The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

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.

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