The National Competitiveness And Productivity Council - St. Lucia

The National Competitiveness And Productivity Council - St. Lucia A council established to ensure the efficient and proper use of available resources, to increase levels of productivity, to enhance national competitiveness and to provide for greater economic opportunities on all levels.

The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council aims to foster a improved competitive and productive environment in St. Lucia via a multitude of strategic programmes and activities targeting both the public and private sectors.

The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council aims to foster a improved competitive and productive environment in St. Lucia via a multitude of strategic programmes and activities targeting both the public and private sectors.

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Join the discussions on topical issues to boost national competitiveness and productivity in Saint Lucia. Capture all th...
29/09/2021

Join the discussions on topical issues to boost national competitiveness and productivity in Saint Lucia.

Capture all the events and activities for the 8th Annual Productivity Awareness Week from 11 - 15 October 2021.

Join the discussions on topical issues to boost national competitiveness and productivity in Saint Lucia.

Capture all the events and activities for the 8th Annual Productivity Awareness Week from 11 - 15 October 2021.

28/09/2021
The 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show set to launch

“Propelling business development through technology,” is the theme for the 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show scheduled for November 26-27, 2021. Minister for Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs, Hon. Emma Hippolyte alongside her team for the Commerce Ministry met with Taiwanese Ambassador H.E. Peter Chen and his delegation to advance planning efforts for this year’s Trade Show. The Trade Show aims to heighten awareness of ICT business solutions while showcasing unique products and services of Taiwanese and Saint Lucian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to a local and international audience. Ambassador Chen explained Taiwan’s partnership in the Trade Show.

“To increase trade and business is a very important job for my embassy and also to enhance the relationship between Taiwan and Saint Lucia. As you know Taiwan is a trading country. We export a lot of our products, that’s also our mandate to help our companies to export their products but also we try to increase the awareness of Taiwanese to the good products available in Saint Lucia and to enhance business between our two countries.”

Hon. Hippolyte noted that the Ministry of Commerce will assist all Saint Lucian businesses to improve the standard and quality of their products and services, to be export-ready and to build their competitiveness.

“We must get businesses going. As a business matures and makes profit we need to employ people. And the long and short of it is that every Saint Lucia wants a decent job, one where they can get an income that can feed their families. That is a summary of what all of us want and we can only do this when we have a Ministry of Commerce supporting the business community, talking to them, removing and helping them remove the challenges that they have and helping them get into new markets.”

Marketing Specialist with the Ministry of Commerce, Cindy Eugene, said due to Covid-19 this year’s Trade Show will rely heavily on the use of ICT as the platform to propel business development and to increase awareness of Saint Lucian products and services.

“The Trade Show here is part of the Love Saint Lucia Campaign because the Love Saint Lucia Campaign is an emphasis to encourage persons to be familiar with what Saint Lucia produces. It encourages the use of Saint Lucian goods; encourages the trade of Saint Lucian goods and services and here we look at goods and services from Taiwan. The partnership here is to get some support from Taiwan be it that we can trade, be it that we can see some great distribution or goods from Taiwan within the Caribbean and we can also seek to get some manufacturing tools, some machinery to improve our processes here in Saint Lucia to have more efficient products similar to what we see coming out of Taiwan.”

Ambassador Chen believes that the focus on ICT and Virtual platforms at the Trade Show will attract greater interest in Taiwan and other international jurisdictions.

“I think there’s a lot of products and a lot of good resources in Saint Lucia and I really encourage more people to come to Saint Lucia or more people to do business or invest in Saint Lucia.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will also be signed at the Trade Show between the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. The Commerce Minister is optimistic that this MOU will bear much fruit.

“We are hoping that by signing the MOU members of the two bodies would have an opportunity to start doing business to business arrangements with their counterparts in Taiwan.”

The 14th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show will feature fourteen (14) Taiwanese companies, 12 Saint Lucian businesses, the American Chamber of Commerce in Barbados and the DigiGov project from Saint Lucia.

