St. Lu­cia Cham­ber Re-elects Gor­don Charles as Pres­i­dent

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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