PRIME MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS JOBS
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.