The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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