Let's plan to advance our economy.  Productivity Awareness Week 11-15, 2021.  Save the date. Events will be live on Stlu...
22/09/2021

Let's plan to advance our economy. Productivity Awareness Week 11-15, 2021. Save the date. Events will be live on Stluciancpc Facebook and Youtube pages.

Let's plan to advance our economy. Productivity Awareness Week 11-15, 2021. Save the date. Events will be live on Stluciancpc Facebook and Youtube pages.

20/09/2021
Productivity Awareness Week 11-15 October, 2021

COVID-19 continues to pressure our health system, our economy, our productivity.
But, it has caused us to be more resilient and innovative.
Productivity Awareness Week 2021, will focus on our resilience in healthcare and agriculture, opportunities in the circular and youth economy, innovation in our communications environment, and our local economy.
We will also focus on increased access to finance, new procurement legislation, launch a new productivity tool and discuss solutions to close the digital divide.
Join the discussions during Productivity Awareness Week, October 11 -15, under the theme “Saint Lucia - Resilient, Innovative, Productive”
Follow us Live on our Facebook and youtube pages at Stluciancpc.
The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council, Embracing Excellence.

10/09/2021
UK Minister gets a first-hand view of the Millennium Highway and West Coast Road Reconstruction Project in Saint Lucia

Minister of State for Business, Energy, and Clean Growth from the United Kingdom, Hon. Ann Marie Trevelyan visited Saint Lucia to witness first-hand some of the adaptation projects funded by the UK Government. One of the key projects she visited was the Millennium Highway and West Coast Road Reconstruction Project.

“So I am really looking forward to seeing for myself exactly where this road will go and to understand just how important it’s going to be for so many of Saint Lucia’s residents but also off course for tourists as they come to visit your wonderful island.”

Minister Trevelyan is also the adaptation and resilience champion for COP 26, hosted in the UK this year. She noted that vulnerable countries like Saint Lucia face challenges due to “big climatic changes” such as flooding which washes away roads. She stressed the importance of building new structures with resilience in mind understanding the impacts of climate change.

“We are doing the same in the UK. We are building roads that have to be more resilient to our weather socks and that’s part of what we want to be doing as we make sure the funds that we spend to help infrastructure for those countries that need it to is doing exactly the same things so that Saint Lucian citizens have the opportunity to benefit from solid investments, which means the economic growth can continue and we can see Saint Lucia grow from strength to strength.”

The Minister and her team received an overview of the Millennium Highway project which outlined areas such as project scope, requirements, funding, risks, and project timeline. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ivor Daniel, who accompanied the Minister on a tour said this is a project that all Saint Lucians should be excited about due to the road safety, sustainability, and resilience considerations featured in the design of the project.

“The project, the design I would say was not the typical design. In there was the issue of the climate vulnerability assessment that had to be conducted prior to and had to inform the design that the consultant had to put together. The consultant also had to take into consideration the outcome of an IRAP study which is a road safety study and there are other issues of gender-related matters which had to be taken on board. We had to take on board the matters with project-affected persons. We need to ensure that those vendors which will be displaced that there is a new location for them or there is some manner in which that would satisfy and they would continue to survive in this country.”

He said the overall project has been divided into three lots. Lot one has been awarded and is due to commence in September 2021. Lots two and three are being rescoped for rebidding. Nicholas Johnny is the Project Coordinator for the Millennium Highway and West Coast Road Reconstruction Project.

“This represents a major infrastructural project of existing roads approximately 40.2km of road. It commences in Castries at the Banannes Roundabout and it ends in Soufriere at the Soufriere Bridge. There are three lots, 6.1km from Castries to Cul de Sac, you have 11km from Cul de Sac to Anse La Raye inclusive of the reconstruction of the Anse La Raye Bridge, which will see the demolition of the existing bridge and the reconstruction of a new two-lane bridge. Then you have the final segment which will be from Anse La Raye all the way down to Soufriere.”

