reminder of the interconnectedness of human societies and more reason why in building our new world economic order, we must leave no one behind, no people, no country should be allowed to fall through the cracks. Saint Lucia would never have done as well as we did with managing the pandemic without friends like the people of Taiwan and Cuba,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The pandemic, which has touched every country, is a potent reminder of the interconnectedness of human societies and more reason why in building our new world economic order, we must leave no one behind; no people, no country should be allowed to fall through the cracks,” “Saint Lucia would never have done as well as we did with managing the pandemic without friends like the people of Taiwan and Cuba,” External link

taipeitimes Sunday, September 27, 2020 7:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We build back the demand (and) as we were about to send it to Martinique again there was a significant shortfall in the Dominican Republic and Ghana, all our bananas were needed for the UK Market,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet commenting : “This is even more validation of our country’s success in the management of COVID-19,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, August 29, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We want to make Vieux-Fort competitive on a global scale. It’s not just about creating jobs. It’s creating world-class jobs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “On behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia, I offer our deepest sympathies to Taiwan at this sad time,” External link

taipeitimes Friday, July 31, 2020 8:55:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “Not only was he a patriot for Barbados but you can honestly say that he was a patriot for the Caribbean,” “He played a leadership role in the CSME. The vision he had in terms of integrating the Caribbean will always be remembered and I will always have the greatest amount of respect for him. His last role as the Chairman of LIAT is not an enviable position to be in but despite how difficult it was, even at this late stage, he was willing to take it on. I know that he was not just doing it for Barbados, he was doing it for all of us in the Caribbean. He is going to be missed. On behalf of Saint Lucia, our hearts go out to Owen Arthur’s wife and daughters and all his family and friends and to the Government and People of Barbados” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, July 27, 2020 11:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have laid the groundwork for success and COVID-19 will only cause us to push harder, be more ambitious and determined,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet reported : “Under this project, the approximately 1.7 million cubic meters of silt, which has settled in the dam and which reduced its capacity by more than 50 percent, will be removed. This would unblock the lower port of the Dam, allowing it to discharge a higher volume of raw water for processing,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 4, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “The project comprises the construction of two river intake structures, two treatment plants, one at Grace and the other at Beausejour in Vieux Fort, installation of transmission mains, four pumping stations and three storage tanks,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 4, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “The National Insurance Board considered the ongoing adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business sector including the hotel sector which employs a significant percentage of its contributors,” “Having satisfied itself that a sufficiently large number of its contributors would require some relief over the next three months, the NIC examined the affordability of the programme. It would be recalled that the NIC’s decision to implement such a programme was rooted in sound financial and actuarial analysis and foremost in the mind of the Corporation was the need to ensure that the long term financial sustainability of the NIC was not compromised. It would also be recalled that the NIC considered a number of scenarios and that the worst-case scenario for a 3-month period, if claims were received from 60 percent of contributors, was $80.2 million” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, July 1, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our government wishes to place on record our deepest appreciation to the domestic financial institutions for their positive response to our early approach to them. When the virus first entered our country, our government immediately adopted a three-phased approach to tackling the crisis. Our top priority was protecting the health of Saint Lucians by ensuring that our healthcare system was prepared to deal with any possible outbreak. We negotiated with Cuba to get 110 doctors and nurses on island to provide support. We took timely and decisive actions to limit person-to-person interactions including enforcing social distancing, closing our borders, declaring a state of emergency, applying a curfew and eventually shutting down completely. We also set up quarantine facilities at three hotels and fast-tracked the move to the OKEU Hospital to facilitate Victoria Hospital becoming a respiratory centre,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Notwithstanding the level of uncertainty that the future holds, we recognized from the outset, that COVID-19 would have caused extensive social and economic dislocation and hardship for most Saint Lucians. We therefore announced a Social Stabilization Programme which comprises two components of income support. One targets NIC contributors and the other, non-NIC contributors (such as sole traders, artisans, and musicians among others),” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This Committee and its sub-committees met on numerous occasions, and after extensive discussions, where submissions were received from a wide cross-section of the public, an Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan, consisting of three economic recovery strategies and three resilience strategies were developed,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We propose offering a tax deduction to landlords of 20 percent of the monthly rental value for a period of six months. In effect, a tenant who pays a monthly rent of $1,000 may now have their rent reduced to $800 and the landlord can claim an amount of $200 per month for that period,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet explained : “This will be financed as follows: Government debt Instruments—including bonds and Treasury Bills of $267.12 million; External Borrowing of $292.86 million,” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, June 26, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “Government is pleased with the approach that the CIP Unit has used in focusing on the conduct of rigorous due diligence checks and working with our local law enforcement and the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) of CARICOM. The CIP programme will therefore be a critical element of our funding, in implementing the medium term development strategy,” External link

