BRITISH PM ANNOUNCES SAINT LUCIA TO BENEFIT FROM AID FOR FISHING AND TOURISM
The British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, of an allocation of more than £5million (XCD$20m) of Britain’s Government aid for support and improvements towards improving the fishing industry in the Caribbean.
The 25 ‘small island’ Commonwealth recipients will include Saint Lucia. The aid is geared to help the maritime economy including tourism, shipping and fishing, Downing Street has confirmed.
Speaking at the Commonwealth Summit in Malta on Friday, 27th November, David Cameron confirmed that he wanted to help ‘make the most of natural maritime advantages’ and unveiled these funds as part of a £26million (XCD$105m) regional package.
John Kennedy, President of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia, welcomed the announcement and said, “Our role as a chamber is to highlight the need to support a strong bi-lateral bond between the United Kingdom and Saint Lucia, both through this kind of support and through commerce, investment and enterprise.
“This initiative is in the spirit of the proverb ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’ Of course, Saint Lucians already know how to fish; what will be really useful is some capital to help develop that sector and to open new markets.
“I know, from my own company’s experience, based near Canaries, that there is untapped potential in this industry and Canaries is one of the poorest communities on the Island. Capital input, wisely deployed, will bring new opportunities that can be life-changing for that community.