Chile and Saint Lu­cia Pledge Col­lab­o­ra­tion on Trade, Women’s Devel­op­ment and Cli­mate Change

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Chile, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, and Prime Min­is­ter Hon­ourable Allen Chas­tanet have both spo­ken of the suc­cess of the of­fi­cial State Visit to Saint Lu­cia from Au­gust 24th to 25th, 2017. Dur­ing the visit Pres­i­dent Bachelet had an ex­ten­sive agenda which in­cluded meet­ing with the is­land's Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy, the Hon­ourable Mem­bers of the House of Par­lia­ment and the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters.

At a press briefing fol­low­ing the meet­ing with the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters, Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet stated that it was an in­cred­i­ble plea­sure host­ing the Pres­i­dent and her con­tin­gent in Saint Lu­cia adding that the two na­tions have had com­mon ex­pe­ri­ences. The two lead­ers signed a Joint Dec­la­ra­tion pledg­ing deeper ties in spe­cific ar­eas. The Chilean Pres­i­dent, who is passionate about women's is­sues, also an­nounced her coun­try's con­tri­bu­tion of US$100,000 to­wards an en­tre­pre­neur­ial fund for lo­cal women.

In thank­ing Chile, Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet said, “We have spo­ken about women's af­fairs and I want to pub­licly say thank you very much to the Gov­ern­ment of Chile through you, Madam Pres­i­dent, for hav­ing agreed to con­trib­ute US$100,000 to­wards build­ing the skills of women, par­tic­u­larly in the en­tre­pre­neur­ial area. This is ob­vi­ously some­thing that is very dear to our hearts in Cab­i­net and I just want to say on be­half of all the women in the Cab­i­net, 'Thank you,' and also from the women in Saint Lu­cia who are go­ing to ben­e­fit from this pro­gramme.”

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet ex­plained to the me­dia that Chile and Saint Lu­cia had also dis­cussed mat­ters re­lat­ing to cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and ex­cit­ing new prospects for trade.

“Some­times we think it is go­ing to be one way in terms of us just get­ting prod­ucts from Chile but be­cause of our ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion and some of the trade agree­ments that we cur­rently have, we be­lieve that there are also op­por­tu­ni­ties for our man­u­fac­tur­ers in the coun­try,” stated the Prime Min­is­ter.

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet was equally elated about the po­ten­tial as­sis­tance for lo­cal agri­cul­ture and the prospect of work­ing with ex­perts from Chile. “Thank you very much for shar­ing all of those things and I am look­ing for­ward to a very long last­ing re­la­tion­ship.”

For her part Pres­i­dent Bachelet, who ar­rived here with key Chilean gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and Latin Amer­i­can me­dia, de­scribed the visit as an his­toric one and said it re­flected the im­por­tance Chile places on re­la­tions with Saint Lu­cia and the Caribbean.

“Chile and Saint Lu­cia share many points of view on is­sues of in­ter­est for our coun­tries both bi­lat­er­ally and at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els,” Her Ex­cel­lency noted. “I would like to em­pha­size the com­mit­ment of both coun­tries to fun­da­men­tal val­ues such as re­spect for democ­racy, hu­man rights, rule of law and con­cern for the en­vi­ron­ment.

"Even though we are the south­ern-most coun­try in Latin Amer­ica and you are here in the Caribbean Sea, we do share our con­cern about the ocean and seas. We do have our con­cerns about cli­mate change. We do want to ex­change all th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences with our friends and part­ners. In that sense we have been work­ing bi­lat­er­ally with Saint Lu­cia but also in the con­text of Cari­com and the OECS. We will con­tinue work­ing on fo­cus­ing on ar­eas such as poverty erad­i­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture and the food sec­tor, dis­as­ter man­age­ment, adap­ta­tion to cli­mate change and strength­en­ing good prac­tices in the pri­vate sec­tor.”

Re­gard­ing ar­eas of trade the Pres­i­dent said that Saint Lu­cia and Chile had com­ple­ment­ing economies.

“We don't have the kind of things that you pro­duce here. Many of them we don't pro­duce in Chile, so we are not ad­ver­saries; we can work to­gether. I can imag­ine Chileans would love to have the pos­si­bil­ity of con­sum­ing fan­tas­tic shrimp, lob­sters and, of course, ba­nanas. And do we do not pro­duce any of those so we can im­prove and en­hance our pos­si­bil­i­ties through trade.”

Saint Lu­cia first es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with the Repub­lic of Chile in 1991. Two min­is­ters of gov­ern­ment are ex­pected to visit Chile soon to con­tinue dis­cus­sions on ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion.

Left to right: Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet and Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet ar­ri­iv­ing at the Govern­nor Gen­eral’s Res­i­dence for a wel­come re­cep­tion.

The Chilean Pres­i­dent, Michelle Bachelet, meet­ing with the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters.

A Eu­dovic orig­i­nal from the St Lucian Prime Min­is­ter to the Chilean Pres­i­dent.

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