nationnews Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Today is the continuation of our feeding program,” “We were doing hot meals but now we are doing food boxes which will go to households. What we found with the Hot Meal program was that meals were only going to one person but with these boxes, we can now feed a household. As time went by the team reviewed the program and we believe that this will be the most effective way to bring relief to hundreds of households for the next couple of months” External link

repeatingislands Saturday, June 13, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote ( about Lives Matter ) : “While I fully appreciate the concerns about security, health and safety, especially while we remain under a State of Emergency situation, it is my view that Saint Lucia must show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The disease that is racism, with all its ominous implications, must be resisted at every opportunity, and by all of us,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : "We are at the battlefront of this issue," External link

trust2 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:17:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “Notwithstanding that this policy initiative has been extensively discussed for the last three years, we want to make sure that there is clarity in the intent and language of the legislation. Hence, we have decided to remove it off the Order Paper for the Senate at this time to allow the opportunity for further review,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our deepest condolences go out as a nation, as we note that her voice, her music and her overall legacy live on,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 23, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This is an issue we going to have to take up with the Minister of Agriculture very seriously. The opportunity for the fishermen to go back out and continue to fish was on the basis that they would work with us in identifying those individuals, and so this is something we are going to take extremely seriously because this will put the entire nation at risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I am disappointed to hear that we still have persons attempting to sneak or smuggle individuals in from Martinique into St Lucia,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I thought we had passed that point and persons would understand the irresponsibility that you are practising in doing that, not only in jeopardising your own life [but] jeopardising the life of your family, and more importantly exposing family members in Saint Lucia,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Investment Programme ) : “The significant reduction in tax revenue is influenced by the anticipated downturn in economic activity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the reclassification of revenue from the Citizenship by Investment Programme pursuant to the National Economic Development Fund Act,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “And whilst we are clearly not yet out of the woods, there is no doubt that we have been successful in this regard with a 100% recovery rate, no deaths and with no apparent current cases on the island. For that we give thanks to God. We know that many of the measures we have had to take have made life uncomfortable and difficult for many – but it was better than allowing infection and possibly death to result,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This week we will allow the operations of private doctors and clinics. Considering that many local designers, tailors and seamstresses are making masks to assist with the protocols, we will allow the opening of fabric and haberdashery stores,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We will also allow the construction sector to open up under strict protocols already outlined by the Ministry for Infrastructure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “If in any way what the government has proposed is perceived by anyone as biased or selective, we are prepared to amend wherever possible,” “What we have realised, and we have realised for some time starting back in March where I have been making pronouncements to the general public and everyone, is we need to get into the idea of rationing” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Government will provide a subsistence allowance to persons, who have been displaced (through loss of employment or income) as a result of COVID-19. This income support will be in the amount of $500 monthly for three months. This is expected to be in excess of $16.8 million, based on the number of eligible persons,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our situation today brings to light the importance of persons signing up to NIC. For those not making a contribution and who the Government will be providing support to, a precondition will be that they must sign up to the NIC,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In attempting to deal with the health crisis, we are confronted with the realities of the way this disease spreads. It is not waterborne or spread by mosquitoes and there is no vaccine. The spread is human to human and its airborne. Those conditions have caused the complete shutdown of cities, countries and now the world. In essence, this has humbled the entire Global economy,” “Here in Saint Lucia we have seen it firsthand,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our strategy was to delay a community outbreak for as long as possible and balance that with our economic capacity to do so. Taking the draconian decision from early to shut the country down would have been catastrophic. In doing this balancing act, we always leaned on the side of the protection of the health of our country,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “That contact tracing generated 100 people who had to go into self-quarantine or administrative quarantine,” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, April 6, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The curfew was a mechanism to make that happen, a form of enforcement” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, April 6, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We will maintain that curfew until Tuesday morning at five,” External link

