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Aweek of meet­ings and events to mark the of­fi­cial launch of the Bri­tish Caribbean Cham­ber of Com­merce in Saint Lu­cia was con­cluded with a cock­tail party hosted in Cap Es­tate by Cham­ber Pres­i­dent, John Kennedy, at­tended by Her Ex­cel­lency the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Prime Min­is­ter The Hon­ourable Dr Kenny An­thony, for­mer prime min­is­ters Stephen­son King and Dr Vaughn Lewis, mem­bers of the Op­po­si­tion, in­clud­ing Allen Chas­tanet and Dr Gail Rigob­ert as well as other dis­tin­guished min­is­ters, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and lead­ers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity of Saint Lu­cia.

In re­marks made to the in­vited guests, Cham­ber Pres­i­dent John Kennedy ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to those at­tend­ing for their en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port and con­fi­dence in the de­ci­sion to es­tab­lish the Bri­tish Caribbean Cham­ber of Com­merce and noted that Saint Lu­cia was the sec­ond state in the re­gion to have such an or­gan­i­sa­tion and it was a mark of con­fi­dence in the po­ten­tial for trad­ing links be­tween the UK and Saint Lu­cia that had led to this de­ci­sion.

The guests were told that the Cham­ber’s role would be to im­me­di­ately add sup­port and value to cur­rent busi­ness ac­tiv­ity in Saint Lu­cia and be­tween Bri­tish and Saint Lu­cian busi­nesses, fur­ther deep­en­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries go­ing for­ward.

The estab­lish­ment of the Cham­ber was de­scribed as a win-win for both Bri­tish and St Lu­cian com­pa­nies seek­ing to do busi­ness - for the ben­e­fit of both coun­tries and through col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ships with each other. Trib­ute and recog­ni­tion was made to Saint Lu­cia’s own Cham­ber of Com­merce In­dus­try & Agri­cul­ture founded in 1884, the old­est or­ga­ni­za­tion of its kind in St Lu­cia and a par­tic­u­lar wel­come was ex­tended to its mem­bers present.

The Pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber, Mr John Kennedy took the op­por­tu­nity to for­mally an­nounce the ap­point­ment of a new Coun­try Manager for Saint Lu­cia, Mr Randy Cato, who re­cently re­tired as the OECS’s Se­nior Direc­tor of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and gave spe­cial ac­knowl­edge­ment to the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion, Andy Pryce and De­bra Wor­rell in par­tic­u­lar and Dr Ian Kelly.

TCom­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted the sec­ond Coun­cil of Min­is­ters Meet­ing for Hu­man and So­cial Devel­op­ment on March 23-24, 2015.

The meet­ing’s agenda cen­tered on the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in the OECS re­gion. A del­e­ga­tion from sis­ter ter­ri­tory Mar­tinique sat in on the dis­cus­sions, giv­ing pos­i­tive feed­back on the op­por­tu­nity to forge devel­op­ment part­ner­ships in ad­vanc­ing the cause of the youth and the less for­tu­nate.

OECS Direc­tor Gen­eral, Dr. Di­da­cus Jules as­serted that “our chal­lenge in the OECS is to move from protective mea­sures to the proac­tive, strate­gic ac­tions. There is no ques­tion about the ne­ces­sity of act­ing now to pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble, but there is also no doubt of the longterm im­per­a­tive of erad­i­cat­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity. If eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity mat­ter, they must mean some­thing for the poor­est. This meet­ing comes at a time when we are shap­ing a growth and devel­op­ment agenda in the OECS, and so its de­lib­er­a­tions will be an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the fi­nal­iza­tion of this strat­egy.”

The coun­cil con­ducted a re­view of the terms of ref­er­ence for the launch of a tech­ni­cal body-the OECS So­cial Pro­tec­tion Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee- as a stand­ing work­ing group to the Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate in­creased har­mo­niza­tion of so­cial ini­tia­tives within mem­ber states.

Saint Lu­cia’s Min­is­ter for So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, and chair of the meet­ing, the Hon­ourable Harold Dal­san re­marked: “It is a pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ments to make the nec­es­sary in­vest­ment in, and en­sure the pro­tec­tion of all its cit­i­zens. It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment that fa­cil­i­tates a broad range of so­cial pro­tec­tion ac­tions and pro­grammes within so­ci­ety to ad­dress the chal­lenges of in­equal­ity.”

UNICEF Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ms. Khin-Sandi Lwin noted “as UNICEF’s pri­mary role in part­ner­ing with the OECS Com­mis­sion and with all 12 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries of our multi-coun­try pro­gramme is to help build ro­bust in­sti­tu­tions that will pri­or­i­tize and sys­tem­at­i­cally ad­dress chil­dren’s is­sues- we count on this in­sti­tu­tion be­ing sus­tained by the mem­ber states be­yond the ini­tial start-up sup­port that we have pro­vided.”

Par­tic­i­pants at this week’s meet­ing.

Bri­tish Cham­ber Pres­i­dent, John Kennedy with Her Ex­cel­lency the Gover­nor Gen­eral of

Saint Lu­cia, Dame Pear­lette Louisy.

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