St. Lucia Chamber Re-elects Gordon Charles as President
The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture held its 130th Annual General Meeting on November 19, 2014 when Gordon Charles of JQ Charles Group of Companies was reelected President. The Annual General Meeting held at the Royal St. Lucian Conference room was well-attended by members and representatives of Public Sector institutions.
The 129th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber was addressed by Ambassador June Soomer who spoke on Productivity and the Free Movement of People and Goods in the OECS Union stressing the work that has been done to widen the economic space in which the private sector of the region can operate freely. She also urged the business leaders to take advantage of the opportunities created by the union.
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Gordon Charles in his address maintained the Chamber’s ongoing focus on the macro-economic environment in which the private sector operated and slow pace of reform which has negatively impacted St. Lucia’s once top thirty ranking in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Survey. Charles urged Government to redouble its efforts and speed up the pace of change and reform as it was negatively affecting growth and development.