The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Plan­ning and So­cial Se­cu­rity, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony, has lauded the OPEC Fund for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (OFID) for the way it han­dled Saint Lu­cia’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a loan to ex­pand the Choc to Gros Islet High­way. Ac­cord­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter, Saint Lu­cia was han­dled with great con­sid­er­a­tion through­out the ap­pli­ca­tion process. In his re­marks dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony held in Vi­enna on June 29, 2015, Dr. An­thony said, “We are a small state with a pop­u­la­tion of 170,000 per­sons. It is true that we are in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign. It is also true that all states rec­og­nize the pro­to­col that ap­plies to such mat­ters, be they rules, con­ven­tions and prac­tices. I merely wish to em­pha­size that you have han­dled my small state with ut­most ci­vil­ity, re­spect and sen­si­tiv­ity. I thank you im­mea­sur­ably. It means a lot to us, far more than you think or rec­og­nize.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter, this will au­gur well for fu­ture in­ter­ac­tions be­tween OFID and Saint Lu­cia.

“We con­sider the OPEC Fund to be a re­li­able de­vel­op­ment part­ner and hope that through the part­ner­ship we can see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of many more projects with sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­men­tal im­pact for Saint Lu­cia. We par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that though we are a mi­cro state, OFID treats us with re­spect, ci­vil­ity and ut­most sen­si­tiv­ity.”

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and OPEC Fund for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (OFID) con­ducted a Joint Ap­praisal Mis­sion in Saint Lu­cia in Oc­to­ber 2014.

Dur­ing that pe­riod meet­ings were held with the tech­ni­cal Staff of the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, Port Ser­vices and Trans­port, the Min­istry of Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Af­fairs and So­cial Se­cu­rity and other rel­e­vant agen­cies.

Prime min­is­ter Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony.

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