CHAMBER AND MINISTER AGREE ON FRANK OPEN COMMUNICATION BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT AND TRUST
The Board of Directors of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture led by First Vice President Geraldine Pitt met with Minister in the Prime Minister's Office with responsibility for Commerce, Bradley Felix on Thursday 30th June, 2016 in an introductory meeting.
The Chamber and the Minister agreed that there was need for regular frank and open dialogue between the Ministry and the Chamber based on mutual respect and trust. The Minister noted his government's appreciation for the role the Chamber plays in national development and said he was looking forward to working with this important institution in bringing growth and employment to Saint Lucia's economy and, of course, profitability to business.
The Chamber, for its part, highlighted its tradition of working well with the government of the day and its continued commitment to working with the Ministry on 'Making it Easier to do Business' for its members and improving the environment for doing business. The Chamber also pointed out to the New Minister, its ongoing concern with the process government has used in taking important legislation to parliament. In particular, without first publishing “the bill” and providing adequate time and opportunity for civil society to review and comment, or even consult on the various pieces of draft legislation.
The Chamber also called on the Minister to involve the Chamber early in the process of policy formulation as well as involve Chamber representatives on the key national boards and institutions where the perspective and skills of the private sector can be of significant benefit.
The Minister was also updated on the work the Chamber was undertaking in seeking to establish a Single Window for trade in Saint Lucia.