thevoiceslu Monday, April 6, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “As of 5:00am tomorrow (April 1, 2020), every person shall remain confined to their place of residence, inclusive of their personal yards. In essence, we are going to put into effect a 24-hour curfew. A person could only leave their place of residence upon written authorization by NEMO (National Emergency Management Office) inclusive of essential services. People are not permitted to go to the beach, go for a walk or to visit their neighbour,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “NEMO will take charge of the shutdown and delivery of items to the poor and the vulnerable. The items are the basket of goods as determined by NEMO. Supermarkets will not be open tomorrow and this shall remain in effect until April 7, 5:00am,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “In essence we still remain in control of our own destiny. We can still get through this with minimizing the loss of lives. But it is going to require a more stringent approach to social distancing. The difficulty at hand is that we have two choices. We can go through this very difficult and onerous curfew and remain in control of our destiny. The other alternative is to allow the virus to spread quicker, the result of that is that it will put tremendous amount of stress on our health services,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If we allow this virus to spread uncontrollably then the amount of people that will be requiring hospitalization is going to be well beyond our means and our means are limited. Even sourcing additional ventilators, sourcing more protective equipment for our nurses, doctors and police officers have become restricted,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I am appealing to all of us to find that inner strength to make it through those seven days and what other actions post the seven days,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We know that every country in the world is facing their own challenges at this time including Cuba and we are so very thankful for this immense show of brotherhood from this longstanding friend of Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “There are many people working behind the scenes to have made this happen in a short space of time and we are grateful for their hard work,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:11:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Sadly for us, despite the fact that these individuals were told that they would be quarantined, the disobedience that ensued put even more pressure on us, so we ended up having to put more nurses into that operation than we had planned, and more importantly we had to put more policemen up in that area. In fact, the SSU eventually had to be called in at the same time,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet noted : “If, we in fact already have a community outbreak taking place that we do everything to make sure that we slow it down as much as possible,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Depending on the success of that programme and what is taking place and through the advice of the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) and the collaboration of government we will determine whether this will be extended,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Those commercial entities that are going to remain open are going to be expected to put in new social behaviours,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There will be a continual tightening of passengers coming to Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our doctors, nurses and other health personnel, Air and Sea Ports personnel, firemen and women, the police have been going beyond the call of duty. They work longer hours than usual, sacrificing time away from family and loved ones. I have met many of them in recent days and my government remains committed to ensure that we do everything to support, protect and resource all our frontline professionals,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet warned : “The battle here is about saving lives,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I can assure all Saint Lucians that in the last six weeks, when it comes to making a decision between commerce and the safety of the people of this country we have always sided on the health and safety of our country,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “By treating the coronavirus as an impending hurricane, we are operating with the understanding that we have a potentially catastrophic event coming. Like a hurricane, there is uncertainty: it could hit us, or it may not hit us. When it is going to hit us and how strong it is going to be are all things that we cannot predict with any level of certainty,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “But we have all learnt how unpredictable hurricanes have become since the advent of Climate Change,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The purpose is to have a one-day discussion specifically on tourism and the coronavirus fallout, as well as preserve the global confidence in Caribbean tourism,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I can report that we have run several different models in order to predict and prepare for the fallout, in particular with regard to tourism arrivals. We will not be caught off guard,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Usain Bolt ) : “The increditable story about Usain Bolt, his coach in high school was his coach for his career, the coach had the talent to be able to develop and nurture a world class Legend, that’s the quality of coaching; don’t make any mistake about it, as talented as any anybody is, it’s the involvement of a coach on a consistent basis to be able to nurture and develop and create Legends” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “No longer is our economy tied to or dependent on an agricultural mono-crop. We have diversified into tourism, manufacturing and financial services. We can never lose sight of the contribution that the banana industry made to Saint Lucia, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when alone, it created the greatest social and economic revolution in our history,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have braved many a disaster, natural or man-made, economic or political, short-term or long-term but we have survived and came back stronger. The resolve and resilience of our country and our people are assets that give us the assurance that when the tough gets going, we have the capacity to come together with common purpose to take on whatever