THE CHOICE: TAKE THE LONG ROAD TO PROS­PER­ITY OR SUF­FO­CATE IN POVERTY

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Peter Josie

seen and ex­pressed in heart­felt re­morse.

In his ad­dress, Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Chas­tanet laid down five clear and con­crete steps by which his govern­ment hopes to achieve the goal of eco­nomic re­cov­ery and sus­tain­able growth. Cre­at­ing sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment through eco­nomic growth is job num­ber one. Job num­ber two is re-en­gi­neer­ing the so­cial ser­vices. Job num­ber three is re­form­ing govern­ment re­mained,” he said.

The PM also cited pro­duc­tiv­ity as an is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed. He said that Saint Lu­cia's pro­duc­tiv­ity has been fall­ing by an av­er­age of 0.6% from 2007 to 2016. Surely, even the most vo­cif­er­ous op­po­nent of the govern­ment will con­cede that such a trend needs to be re­versed, re­gard­less of which po­lit­i­cal party holds of­fice.

The PM also in­di­cated that the is­land's debt bur­den can be ac­cessed with­out im­pos­ing too high a bur­den on re­cip­i­ents. We want to build a coun­try where peo­ple can en­joy a com­fort­able stan­dard of liv­ing with­out im­pos­ing a bur­den on fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The vi­sion would not be more clearly stated. What the prime min­is­ter needs to do now is for him and his ex­perts to visit the var­i­ous towns and vil­lages and hold town hall meet­ings to fur­ther ex­plain his govern­ment's vi­sion.

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