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Unlocking St Lucia’s political and economic future

Commenters on social media to the original publication below have surely lived the test of time; and likewise, the writers’ point of view.

In this scenario time and experience have not changed and/or altered the narrative progressively by our technocrats and leaders. Perhaps those responsible may have missed the publication or choose to ignore [a common occurrence], at the expense of taxpayers.

Commenters on social media wrote:

  • “I tend to agree that the Westminister system of government perhaps is not designed for small island states We need a fresh approach away from a two-party state, where we can hire and fire the qualified technocrat to lead our ministries. I certainly do not mean lawyers.”
  • “Sound ideas although I always abhor men with too much theory and lack of practicality. I often smile at how successful some of our local businessmen were, whilst our so-called bright and highly educated boys are dismal failures. I do agree to keep your writing style simple.”
  • “I like your stuff, but, get into a strong Party, quickly.”
  • “I read your articles religiously and I find them interesting most of the time. Like you, I believe a flaw lies with elected selfish individuals. However, unlike you, I believe the greater problem lies in the system. The Westminster system is crafted for educated societies. Can you compare an average Englishman and an average Saint Lucian? Our adopted system is not efficient because sometimes you have idiots holding ministries and brilliant people are sitting on the sidelines in opposition. Why can’t we harness our resources to their potential? Because one is able to shout, “Meester Speeeker” does not add any value to us. The political parties are like tribes performing perpetual war dances. I firmly believe a government ran by technocrats is the answer.

[Originally appeared June 9, 2015, reproduced by Caribbean News Global with permission]

The political, economic and security hysteria taking place in Saint Lucia requires a new and different approach: a common position that is fortified by a detailed vision and a solution-driven strategy capable of transforming the lives of citizens.

Selfish ideologies and unreasonable justification have lead to the development of a wanton state of affairs. As such, the time is ripe for change and collaboration.

Effecting positive change in the future progress of the country requires a progressive partnership or political alliance to form a nucleus that will raise the level of discourse and present a great strategy to achieve smart economic growth for residents to earn a decent livelihood and enjoy a good life, as well as to attract long term investment and growth prospects.

To achieve this, changing demographics, complementary visions and the aspirations of alternative ideas must come together to create a dynamic environment where changing geopolitics and economic security is needed to place the country’s interest over the current selfish political system.

Recent examples of such alliances and their success have been demonstrated in St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, which based on current analysis is poised to repeat the 2010 coalition experience.

This call to national duty is more pressing than before, to resuscitate a dead business environment that urgently requires distinctive talent, committed to and passionate about making lives better, with the achievement of smart economic growth.

With intelligent engagement and changing demographics, a successful strategy is capable of identifying and attracting the best growth prospects.

At present, society needs to pursue a system conducive to promoting sustainable development; realizing the overall progress of society, in fulfilling and developing democracy.

Fortunately, Saint Lucia is strategically positioned in the region to carve out this major opportunity within a strategic blueprint that is well designed and capable of winning support for socio-economic development and mitigate current security risks.

The principal objective in all of this is the liberation of the people and the prosperity of the country, in a concerted effort for national unity and progress.

This potential is clear, along a path that must unswervingly follow the road of developing the useful fruits of civilised politics, and where all democratic parties and individuals would become partners in nation-building. And this new relationship of unity and cooperation must ensure that the people are the masters of the state, rather than an elite minority being masters of people.

Such collaboration will grasp the kind of improved organization needed to engage in effective dialogue, with focus, vision, and commitment to the development of a grand strategy that is exponentially measurable to progress.

Constructive political dialogue should cover all aspects of mutual interest in terms of domestic and/or international issues.

It should prepare the way for new initiatives for pursuing common goals and establishing common ground in areas such as regional integration, poverty reduction, and social cohesion, sustainable development, regional security and stability, conflict prevention and resolution, human rights, democracy, good governance, migration, and the fight against corruption, counter-terrorism, drugs, and small arms and light weapons.

It should also provide a basis for initiatives to be taken and support efforts to develop initiatives, including cooperation, and actions in Saint Lucia and throughout the Caribbean region.

Further, political cooperation should focus on the promotion of political and social stability through democracy, respect for human rights and good governance; deepening of the process of regional integration among the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) contributing to higher economic growth and gradual improvement of quality of life for the people of Saint Lucia; poverty reduction and promotion of more equitable access to social services and the rewards of economic growth, ensuring an appropriate balance between economic, social and environmental components in a sustainable development context.

Such political cooperation should take account of cross-cutting aspects relating to economic and social development, including issues such as gender, natural disaster prevention, and response, environmental conservation and protection, biodiversity, cultural diversity, research, and technological development. Regional integration should also be considered as a cross-cutting theme and in that regard cooperation actions at a national level should be compatible with the process of regional integration.

This cooperation would be implemented by means of technical and financial assistance, studies, training, exchanges of information and expertise, meetings, seminars, research projects or any other means agreed in the context of the area of cooperation, the objectives pursued and the means available.

With the unselfish collaboration of progressive minds with an understanding of the global business community, geopolitical issues, leadership and executive experience that uphold progressive values, the trajectory to connect Saint Lucia with achievable opportunities ahead is there to be grasped.

It’s actually that easy to achieve a lasting reward and transcend an era with purpose and the right narrative in history.

However, the old and tired players in our political, social and economic development cannot be given legitimacy as the way forward for our country. We need a massive shakeup that aims to inject new ideas and a new direction for Saint Lucia.

The experience of St Kitts, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago are all encouraging approaches. However, it can’t be done for political expedience or with politicians and other players that are untrustworthy or filled with ulterior motives.

Placing our country first and above our personal ambitions for political power and control is what the people of Saint Lucia are clamouring for – at this time.



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