challenge confronts us,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I addressed you at the beginning of the year, I indicated to you the areas where we had been able to record good progress, especially in lowering unemployment levels, reducing the debt to GDP ratio, easing the economic burden and improving our infrastructure. Tourism arrivals are now at record levels, and the prospects for agriculture and the manufacturing sector are extremely good. In our efforts to further diversify the economy, we have strengthened the IT sector and introduced the Headquarters Act to facilitate companies setting up headquarter operations in Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Why are our young people choosing the path to gangs? The path to a life of crime and ultimately death? This has to stop,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There are other dangerous habits which harm our country; like cheating on taxes, failure to collect taxes and dues owed to the government, whether it’s in our hospitals, Customs department or the Police Department. It cannot be right when 95 percent of the traffic tickets issued by our police remain unpaid,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “It is time to change such habits. It is time that we together identify the simple ways in which we can all pull up our socks and do our part to make Saint Lucia a better place. This is what togetherness means,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Together, let us support the positive development of our young people, attend their games, listen to their music, encourage them and volunteer our time. Together let us keep Saint Lucia clean. Together let us keep Fair Helen safe. Together let us keep Saint Lucia strong Together, let us celebrate our heroes and cherish each other’s success,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “No doubt, we will, as is customary, provide support to the five other Member States which will be holding elections during the course of 2020. These postings are crucial in ensuring transparency and accountability in the electoral process,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The involvement of outside forces in the controversy, however, could only escalate the crisis and make a resolution more difficult,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We aim to ensure that all Saint Lucians have insurance and government will cover the vulnerable, elderly and unemployed,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, February 4, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “I am extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Victor Maurice who served as the Chairman of the UWP Castries South Constituency Branch. He was a loyal UWP supporter and a well-known vendor around the City of Castries,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, January 30, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “First of all, the Act of the National Trust is very clear, it requires my approval and nowhere in the Act does it say I have to give a reason for it, but I was very clear and transparent and accountable to everybody in giving you several reasons,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I just don’t believe that Jeannine Compton is the best person suited for that job. And what I surely am not going to encourage or be happy with is any attempt to breach the spirit of what the Act is,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I don’t think that she has the skill set to be able to develop the Trust commercially and to marry the commercial part with the conservation. Is she a good conservationist? Has she done a great job in the marine area? We had her in the SMMA. She is also, as you know, someone we appointed in the use of the whaling institute,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “It means that the effort we are making right now to beef up our police force is absolutely needed…” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “While we have not achieved the kind of success we would all want we know that the effort we are making will begin to pay off. We remain committed to the multi-pronged strategy to significantly reduce crime,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about St Jude ) : “We have another 50 million dollars that we are currently engaging in. Already 20 million of that has been approved for the St Jude Hospital which would bring the total amount of 30 million dollars that we would have used currently from the Taiwanese. We had 10 million dollars that remained from the 20 million dollars that was loaned. It will be 30 million dollars in total that my government has engaged with the Taiwanese on St Jude’s,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:07:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We look forward to working more closely together on our countries’ shared mutual interests. I want to thank British Airways and their staff for their continuous support to our destination and of course for flying Boris into Saint Lucia today. We look forward to welcoming him for a longer stay very very soon!” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, December 27, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “What I want Saint Lucians to really appreciate is to look at the Caribbean. You have Port of Spain; Bridgetown; Kingston and Montego Bay, if I go around the Caribbean and ask people, give me the top 10 Cities, when do you think Vieux Fort or Castries would come in to that picture” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, December 21, 2019 6:21:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The smiles of peoples faces the experiences people are having today says so much. Saint Lucians have been wanting something like this new industry of horse racing and now they have it,” “The facility here is world class. Saint Lucia is now positioned to be part of the international racing fraternity and a leader in the region. We need to continue working now to build upon the goodwill and success of today and also work with our peers around the region to grow this sport and to create more opportunities for Saint Lucians” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:25:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “Our Foundation is honoured to produce the 4th Annual Officers’ Ball which recognizes the efforts of our hard-working police and fire officers whose sacrifices and commitment to service and country inspire us all. If we all work together, we can ensure that they have what they need to carry out their duties in a more efficient and effective manner which ultimately benefits us all” External link

