The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter and Leader of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony, has re­vealed that the con­struc­tion of a new ho­tel at Smug­glers Cove in Cap Es­tate will cre­ate 1,200 jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase. The ho­tel is sched­uled to com­mence con­struc­tion soon. This pro­nounce­ment was made dur­ing Dr. An­thony’s ad­dress at the na­tional meet­ing of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party, on the Mar­ket Steps, Cas­tries, on Thurs­day.

He told his lis­ten­ers that he knows that it has not been “easy” for them but the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to tackle the un­em­ploy­ment prob­lem vig­or­ously. He out­lined his Gov­ern­ment’s em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tives and the num­ber of per­sons who have gained em­ploy­ment as a re­sult. The Prime Min­is­ter re­ported, “We said we would in­ject $100 mil­lion into the econ­omy for the cre­ation of jobs and the records are there. We are do­ing so.

“A to­tal of 520 young peo­ple have al­ready gained em­ploy­ment un­der the Cruise Ship Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme. In Jan­uary this year, ninety two more young peo­ple se­cured jobs and just last week an­other seven­teen were ap­pointed by Car­ni­val Cruise Line Ex­ec­u­tives. This is pos­si­ble only be­cause of a pro­gramme launched by your Gov­ern­ment. We are mak­ing loans avail­able for our young peo­ple to un­dergo train­ing.

“We cre­ated NICE and over 5,400 peo­ple have been em­ployed dur­ing the life of this pro­gramme. One hun­dred and sixty two are cur­rently em­ployed in the Farm Labour Sup­port Pro­gramme; an­other two hun­dred and forty one are cur­rently serv­ing as prin­ci­pal, IT as­sis­tants and other posts un­der the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. There are eighty two play­ing field main­te­nance work­ers and who can for­get the three hun­dred and twenty five care­givers un­der the Home Help for the El­derly Pro­gramme? This num­ber will soon in­crease by an ad­di­tional 200! There were an­other 1,155 jobs cre­ated un­der NICE to pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port to var­i­ous agen­cies such as the Reg­istry.

“Last bud­get I men­tioned the Youth En­trepreneur­ship Pro­gramme funded by the SLHTA. Al­ready, two hun­dred peo­ple were em­ployed from Jan­uary to March 2015.

“Let us not for­get STEP be­cause it pro­vides jobs to ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 peo­ple each cy­cle.”

The Prime min­is­ter said that he ex­pects the un­em­ploy­ment rate to decline as new in­vest­ments are made in the is­land in the months ahead.

Dr. Kenny An­thony.

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