The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter, prime min­is­ter and Par­lia­men­tary Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Vieux Fort South, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has wel­comed a new in­vest­ment into the town of Vieux Fort. Caribbean Grains Flour Mill, which pro­poses to em­ploy over one hun­dred per­sons upon com­ple­tion, is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at the Vieux Fort Sea­port. Ac­cord­ing to the prime min­is­ter, this is a ma­jor boost for the south of the is­land.

Said Dr. Anthony, “I wel­come this in­vest­ment, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of the job op­por­tu­ni­ties it presents now and in the fu­ture. Over the years, we have had the chal­lenge of deal­ing with un­em­ploy­ment in Vieux Fort, par­tic­u­larly as most of our fac­to­ries have closed and moved overseas on the ground that costs of op­er­a­tion in Saint Lu­cia are pro­hib­i­tive. The chal­lenge then has been to find al­ter­na­tives and to at­tract in­vestors to the south of the is­land. There­fore, this is a timely and much ap­pre­ci­ated in­vest­ment in Vieux Fort. For many, it is nos­tal­gic, as a flour mill once ex­isted in the same lo­ca­tion.

“This is also good news for Saint Lu­cia be­cause once fully op­er­a­tional, this would make us self-suf­fi­cient in pro­duc­ing flour for our needs.”

Dur­ing his con­stituency day on Wed­nes­day, March 30, 2016, the prime min­is­ter toured the con­struc­tion site and was briefed of the cur­rent sta­tus of the project.

The project cur­rently em­ploys twenty-six in­di­vid­u­als, and en­gages five sub­con­trac­tors. Con­struc­tion com­menced in Oc­to­ber 2015 and is ex­pected to be com­pleted in July 2016. The in­vestors have ex­pressed a de­sire to be fully op­er­a­tional by Novem­ber 2016.

Prime min­is­ter Kenny Anthony (left) is briefed on the progress of the project.

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