thevoiceslu Sunday, December 15, 2019 2:04:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Government of St Lucia lends its full support to the new Administration bearing in mind the deep ties which exist between our two countries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is no intention on my government’s part to privatize OKEU and there never has been,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have to ensure that when we are transferring into OKEU that we have an operating procedure that is going to allow it to be efficient,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “This will take operations at the site to 24/7 and full steam ahead as 300 plus men and women work on one of the most important projects in the history of Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “That's certainly something that is going to require a lot of dialogue and discussion,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The intention here was to be a JV partner with them on the horse racing track because the horse racing track will bring benefits to the developer as well as to the state. We are looking at different mechanisms in terms of how we can do that,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd ) : “St Lucia has had record breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination,” “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that St Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity. This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises. We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of St Lucia and for our island as a whole” External link

caribbean360 Friday, October 25, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd ) : “St. Lucia has had record-breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination,” “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that St. Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity. This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises. We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of St. Lucia and for our island as a whole” External link

thedailyherald Friday, October 25, 2019 12:13:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd ) : “Saint Lucia has had record breaking cruise arrivals over the past few years and we thank our partners Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean for their continued confidence in our amazing destination,” “It is essential that we continue to diversify what we have to offer, grow our brand and ensure that different sectors in our island’s economy benefit from the growth in cruise tourism and that Saint Lucians can benefit from the opportunities which arise from the increased numbers; which means we have to improve our capacity. This signing is historic, as this project will have a major impact on the sustainability of the cruise sector and the reach of cruise tourism to the south of the island. This will also mean employment at several phases of the project, the expansion of existing businesses and the formation of new enterprises. We look forward to this partnership as this marks a new day and a significant achievement for our government, for the people of the south of Saint Lucia and for our island as a whole” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “I know that the situation is getting worse there. I know that we were due to first send a technical team to go there, but unfortunately, with the current crisis, that visit by the technical team has been postponed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 15, 2019 8:44:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We are small but not insignificant […] we are constrained but not uncommitted,” External link

un-org Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:20:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Even if we cannot be physically in Victoria, elements of Victoria will be placed in an upgraded facility on the Chaussee so that’s an additional amount of money that will be created in that position,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Member is misleading the House,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, September 21, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “Fellow Saint Lucians, please be aware that there is currently another impersonator Facebook profile in my name, which has been directly messaging social media users offering grants and other types of financial opportunities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:57:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet asked : “When you add the air traffic control, the resurfacing of the runway and the new taxiway… the entire amount comes to around US$200 million. So, the point is where is this money going to miraculously come from?” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:58:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I also appeal to the international community, governments and institutions to come forward and partner with us in helping The Bahamas through the difficult days and months ahead. I call on all the people of the Caribbean to continue to keep The Bahamas and all countries affected by, or currently in the path of Hurricane Dorian in our thoughts and prayers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This morning he was able to fly over Grand Bahama and Abaco with the assistance of the US government,” External link

htsstlucia Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:55:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “It is essential to us as a Government that the entire country feel the impact of what it means to build a new Saint Lucia,” “From the outset we have shown our commitment to the south and we will be spending even more time here due to the level of activity we anticipate in the southern districts” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is currently a review taking place to examine some of these shelters. Some of them we don’t believe should be called shelters anymore,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet says : “This is the trophy you should be proud about” External link