Along the tour, we spoke to two individuals from Marigot and Anse La Raye respectively who will be directly impacted by the project. They expressed their satisfaction with the level of consultation and arrangements made to facilitate them during and post-project ex*****on.

Patrica James – Business Owner in Marigot
“I think it’s a great idea will be better for me in the long-run because I am not really safe where I am because I am on the roadside so I am going to move further away from the road so it’s going to be better for me and my business.”

Antonius Stephen – Resident of Anse La Raye
“Yes, the ministry official came to speak to me. I see it is a good project. I have accepted it and if I have to shift I will shift, I have no problem with that because the project will benefit me and the village of Anse La Raye and all vehicles which use the road. When it rains, many vehicles get damaged on this bridge. This bridge needs to be replaced, altogether.”

The project is estimated at US$54 million comprising UKCIF Funding of 69%, a CDB loan of 15% and 17% is funded by the Government of Saint Lucia. When completed the project will improve the overall road network, improve infrastructural resilience and connectivity, and is projected to foster greater economic activity for Saint Lucia.

08/09/2021
Holy Family Children’s Home receives a large monetary donation from Saint Lucia Living in Martinique

The Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation, and Diaspora Affairs facilitated a monetary donation to the Holy Family Children’s Home from Saint Lucian-born Marjorie Duchel Zephrin now resident in Martinique.

Martha Pierre who made the presentation on behalf of Marjorie Duchel said her cousin was born in the town of Soufriere to Enos and Julia Calixte and has been considering for quite some time how she can contribute to the county of her birth.

“She sought the assistance of the Council in Martinique, Ms. Johanna Salton, to determine the most effective and meaningful way that she could contribute to the welfare of children in Saint Lucia. After much consideration and discussion, they decided upon the Holy Family Children’s Home in Saint Lucia…It is on her behalf that I as the oldest relative residing here make this presentation of EC$30,000 to Sister Antonia David.”

Administrator at the Holy Family Children’s Home, Sister Antonia David, expressed her gratitude for this timely donation which will greatly assist the home in molding productive citizens of Saint Lucia.

“A big thank you to Madame Duchel for opening up her heart. It’s difficult for persons everywhere and to come to the point of choosing to give back to Saint Lucia and to give to children, and I often tell people these are the persons who will be taking care of us tomorrow. So they will be the ones sitting here in the not-so-far future as the Ministers, Doctors, and Nurses and doing exactly what Madame Duchel is doing. So we are very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you Madame Duchel and your friends and family.”

Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs, Jocelyne C. Fletcher recognized the importance of the diaspora to national development and said that this was the third individual in the diaspora who has made such large contributions in 2021.

“You have just again proven my point bout the diaspora how important they are and what they do and it has been the mantra of this office since it was set up two years ago, to ensure that Saint Lucia know what our diaspora is doing. Our diaspora are very important people and that they are important to the social and economic development of Saint Lucia.”

Madam Duchel was visibly pleased that her contribution has gone to service the needs of the children at the Holy Family Children’s Home. Via a Zoom connection, she applauded the managers of the home for the wonderful work they have been doing.

“When you said about the youngsters, I thought they were teenagers but when I saw the pictures and I saw the young children and so on, I was very impressed and I think I have been loving them from then. I thought they were grown up but then I see the children just coming up and I am very glad that she chose that group. So I thank everyone who was in charge because we could not be there personally but then everything has been done and I thank all my family.”

The check presentation was held at the conference room of the Ministry of External Affairs, in the presence of the Minister of External Affairs, Hon. Alva Baptiste, other senior members of staff, and family members of Marjorie Duchel Zephrin.

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07/09/2021

The Finance Administrative Building announces temporary closure of the building to facilitate deep cleaning. See urgent notice.

The Finance Administrative Building announces temporary closure of the building to facilitate deep cleaning. See urgent notice.

