The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

In prepa­ra­tion for the 2015/2016 Bud­get, Prime Min­is­ter, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony is meet­ing pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other in­ter­est groups to re­view Saint Lu­cia’s eco­nomic per­for­mance in the past year and to ex­change views on pos­si­ble bud­getary ini­tia­tives in the next bud­getary cy­cle.

On Thurs­day, March 12, 2015 the prime min­is­ter met ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture. Fri­day, the prime min­is­ter en­gaged, in sep­a­rate meet­ings, the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and the Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the prime min­is­ter, “It has be­come a prac­tice of my of­fice to en­gage in wide cross sec­tor con­sul­ta­tions in prepa­ra­tion for any Bud­get. You would re­call this was done in 2012, 2013 and 2014. I do this be­cause I be­lieve there are ideas out­side of Gov­ern­ment that are wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“In pre­vi­ous en­gage­ments, a num­ber of ideas have been shared and some have be­come pol­icy de­ci­sions. We have also had public/pri­vate sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tions in a num­ber of ar­eas as a re­sult of th­ese con­sul­ta­tions.

“It is my hope that at the end of the meet­ings, Gov­ern­ment will have a good sense of the chal­lenges faced by th­ese in­di­vid­u­als and their views on bud­getary mea­sures to en­cour­age growth in our econ­omy.”

The prime min­is­ter also plans to meet with mem­bers of the Trade Union Fed­er­a­tion to ex­change views on their pro­pos­als to man­age the fis­cal deficit.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny An­thony.

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