thevoiceslu Friday, August 16, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I am completely cognisant of the officers that are involved in the IMPACS and how difficult it must be for them,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “As a Government we have over the last three years greatly deepened our ties with your country and we have broadened areas of co-operation. Taiwan has been instrumental in the development of our country in many areas and it is our hope that this visit will give us an opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation, and share our country’s beauty and culture with you,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Almost from day one, your country, Madame President, has been in the forefront of providing grant and loan assistance to Saint Lucia to finance the rebuilding but we have had a series of setbacks and challenges along the way that have caused frustration to both our government and our people as well as to those who had offered a hand in helping us cope with the fallout from the disastrous fire. Notwithstanding this, we are motivated to deliver to the people and it is because our resolve to rebuild this hospital is strong that we are gathered here today,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This form of assistance can never be quantified in terms of dollars,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “It will comprise a new wing to incorporate all the functions and services of the existing East and Surgical Wings; inter- connected two-storey structures to be erected on the left-hand side of the entrance to the existing site; integration through retrofitting of some existing buildings to achieve a fully functioning hospital to match the services of a level 4 facility; and revision of the internal layout of buildings to be integrated for functional efficacy and compliance to minimum standards,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet stated : “It is a great honour to have President Tsai visit Saint Lucia,” “Saint Lucia has over the past three years greatly deepened our ties with Taiwan and we have broadened areas of co-operation. Taiwan has been instrumental in the development of our country in so many areas and this gives us an opportunity show our gratitude and share our country’s beauty and culture with President Tsai” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:51:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If we were to have adaptation, it is impossible to use current resources or to have borrowed money to fulfill needs from adaptation,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:56:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The expectation is that at a very high level we can start integrating with the Florida politicians and they can assist with our lobbying efforts in Washington DC,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, July 9, 2019 11:47:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The expectation is that at a very high level that we can start integrating with the Florida politicians and assist us in our lobbying efforts in Washington,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, July 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “But the expectation is that we are going to be making a wider presentation to the SIDS in September and if in fact they are able to obtain the final endorsement from both CARICOM and also the Pacific SIDS the intention would be to try and quickly move to meet with some of the ODA (overseas development assistance) countries and multilaterals in terms of getting funds into this thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:50:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “These and other issues require us as Caricom and as small island developing states to make some bold choices to secure our mere existence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 5, 2019 8:26:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet wrote : “Whilst we are in no way satisfied with where we currently are, we can proudly acknowledge that St Lucia is in a much better position than it was three years ago,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “One of the possibilities we explored with OPIC was the investment of the project,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Gros Islet ) : “The first phase of the project is critical to us because of the traffic congestion we are experiencing between Castries and Gros Islet. We do not have the physical space to introduce a four-lane highway,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “These clubs will offer basketball, track & field, swimming, football and cricket at both the primary and secondary school levels and at the senior level,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I came in, I found there were 11 social workers. Seventeen constituencies, you don’t have one per constituency? We are saying we need to have a minimum of 30,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There are times when the police are involved in the cases and you need an independent source to help you with the investigation,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “There is no one solution to the problem that we have,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The critical thing here is not why we have to do it, it’s not how we are supposed to do it, but where are we going to get the resources to do it,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The main purpose of the meeting was continual discussions about how we were going to build up a stronger regional security force,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The critical thing here is not why we have to do it, it’s not how we are supposed to do it, but where we are going to get the resources to do it,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We have the Venezuela situation. The world is changing very fast, there is a constant fear of terrorism and it is important to this region to do what it can to protect itself and have a more coordinated approach towards security,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “We did not capture any of the evidence. We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I went to Trinidad you are seeing it is much bigger than that. There are thousands of Venezuelans who are coming across on a regular basis and taking up residence in Trinidad, which is now putting pressure on the education system, the health care system and the local policing system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet told : “We did not capture any of the evidence. We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “When I went to Trinidad you are seeing it is much bigger than that. There are thousands of Venezuelans who are coming across on a regular basis and taking up residence in Trinidad which is now putting pressure on the education system, the health care system and the local policing system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added ( about Ubaldus Raymond ) : “When we understood that this was much broader than the situation between him (Raymond) and the young lady we felt that it was necessary to do an investigation,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “I will identify in greater detail some of the game changers in the six strategic areas outlined as I proceed, but I wanted to draw to the attention of this Honourable House and to the country that this Budget is about much more than debt management, fiscal strategy and tax reform. It is about building a culture of delivery to implement the social and economic platforms critical for robust growth that will provide a fair share for every Saint Lucian and take us to a different level,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Our debt to GDP is coming down, although it is still a bit above the prudential benchmark, the debt to GDP ratio has fallen from 67.7 percent in 2015, to 64.9 percent in 2018; Stay Over Visitors have increased from 344,000 in 2015, to 394,000 in 2018; Cruise Visitors continue to break records and have increased from 677,000 in 2015 to 760,000 in 2018; Investors continue to want to finance tourism development. There is a primary surplus; the fiscal deficit is within manageable limits and unemployment has fallen from 24.1 percent in 2015 to 20.2 percent in 2018,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Despite all of these positives, Saint Lucia has been lagging behind our ECCU neighbours in what the experts call Quality of Life Indices. Unemployment, especially among young people is too high; poverty is still too widespread; education is not meeting the needs of students or businesses; healthcare is inadequate and crime continues to rise. This is the experience of the average Saint Lucian. We cannot run away from it. This Government will not run away from it. We are going to continue to meet it head on. What is required is our continued commitment and perseverance. If we don’t continue on this path we will be doomed to a cycle of wash, rinse, and repeat for another twenty years if we do not act now,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “This is the premise in which this year’s budget is grounded – the need to break free from stagnation and focus on the things that are going to turn lives and the country around. There is urgent need to unlock the opportunities that will propel every Saint Lucian to an acceptable standard of living and offer the chance to build wealth for themselves and their families. This is our singular focus. We are all going to have to get used to doing things differently if we are going to hit our targets and make a difference in people’s lives. The people of Saint Lucia demand this and they deserve no less,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “We note with interest, the increasing trade tensions between the US and China, and we are aware of the possible fallout this could have on global trade. The World seems to be retreating from globalization as nationalism takes a deeper hold in the US and across Europe. Brexit remains an unresolved crisis with few commentators able to reach a consensus on the long-term effects it will have on the global economy,” “Uncertainty in the economies of our source markets for tourism and investment could pose a threat to us and we are watching these developments closely. It is therefore even more critical that we position ourselves to accelerate growth in order to mitigate any external shocks that any of these issues could give rise to,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Across the ECCU (Eastern Caribbean Currency Union), adverse weather events continue to pose a threat to our agriculture and in extreme cases, such as Dominica, this can grind economic activity to a perilous halt. It is therefore critical that we continue to build resilience into our infrastructure and among our people,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The Public Medical Assistance increased significantly from an approved budget of approximately $800,000 in 2018/2019 to well over $5 million. More people will be employed in various key departments such as the Department of Home Affairs, Department of Justice, and the Attorney General’s Chambers,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “The bulk of my government’s capital allocation is geared towards improvements in the agricultural production, infrastructural development, sports infrastructure, health and education,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Though we continue to experience budget deficits, I am pleased to report that the budget out-turn for the fiscal year 2018/2019 indicates a lower overall deficit of $68.43 million, compared to the estimated deficit of $163.92 million in the approved estimates for that year,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said ( about Income Tax ) : “This performance is largely influenced by higher than projected inflows from Import Duty, Service Charge, VAT, Income Tax, and CIP receipts. Receipts from CIP donations registered the most significant improvement with a surplus of $37.3 million or 126 per cent. above the estimates for the fiscal year 2018/2019,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Certainly, when I have all the facts, I will be very happy to be able to do that (speak on the matter),” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “That’s why I’d rather not comment on it,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “If in fact there is something that’s wrong, we will amend it. We tried our best to get it right the first time but if in fact we don’t we will keep it back until we get it right. That’s my commitment. I’m not going to stand by something that is wrong,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “That’s why I’d rather not comment on it,” External link

