Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Canelles Resort to offer employment opportunities in Micoud - PM

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet flanked by officials of Canelles Resort and Invest St Lucia turning the sod.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet flanked by officials of Canelles Resort and Invest St Lucia turning the sod.

Numerous employment and entrepreneurial opportunities are on the horizon for Saint Lucians when the first approved real estate project under the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme is completed.

This was the crux of the messages by government officials at the groundbreaking ceremony of Saint Lucia Canelles Resort, which was held yesterday, January 15, 2020.

The project is being developed by Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate. It is comprised of two luxury branded all-inclusive resorts together with resort residences and amenities on a 160 acre-site in Rouame, Canelles, Micoud. The resort will be managed by AMResorts, the "fastest-growing luxury leisure company in North America."

In his remarks, Hon. Bradly Felix, Minister of Commerce, International Trade, Investment and Enterprise Development, said: “What is about to unfold is just one small step in the master plan for our nation.”

He said the project will be of much benefit to Saint Lucians, especially residents of Micoud.

“Residents of Micoud will soon find out that they will no longer have to travel far from their communities for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities,” Felix said, adding that the plan the government has for the south may probably reverse the brain drain to the north of the island.

According to him, Saint Lucia has one of the best investment climates in the region.

Attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony of Saint Lucia Canelles Resort

“Our ease of doing business ranking has always been in the top five in the region. St Lucia is well poised to become a leading investment location in the Caribbean in the next five to 10 years,” Felix added.

According to the minister, St Lucia is ready, willing and able to ensure that we attract the best, brightest and most ethical and conscious investors to our shores.

He called on the investors to treat the people of this country and our environment like their own

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet described the development as a sustainable one, adding that he is very proud of it.

He said the problem of residents of the south having to travel far from their homes to seek employment will soon be a thing of the past.

According to the prime minister, his party was clear on its intention of bringing investment opportunities and increasing employment in St Lucia as stated in its manifesto.

“Development has to be for all. We are proud to have this development,” Chastanet said.

Roderick Cherry, Chief Executive Officer of Invest St Lucia said: “This is just the beginning… St. Lucia is trending globally and has been identified as a hot spot for development.

He said what has happened today is as a result of hard work on the part of the staff of Invest St Lucia, the government, and their other partners who they have collaborated with.

 “We are very proud and excited about this development,” Cherry said.

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