Catch the excitement of Productivity Awareness Week 2021. Like the page for the latest updates, programme schedule and h...
01/09/2021

Catch the excitement of Productivity Awareness Week 2021. Like the page for the latest updates, programme schedule and highlights.

Catch the excitement of Productivity Awareness Week 2021. Like the page for the latest updates, programme schedule and highlights.

22/07/2021
IRD returns to the Waterfront

Staff at the Inland Revenue Department, the (IRD) are excited about returning to their original location on the Waterfront in Castries. This is after a more than two-year absence from the building and extensive renovation work carried out to improve their physical environment. Marcia Vité, Comptroller at the IRD said the Department was forced to relocate due to health and safety concerns but she is optimistic that the new location will allow for more efficient and effective service delivery to their clients.

PRESS RELEASEDate: 22nd July 2021IRD returns to the WaterfrontStaff at the Inland Revenue Department, the (IRD) are exci...
22/07/2021

PRESS RELEASE
Date: 22nd July 2021

IRD returns to the Waterfront

Staff at the Inland Revenue Department, the (IRD) are excited about returning to their original location on the Waterfront in Castries. This is after a more than two-year absence from the building and extensive renovation work carried out to improve their physical environment. Marcia Vité, Comptroller at the IRD said the Department was forced to relocate due to health and safety concerns but she is optimistic that the new location will allow for more efficient and effective service delivery to their clients.


“We had been a bit fragmented if you want to call it that, trying to operate in approximately four or five locations. So now our location at the Blue Coral Mall, at Laborie Street, and the one at Accountant General’s Office, will all be relocating to the Waterfront in order to serve the public a lot better.”

The move to the Waterfront, she said, will take the form of a staggered approach for approximately two weeks in an effort to minimize disruption to vital services offered by the IRD.

“We’re trying to start off with our taxpayer service unit and our cash unit being functional at least by the 29th of July. We will be closed from the 26th of July which will enable us to relocate to the waterfront. We will still be utilizing the same floors, the first and the third floors, however, our services will continue in terms of taxpayer service at our location on Bridge Street at the Bank of Saint Lucia on the 3rd Floor. But, on the 29th of July, we should be able to serve the public in terms of cashiering and taxpayer services from the first floor of our Water Front location.”


The Comptroller says the public can expect a marked improvement in service delivery, with the consolidation of most of IRD’s services at the Waterfront with the exception of the Property Tax Unit at Sunny Acres and the larger to medium taxpayer services upstairs the Bank of Saint Lucia, Bridge Street in Castries.


“We would want to encourage persons to utilize our e-services. Remember, that it is always available, filing online is a lot easier than facing the line at the Inland Revenue Department. So we would like to encourage all our taxpayers to file online, pay online, call us if they need some assistance in registering but that is the most efficient way. So we would like to encourage all to e-file.”

Vité is also reassuring both staff and the general public that the refurbished Waterfront location is a better, healthier work environment and appeals for patience and understanding as the IRD strives to improve the quality of its services to the general public.

For further information, contact the IRD at 1(758) 468-5700.

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The Government of Saint Lucia established the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) in 2013 with the following key objectives: • To raise awareness and understanding of the importance of competitiveness and productivity to economic well-being. • To monitor all aspects of productivity growth and competitiveness in Saint Lucia vis-à-vis other countries. • To monitor all aspects of productivity and competitiveness in the various sectors of the economy. • To provide advice to the Government on actions to promote productivity growth and competitiveness in Saint Lucia. • To monitor and report on the progress made in the implementation of solutions to actions designed to boost competitiveness and productivity in Saint Lucia. • To assess specific competitiveness and productivity topics in greater detail. • To advocate on actions to promote productivity and competitiveness.

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The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council was established with the aim to identify the key issues related to competitiveness and productivity in St. Lucia as well as provide timely and effective recommendations to policy makers, private sector and other stakeholders.

The council intends to do this through research, broad based stakeholder consultations, providing technical assistance, coordinating and assisting in strategies that will enhance and sustain Saint Lucia´s productivity and competitiveness.

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