thevoiceslu Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:13:00 AM EAT

Allen Chastanet added : “Most people recognise the need for new elections. The world remains divided on that. I think there is a growing consensus that there needs to be fresh elections in Venezuela to resolve the humanitarian crisis,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:03:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet asked : “If I had money in LIAT and now it is bankrupt again would I put money in without knowing that there would be a major restructuring?” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “How could I be assured that the results that happened the last eight years would change versus moving forward another eight years? This is a very difficult situation. Saint Lucia clearly believes there need to be open skies. We think there are other players in the region that are prepared to step in to be able to service some routes and the fact that one aircraft type, particularly an ATR, in our humble opinion cannot serve the region, there has to be an integration of multiple airlines because there are smaller planes that are required for instance on the Saint Lucia / Saint Vincent and the Grenadines route,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Allen Chastanet said : “Saint Lucia is not saying no, but there is a lot more detail that would be required in order for us to make a final decision,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
prime minister45.42%EN11/27/201727/11/2017
minister44.36%EN11/27/201727/11/2017
external affairs minister0.19%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
prime minister of saint lucia0.96%EN09/26/201726/09/2017
minister of saint lucia0.77%EN09/15/201715/09/2017
minister for finance0.58%EN09/02/201702/09/2017
leader3.95%EN08/28/201728/08/2017
premier ministre de sainte-lucie0.10%FR08/16/201716/08/2017
minister of finance0.10%EN06/27/201727/06/2017
government leader0.10%EN01/11/201711/01/2017
premier0.19%EN11/25/201625/11/2016
president0.10%EN09/17/201617/09/2016
tourism minister0.39%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
leader of government business0.10%EN08/18/201618/08/2016
fraudster0.10%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
minister for economic development0.10%EN07/21/201621/07/2016
hotelier0.10%EN06/11/201611/06/2016
economist0.19%EN06/08/201608/06/2016
minister of tourism0.10%EN06/07/201607/06/2016
leader de uwp0.10%FR06/06/201606/06/2016
managing director0.58%EN05/31/201631/05/2016
director0.19%EN05/31/201631/05/2016
former minister of tourism0.10%EN05/27/201627/05/2016
former tourism minister0.77%EN01/02/201402/01/2014
senator0.39%EN06/30/200830/06/2008
Names Lang Count
Allen ChastanetEN99.29%
Allen ChastanetFR0.56%
Allen ChastanetIS0.14%
Allen ChastanetPT0.00%


