Mes­sage from the Pres­i­dent of the BCCSL

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The fol­low­ing is a state­ment from the pres­i­dent of the Bri­tish Caribbean Cham­ber of Commerce Saint Lucia, John Kennedy.

With the New Year upon us and on be­half of BCCCSL, I take this op­por­tu­nity to wish you peace and pros­per­ity for the year ahead.

As we re­flect on the year that has passed we can take sat­is­fac­tion in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Bri­tish Caribbean Cham­ber of Commerce in Saint Lucia and what we have been able to achieve in a short amount of time.

We were de­lighted that with the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion of RISE, Dr Stephen King, Shel­ley Ann Noon and Dr Bird, the Cham­ber was able to as­sist in the place­ment of over 40 full tu­ition fee schol­ar­ships for Saint Lucia. In ad­di­tion in the lat­ter part of the year, through the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion, we were able to an­nounce that the num­ber of For­eign Of­fice Chevening Schol­ar­ships had been dou­bled.

The Cham­ber also wel­comed Lord Howard as its Pa­tron. A mem­ber of the Privy Coun­cil, for­mer Home Sec­re­tary and Leader of the UK Con­ser­va­tive Party, Lord Howard brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and con­tacts, both of which will help open doors to new bi-lat­eral ini­tia­tives and in­vest­ment.

At our launch party ear­lier in the year, we were hon­oured by the sup­port we re­ceived from across the Is­land, both amongst the busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Her Ex­cel­lency the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral was joined by the Speaker of the Se­nate, the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, min­is­ters, Leader of the United Work­ers Party and oth­ers, all of whom joined us in show­ing their com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing Saint Lucia as a place for busi­ness.

In the year ahead we will con­tinue with this work. We will sup­port Bri­tish in­vestors with an eye to this is­land, and Saint Lu­cian en­trepreneurs who see op­por­tu­nity in the UK.

On be­half of the Board of the Bri­tish Caribbean Cham­ber of Commerce, Saint Lucia, it is with plea­sure and con­fi­dence that I wish all a happy and pros­per­ous 2016.

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