Philip J Pierre, The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, delivered his New Year address on January 7, 2024. PM, During his address, he vowed to bring people-centric policies that align with the “One Nation One People, Common Purpose” agenda of his government for the overall progress of the Country.
PM Philip J Pierre took to his social media handles to share the highlights of his New Year address to the nation. In his Facebook post, PM Philip J Pierre stated, “To the People of Castries East, thank you for your steadfast love over the last 26 years. One Nation, One People, Common Purpose.2024 New Year’s Address”.
A large number of social media users appreciated the announcement of PM in his address. PM Philip also shared the World Bank report to show the progress of the Country’s economy.
As per the PM Philip J Pierre, the social support for the vulnerable section of society has been increased by the government; he also said that in the new year, our government would make an effort to boost the investment in key areas, including infrastructure, housing development, seaports, airports and road rehabilitation.
PM Philip J Pierre, speaking specifically stated that the redevelopment and modernisation of cruise infrastructure of post-Castries and the Soufriere are going to begin very soon by the GPH (Global Ports Holding).
Similarly, the redevelopment work of the Hewanorra International Airport will get started shortly. The PM also expected that the work for the construction of the four buildings of St. Jude Hospital would be completed by June 2024, and the rest of the work will also be finished within a short period.
The PM also highlighted the agenda of the government for the creation of a maximum number of jobs for the youth of the Country. He assured the citizens that the government is determined to initiate a number of measures in the direction of job creation.
It is worth mentioning that the PM stated, “We will make the necessary reform in the tax system of the country with the review of tax amnesty policies”. Taxpayers owe the amount of over $600 million to the government”.
Speaking on the importance of the Diaspora in the Country’s economy, PM Philip J Pierre added that “we will introduce the law with the aim to encourage our residents in Diasporas to return to open business ventures in our country”.
On the social front PM disclosed that over 400 scholarships have been provided to students in the last two years. Moreover, the government is determined to create an environment to fulfil the dreams of all the Saint Lucians. Additionally, $7 million have been allocated under the home care program to secure the care of older people.
The issue of Minimum and equal liveable legislation was also mentioned in PM’s address. PM expected the implementation of Minimum wage law for workers across all sectors.
PM Philip J Pierre also said during his address that the judicial system will also be strengthened to make the country crime-free. At the same time, PM also spoke on climate change and food and nutrition security and assured to bring in the appropriate policies for both areas as well.