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Philip J Pierre wrote ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “To my fellow Saint Lucians, press on. Let’s reclaim our Saint Lucia. We must continue to agitate for what is right because to be silent is to be complicit in Allen Chastanet and his party’s vindictive and callous ways,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Nicole McDonald said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “He (Prime Minister Chastanet) said the pilot was very professional in terms of explaining to them what the situation was. He did say it was not as close as is being reported,” External link

thevoiceslu Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “Given that Virgin Atlantic’s daily operations into Saint Lucia contributes to the island’s economic development and given that the withdrawal of Virgin Atlantic from Saint Lucia will result in reduced passenger numbers, which will impact negatively on revenues, hotel occupancy, demand for taxi service and other direct spending in the local economy, the Allen Chastanet led administration should establish a framework for a more structured dialogue with all stakeholders in order to comprehend this potential loss, in all of its ramifications and to proffer appropriate solutions,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “Over the years, on the basis of agreed areas of cooperation, the Government and People of Taiwan have assisted Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians in agriculture, ICT and community infrastructure to name a few. For example, in our efforts at Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, the Taiwanese invested over EC$20 million dollars in constructing an abattoir (meat processing facility) for Saint Lucia and its livestock farmers. This state-of-the-art abattoir, which is fully completed and equipped, is to be sacrificed to facilitate the construction of a horse racing track for the entertainment of an exclusive few. Hence, the entire Beausejour agricultural and livestock area of Vieux Fort has been transformed into a playground for the political games of Allen Chastanet and company, at the expense of the ODA from the ROC (Taiwan), and to the detriment of Saint Lucia’s livestock farmers and the local livestock industry,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste asserted ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “It is blood-curdling to note that the Allen Chastanet-led administration has treated, as sunk costs (wasted money), the tens of Millions of dollars invested by the ROC (Taiwan) in the rehabilitation of the Saint Jude Hospital, which was nearing completion when this wicked and uncaring administration took over the levers of power on June 6th 2016. The hospital, which was near completion, could have been finished with the loan funds of US$20 million that were made available by the ROC (Taiwan) and partially drawn down. To have aborted the completion of the Hospital and leave the buildings unattended for more than three years, for no valid reason, is a clear and categorical abuse of the generosity of the Government and People of the ROC (Taiwan) by the Allen Chastanet-led Administration. All of this neglect has caused a serious deterioration in the healthcare situation in Saint Lucia, while Allen Chastanet and his apostles can travel the World luxuriously to obtain medical care while the majority of Saint Lucians cannot afford such luxuries,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste noted ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “what has the ROC (Taiwan) done to Allen Chastanet to be treated with such contempt and disrespect?” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “The disrespect is expected to reach a climax during a UWP planned sod turning ceremony for the new and unnecessary structure they want to erect at the Saint Jude Hospital grounds, by forcing the President of Taiwan to participate. Instead of embarrassing the President of the ROC (Taiwan) with his political games, Allen Chastanet should observe the protocol and allow, as is customary, an official engagement between the President of the ROC (Taiwan) and the Leader of the Opposition of Saint Lucia,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste noted ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “The Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) makes it unmistakably clear that it is vehemently opposed to these useless and extravagant borrowings by this Allen Chastanet Administration, and that the Government of the ROC (Taiwan) should exercise an abundance of caution in its response to the financial adventurism of this current Saint Lucian administration, because when we re-enter office, we shall revisit those reckless arrangements, for appropriate remedial action to be taken,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “It is also important for us to emphasize, with much concern, that many foreign governments contributed willingly, but in a very difficult environment for sourcing ODA, towards the reconstruction of the Saint Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project, including the ROC (Taiwan), which provided Saint Lucia with EC $22.5 million in grant funding and US$20 million in loan funding. This was done for the benefit of the Saint Lucian people and at the sacrifice of the Taiwanese people, but the actions of the Allen Chastanet-led administration are jeopardizing our chances of mobilizing the international community for future support to assist our development,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Alva Baptiste said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “So when Saint Lucia has a government such as this Allen Chastanet-led United Workers Party, that simply destroys millions of dollars in assistance from sympathetic countries that are trying to assist us in charting the true and real development of our country; we are destroying our country’s reputation, and it does not create an improved framework for Saint Lucia to attract foreign assistance,” External link

thevoiceslu Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Hubert Minnis said ( about Allen Chastanet ) : “Prime Minister Chastanet and I challenged CARICOM ministers of tourism to develop a strategy paper on how member countries might use the resources presently available to us to execute research,” “It is only through the use of empirical data that we will be able to effectively implement marketing and productive development strategies that will improve our tourism products and better the lives of our citizens” External link

jonesbahamas Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT