United Workers Party          2011 Manifesto    The POWER of WE
The 2011 Manifesto of the United Workers Party           Our achievements celebrate the blessings offeatures a detailed li...
PART ONE                                   OUR ACHIEVEMENTS .................................................................
Our                           AchievementsThe United Workers Party: A History of Unsurpassed Progress.                    ...
3.       National Security, and Regulatory, Supervisory, Legislative and Governance Initiatives                   4.    Ed...
OUR PRIORITIES:                                                                                                           ...
Our AgendaUWP will develop detailed programmes to pursue the following specific priorities:                               ...
MESSAGE                                 FROM THE POLITICAL LEADER                                                       To...
STATEMENT                                              FROM THE PARTY CHAIRMAN                                            ...
OUR VISION                                                                                                                ...
EDUCATION, HEALTH AND HOUSINGEvery country that has made significant strides in           sector will be encouraged to pro...
NEW ECONOMIC FRONTIERS                                                                                          CULTUREWe ...
We will collaborate with the Saint Lucia Amateur        leisure, but it will also be available to all SaintSwimming Associ...
In the toughest of times around the world;                                       WE, the People’s Leadership Team         ...
The New Hewanorra International Airport.                                                From Vision To Delivery        Imp...
1.      CONTINUING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND                                                                           PAR...
Creating Jobs through Economic GrowthCreating jobs will be our main priority during the new five-year term. Increasing the...
National Vision PlanOver the Next Five Years                                                                              ...
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
United Workers Party Manifesto 2011
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  1. 1. United Workers Party 2011 Manifesto The POWER of WE
  2. 2. The 2011 Manifesto of the United Workers Party Our achievements celebrate the blessings offeatures a detailed listing of our achievements as POWER OF WE over the past five years, andthe duty elected government of Saint Lucia from legitimize the power of possibilities that will inspireDecember 2006. This record of solid performance our development efforts over the next five years,in delivering on the promise to secure the greatest leveraging the power of working together as onegood for the greatest number is the platform on people and one nation.which we seek re-election. Manifesto 2011 also features comprehensive policyOur value proposition to the people of Saint Lucia statements which provide the road map fromis all about utilizing the POWER of “WE”. - We the vision to goals, to governance fundamentals, topeople, joining hearts and hands, a nd voices, in priorities on the action plan going forward. Thisthe cause of a better St. Lucia for all Saint Lucians. all-embracing document will be widely circulated and will also be available on-line atThroughout the turmoil of various disasters at www.uwpstlucia.comhome and abroad. It is the POWER OF WE thatworked wonders for us ensuring remarkable results The UWP counts it a great joy and honour to invitein the worst of times around the world. you to give Manifesto 2011 your most careful consideration.www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 1www.uwpstlucia.com
  3. 3. PART ONE OUR ACHIEVEMENTS ...................................................................................................................4 OUR PRIORITIES : WHAT WE WILL DELIVER ......................................................................... 9 MESSAGE FROM THE POLITICAL LEADER ......................................................................... 13 STATEMENT FROM THE PARTY CHAIRMAN .......................................................................14 OUR VISION ..................................................................................................................................162 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 3 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  4. 4. Our AchievementsThe United Workers Party: A History of Unsurpassed Progress. 2. Growth Inducing Measures and Achievements in Agriculture, Tourism and Other SectorsA consistent record of performance that has provided decades of prosperity to generations ofSaint Lucians. • Launch of a National Competitiveness and projects, despite the difficult global Productivity Council financial environment:We are known at home and abroad for sound economic management and delivering on our promises. No • The revitalization of Agriculture. We are Administration in the history of Saint Lucia has ever had to face and manage within five years, the number now self sufficient in egg production, more - Baywalk - Jalousie Plantationand extent of external shocks and natural disasters that this Administration has faced: home grown food is consumed locally and Expansion• The oil price shock – prices rising and • The drought in 2010 the food import bill relative to total - Landings - Renovation and peaking in July 2008 • Hurricane Tomas in October 2010, costing spending is lower than ever Expansion of Le Sport and• The food price crisis in 2008 EC$907 million in losses and damage • The development of agriculture including: Ti Kaye• The global financial crisis in 2008 and • Rising international commodity prices in - Policy decision to return Union to - Mardini - Bank of Saint Lucia lingering effects right up to the present 2011 agricultural development instead of being headquarters at Massade, time • Floods in 2011 used as a football playground Gros Islet• Hurricane Dean in September 2009 (the Gold Project) - Karlione Court - Providence Centre at - The construction of the Tissue Culture Rodney BayIn spite of these adversities, the following were achieved under the UWP Administration: Laboratory - Hewanorra - Mercury Court at Choc Bay1. Macroeconomic Management and Strategies for Keeping the Cost of Living Low - The distribution of some 100 green houses House - The development of a hatchery for tilapia - FDL Building - Choc Financial Centre• Positive growth on average for the last five Saint Lucia’s public debt grew by $539 and prawns and the resuscitation of - Morne Du Cap - Johnson’s Superstore at year term, with a high of 4.4 percent in 2010 million between December 2006 and the agriculture Rodney Bay• Inflation was contained present. This is less than the SLP’s - Development of orchid production as part• In 2010, Saint Lucia became the largest $677 million increase in debt between of the agricultural diversification effort • Building of vendors’ booths on Jeremie economy in the OECS, a position it lost in December 2001 and December 2006 - Commencement of construction of a meat Street and lower Darling Road 1998 under SLP rule - Debt moved from 29.3%of GDP in processing facility in Vieux Fort • Resurfaced the Babonneau, East Coast • Fiscal discipline, reflected in Saint Lucia December 2001 to 50.2% in December - Opening of a fisheries facility in Road from Praslin to Cannelles and being one of few ECCU countries without 2006. That is an increase of 20.9 percentage Anse-La-Raye upgrading of the West Coast Road an IMF programme points. By comparison, the UWP - Reactivation of the Beausejour Agricultural (ongoing)• Maintenance of Saint Lucia’s country rating Administration increased the debt by 12.8 Station • Rehabilitation of Castries urban roads of BBB+ because of sound management percentage points to 63% of GDP at the end • Government acquired SLBC shares in • Development of the Gros Islet Waterfront and strong economic performance of 2010 WINFRESH at a cost of $26.266 million, area• From 2007 to 2011 Saint Lucia was ranked • Created opportunities for placing greater thus ensuring those shares remain in the • Increased airlift to Saint Lucia the number one CARICOM country economic power in the hands of ordinary hands of Saint Lucians • Significant increase in tourist arrivals for Doing Business Saint Lucians • Rehabilitation of agricultural feeder roads • Establishment of a maritime registry• Tax exemptions to provide relief to • Subsidized basic food items – rice, flour, • WASCO kept in the hands of Saint Lucians • Undertaking a substantial Post Tomas Re consumers in 2007/08 when world prices Sugar, every year for the last five years. and not sold to foreigners to control and covery and Reconstruction programme escalated The subsidy for 2011/2012 will be profit from providing precious water to • Establishment of a Regional Integration • Increase in income tax deduction to approximately $22 million the people and Diaspora Unit in the Office of the $17,000 from$16,000 • Increase in LPG subsidy to $15 per 20 lb • Payment of entitlement to WASCO workers Prime Minister• Increase in mortgage allowances to $20,000 cylinder of LPG from $8 in 2006 outstanding for 10 years • Implemented over 200 community from $16,000 • Against the IMF advice, this government • Maintained investor confidence in the projects island-wide under the• Reduced the rate of growth of the debt. reduced the excise tax on fuel from economy, evidenced by the many Constituency Development Programme Despite rising costs resulting from the $3 per gallon to as low as $1.25 per gallon domestic private sector construction severe external shocks over the past five in June 2011 years, 4 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 5 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  5. 5. 3. National Security, and Regulatory, Supervisory, Legislative and Governance Initiatives 4. Education, Health, Social Development and Culture• Violent crime under control. While Labour for Bordelais Correctional Facility and other • Commencement of the process to upgrade programme (social welfare) and pensions talked about crime reduction for years, we strategic areas around the country the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to various categories of pensioners; took action. They paid lip service. • Enacted legislation to ensure that there will (SALCC) to a University building footpaths, bridges and homes for WE TOOK ACTION! Saint Lucians are now not be a repeat of the Rochamel Loan • Reinstatement of allowance for teachers needy persons with the help of the safer with the UWP Guarantee arrangement attending Teachers’ Training College Taiwanese; providing computer labs in• The establishment of the Financial Services • Establishment of Rural Councils to broaden • Significantly increased access to university schools and completing the platform for Regulatory Authority to strengthen the reach of Local Government education through the provision of study e-government to improve the delivery of regulation and supervision of non-bank • Establishment of a Civil Status Rectification grants and student loan guarantees social and other programmes financial institutions Office • Re-introduction of school buses • The establishment of HOPE which is • Provision of closed circuit television (CCTV) • The repair of and upgrading of St. Jude administered by the Saint Lucia Social hospital which is ongoing Development Fund (SSDF) to help young • Completion and commissioning of the New people gain skills Mental Wellness Centre • Constructed a new Senior Citizens Home in • Start of construction of the New National Black Bay, Vieux Fort Hospital costing $130 million • Building Human Resource Centres in • Development of eye care services. Monchy, LaRessource and Laborie and Establishment of the Eye Care Centre of Grand Riviere Excellence with assistance from Cuba • Completion of a transit house for children • Refurbishment of a number of health • Increasing contribution for the arts centres around the island including carnival and music education • Implementation of social policy initiatives • Bringing pipe-borne water to residents of la to prevent vulnerable groups from Bourne falling into the cracks. These include • Refurbishment of the Gros Islet Town increasing the number of basic food items; Square funding for the public assistance 6 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 7 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  6. 6. OUR PRIORITIES: WHAT WE WILL DELIVER5 Youth and Sports With our new agenda for growth and development, we will continue to lead Saint Lucians towards prosperity, greater security and a better future.• The re-establishment of the Saint Lucia • Redevelopment of the Phillip Marcellin Development Bank (SLDB), along with the Grounds in Vieux Fort The main goal of the UWP Administration will be attaining higher rates of economic growth and reducing launch of the Small Business Facility • Refurbishment of major playing fields as unemployment, particularly among our youth, over the next five years. In addition, the UWP will focus on• Launch of the Youth Enterprise Equity Fund well as community playing fields the following priority areas: at the SLDB, thus providing young people • Completion of the National Tennis Facility at with project finance and unprecedented Beausejour • Strengthening the environment for job • Reconfiguring the education system to economic opportunities • Start of the construction and refurbishment creation by the local and foreign private provide a more flexible and relevant • Refurbishment of the George Odlum of a playing facility at George V Park sector workforce National Stadium and hosting of • Expanding incentives and making the • Providing the opportunity for the youth to CARIFTA Games business climate more attractive for local give full expression to their creativity and foreign investors and sporting prowess, undertake training • Managing the public debt consistent with and skill development programmes, the UWP’s economic growth agenda and become gainfully employed and achieve the need to maintain fiscal sustainability their ambitions • Employing appropriate strategies to • Provision of expanded transportation stimulate the productive sector, including infrastructure modernizing and expanding Agriculture, • Maintaining good governance and the Tourism, Public Utilities, Housing and our creation of modern local government Manufacturing base • Construction of adequate facilities for all • Maintenance of law and order and aspects of the Arts and Culture continuing to reduce crime • Finalization of a land use policy consistent • Provision of a modern and efficient health with the 20/20 spatial vision plan already care system for all developed • Provision of universal health insurance New National Hospital We performed! We delivered! Saint Jude Hospital under going reconstrustion We kept our promises and managed the economy and country effectively, despite costly natural disasters and the worldwide recession. 8 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 9 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  7. 7. Our AgendaUWP will develop detailed programmes to pursue the following specific priorities: • Expand community sporting infrastructure Saint Lucia School of Music to develop• Reduce unemployment and poverty by and provision of certification programmes island wide to ensure the youth are given music programmes, particularly for the generating jobs in Tourism, Information to trades men and women (artisans) the opportunity to develop their full youth and Communications Technology (ICT), • Expand the reach of the Saint Lucia potential in various sporting disciplines • Build a National Cultural Complex to Green Energy, Construction, Manufacturing Development Bank • Provide an international swimming encompass all the creative and performing and Agricultural Sectors and the • Establish a National Science and facility in collaboration with the Saint Lucia arts after public consultation professional and business service areas Technology Centre in the new Anse La Amateur Swimming Association (SLASA). • Strengthen the regulation of insurance and • Tighten inter-sectoral linkages among Raye/Canaries economic frontier Expand the provision of support to the non-bank sectors agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and • Modernize and transform the agriculture other sectors sector to capitalize on opportunities in• Encourage the development of innovation niche products with export potential and entrepreneurship as a means of • Open up the eastern corridor between achieving economic development Monchy and Vieux Fort through• Review Government’s fiscal policy including development of transportation its approach to taxation in the context of infrastructure including the construction of Government’s economic growth agenda a north-east highway from Dennery to• Reform the domestic business environment Gros Islet with a focus on increasing the efficiency of • Undertake the redevelopment of conducting business Hewanorra International Airport• Develop the mechanisms for the private • Increase investment in health/wellness and sector to take advantage of regional and sports tourism international trade agreements and to • Work with LUCELEC to explore ways to expand production for export reduce electricity costs including the use of• Work with the private sector to increase alternative energy productivity throughout the economy • Restore WASCO’s financial viability, • Re-orient foreign missions to market Saint strengthen its management and the Lucia for new foreign investment governance environment in which it• Strengthen building codes to withstand operates and expand its investment in hurricanes, earthquakes and natural water infrastructure disasters as much as possible • Provide the environment for increased • Maintain fiscal prudence investment in affordable housing• Rationalize government expenditure to • Provide Universal Health Care enhance efficiencies • Provide specialized health care for local • Increase the productivity of key towns and people and visitors in select areas villages through infrastructural • Develop a policy paper on Special improvement and targeted investment Education for National Consultation and• Promote and support self-employment implementation and introduce universal through investment in skills training access to Early Childhood Education 10 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 11 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  8. 8. MESSAGE FROM THE POLITICAL LEADER Together we have commenced the reconstruction We will continue to ensure that diversification will not the politicians. I will continue to reach out as of our country. Together we are building a better decentralize development so that north, south, east the weaving of our hands together, will ensure an country. Our accomplishments are high-lighted in and west will have an opportunity to share in interconnection that will be the foundation for our this manifesto and are visible in every community. the benefits of our i nvestments. We will continue survival and ultimate success as a nation. to ensure that development will start with putting My brothers and sisters, we have held out our resources in the hands of the people. We believe I also take this opportunity to remind every Saint hands to each other and worked together for a that such an approach will result in the progress of Lucian that with commitment, dedication and stronger nation. My hand is always outstretched to our entire people and country. effort, all of us together – TEAM SAINT LUCIA – will you in brotherhood for, as the leader of this nation, enjoy the richness and blessing of our island. I I am its greatest servant. I have been motivated My leadership style has proven that we can do thank you for the support that you have given to to serve by a mother who taught me that I am my many things without carrying a big stick. It has me over the last four years and look forward to brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper. I am demonstrated that listening to the people and serving you under a new and stronger mandate. Hon. Stephenson King not above you, I am one of you. walking on the ground among the people will Political Leader bring us closer to the needs of the people. I will Vote for the United Workers Party!My fellow Saint Lucians I am motivated by all Saint Lucians, especially by continue to be a leader who will engage with myAny assessment of our beloved country and its the youth whose genius must be given appropriate avenues for positive expression. That is the reason brothers and sisters. I will speak with you as I do not have all the answers. I will work with you as Stephenson Kingcitizens over the last four years must conclude that why so much effort is going into our youth together we are can share our resources. I will Political Leaderdespite challenge after challenge and disaster after initiatives. I am motivated by our women who work share with you as this country belongs to you anddisaster, Saint Lucia and her sons and daughters ceaselessly for this country, often with no praise orhave weathered the storms and emerged better, word of thanks. I am motivated by all thestronger and more resilient. We have faceddifficulties with courage and patience and haverefused to give up. We are truly a blessed people. Saint Lucians who work tirelessly no matter their political affiliation and will ensure the success of projects for the good of the country. The POWER of WEWe overcame when our nation was plunged into I may not be perfect, but every day I put my back tomourning, when we united in grief over the the grindstone for the benefit of Saint Lucians.passing of Sir John Compton, the leader of our I promise that I will continue to work tirelessly tocountry and political leader of our party. We ensure that all Saint Lucians can live vital,weathered the storm caused by the global financial sustainable lives. Under my leadership, the Unitedcrisis and recession, where together, we succeeded Workers Party will continue to be committed toin steering the economy to strong growth of 4.4% the development and enhancement of our smallin 2010, the third year of the crisis. We dealt vulnerable communities and their people. Weeffectively with the recent period of violent crime believe that the empowerment of thesewhen our citizens watched in horror at the communities will enhance the governance of theinhumanity of a misguided sector of our entire country. We believe that if we give morepopulation. We came together and today we are people a greater stake in their communities theysafer and feel more secure in our homes and on the will ensure their preservation, protection andstreets. We united and huddled together when we development.faced the devastation of Hurricane Tomas. 12 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 13 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  9. 9. STATEMENT FROM THE PARTY CHAIRMAN threatened to diminish the political gains we had it was only in so doing that the progress of the not only speak to our achievements in government, made. The fortitude, commitment and sense of nation could be guaranteed. As we embark on the but will seek to demonstrate in a tangible and purpose of our parliamentarians were tested and next leg of the journey in government, we realistic way the vision of our Party for the our survival as a Party in Government doubted. re-affirmour pledge to the people of Fair Helen by continued success and progress of ALL ensuring: SAINT LUCIANS. But it was the resilience and generosity of the people of Saint Lucia, coupled with the leadership • The Safety and Security of all Citizens To “KEEP THE FLAME OF PROGRESS BURNING” – of a UWP government which must be singled out • The Provision of Affordable Housing, Health RE-ELECT UWP! for praise. The responses in the aftermath of the Care and Education devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas and other • The Continuation of our Economic As Chairman, I take this opportunity to thank all natural disasters, the International Financial crisis Recovery and Employment Generation members, supporters and well wishers. I look and not forgetting the inherited crime situation, Programme (Job creation) forward to your continued support of the United have been spectacular. It has been a daunting task • The Enhancement of our Social and Cultural Workers Party in the upcoming elections and but on every count our government has risen to the Development Programmes beyond. challenge. Our success in Government has come • The Empowering of our Communities from the hard work of the Party and that of its • Good Governance and Social Justice. committed leader. This Party believes in the creative strength of our After the 2006 elections we found a countr plagued by partisanship and divisiveness and a people people. We believe in the youth of our nation. We believe in the core values that characterize the Clem J. Bobb demoralized. Discrimination was then the order of Lucian spirit and importantly, we believe in social Party ChairmanThe United Workers Party has completed yet the day upheld by the affirmative action plan of the justice and equity. Therefore, this manifesto will another journey. This journey began five years opposing party. In the main, this Party inago, with the party’s victory at the polls in the 2006 government did not seek to act with politicalGeneral Election under the leadership of Sir John expediency, but adopted a conciliatory approachCompton, father of our nation. Regrettably death to effect social change. The philosophy and ethosrobbed us of our leader. Sir John’s death brought of our party is enshrined in the saying: “To help thegreat sadness to the nation. As it has done so many cause that needs assistance and fight the wrongtimes in the past, the UWP rose to the challenge of that needs resistance”. And so, our Party duringservice to Saint Lucia. this term in office has lived up to its slogan of UNITY, WORK and PROGRESS.Political Leader and Prime Minister StephensonKing, a man of quiet resolve with commitment and Our leader, his love, understanding anddedication to country, assumed the reins of compassion, his people-oriented and participatoryGovernment. Under his astute leadership, our approach to governance, his unruffled and calmnation was guided successfully through one of disposition in time of crisis, are hallmarks of a greatthe most turbulent periods in our nation’s history leader. All these qualities saw us through those marked by the global financial crisis and, natural challenging times. Yes! We united our people, wedisasters such as floods, droughts, earthquakes and created jobs for all Saint Lucians and surely,hurricanes. The challenges which followed 14 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 15 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  10. 10. OUR VISION SUMMARY OF OUR DEVELOPMENT GOALSOur vision for Saint Lucia is for a secure, prosperous leadership of Stephenson King, during which localand dynamic society confidently participating in communities all over Saint Lucia were finally able Our long term development goals are as follows:the global community, while maintaining our core to become more integrated with the mainstreamvalues and faith in God. We foresee a strong social of national economic life because of the socialinfrastructure underpinned by a vibrant and and economic programmes that we implemented. • Sustainable growth and a decent standard economic and social developmentsustainable economic base providing employment of living underlined by stable • An integrated economy supported by for all. We envision a resilient and efficient We envision a better Saint Lucia for all citizens macroeconomic fundamentals and well effective linkages among the economicservice-based green economy supported by including higher living standards brought about by developed sectors (Tourism, Agriculture, sectorsa steadily expanding export base, with a sound policies, a stronger work ethic, the Industry, ICT and Energy Sectors) • Safe and secure communities free of crimehighly skilled and empowered human resource and elimination of violent crime, zero tolerance of all • Significant reduction in poverty levels and • Equality of opportunity, treatment and integrated use of ICT in all facets of the economic forms of crime, the promotion of peace and social provision of adequate social protection for social inclusion with regard to both genderssystem. Our forward looking and outward oriented justice and a more caring society, especially where persons who need assistance • Social cohesioneconomy will be infused with consistently high our senior citizens and young people are • Increased levels of health and wellness • Diversified and developed energy sourcesforeign and local investment, a healthy national concerned. • High and sustainable rates of employment • The pursuit of common developmental savings rate and a more equitable distribution of of the work force and equal employment goals and strategies with the memberincome across classes and districts. We see a leadership role for Saint Lucia in the opportunities for women countries of the OECS and CARICOM and integration of the Eastern Caribbean and in the • Equitable distribution of income amongst the execution of a foreign policy agendaAchieving our vision, will allow us to build on our further development of CARICOM. We will work geographical regions and among income geared to mobilizing external resources andperformance over many years, during which our closely with our regional partners to strengthen groups achieving our foreign policy objectivescountry was modernized under the leadership of and expand the collective approach to formulating • A highly trained and educated work force • The strengthening of existing and the Sir John Compton. It will also build on the last four and implementing regional strategies and policies. • High productivity and a sound work ethic forgoing of new strategic alliances,years of consolidation and growth under the supporting a dynamic economy particularly with emerging economies in • The full participation of the youth in attracting new Forging Direct Investment EMPLOYMENT AND JOB CREATION Our primary concern is to create an economy that the regions of Saint Lucia; the expansion of the is sufficiently dynamic to generate employment for main economic sectors including tourism, every able-bodied person who is willing to work. agriculture , industry, ICT and energy; an We are confident of reducing unemployment extensive programme involving the significantly over the next five years and have development of the physical infrastructure; identified programmes and strategies in a range initiatives to stimulate private sector expansion; of areas in this manifesto, aimed at a focus on communIty dialogue and buy-in and increasing the rate of employment over the next social programmes to encourage cohesiveness. five years. These include: education and training; identification of key growth drivers in all 16 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 17 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  11. 11. EDUCATION, HEALTH AND HOUSINGEvery country that has made significant strides in sector will be encouraged to provide specializedits development, has given prominence in public tertiary health care, the education of doctors,policy to the education of its people. We will work nurses and other health professionals, targetedtowards realizing our vision of an education system investment and financial facilities such asthat provides diverse, world-class training insurance. In its totality, the system will offeropportunities including technical, vocational, universal health care to Saint Lucians and will alsoacademic and service oriented, at all levels. Much provide specialized care in key areas to locals andhas been achieved at the levels of primary and visitors from the Caribbean region and the outsidesecondary education although there is still a great world.deal to be done at those levels, but we mustalso address the gaps in tertiary education. We will Our vision for the housing sector is to provide allestablish an Education Commission to drive the Saint Lucians with opportunities for propernecessary transformation required in the education housing. Upper and middle income housing issystem. already provided for to a large extent with the TRADITIONAL ECONOMIC SECTORS: AGRICULTURE AND TOURISM lower income group catered for to some degree.Our vision for health care is for a health system However, we must and will address the housing Our vision is to modernize agriculture to allow it to In the north, Port Castries will be further developedsupported by a partnership of the public and needs of occasional workers and those with little or operate along sound business lines, so that farmers into a better port for cruise ships, blendingprivate sectors. The public sector will provide a well no income. We will examine appropriate cost, can once more enjoy a reliable and sustainable smoothly into the city. We envision the furtherstructured and efficient system offering high financing and other arrangements and also provide income. We see the emergence of a strong and development of Rodney Bay into a modernquality basic health care, an effective regulatory mechanisms for young people in need of start-up viable sector that benefits from essential recreation and major convention centre as well as aand monitoring capability and an enabling housing. infrastructure and adequate support services major yachting destination with a ship registry. Theenvironment for private health care. The private provided by the Government. whole of Gros Islet will be a special develop- ment area, with the town being showcased as an In tourism, our perspective is that our local authentic heritage site. Its links to Martinique will culture and way of life must be tied into the Saint be developed more fully. We intend to develop Lucia brand. We see a fully participating people Cul-de-sac into a fully functioning port with providing a high quality service to the tourist adequate facilities for ocean going vessels, industry and showcasing our own unique cultural break-bulk facilities and the capacity for handling heritage in all its forms. large volumes of cargo. 18 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 19 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  12. 12. NEW ECONOMIC FRONTIERS CULTUREWe see Vieux Fort as one of three new economic Dennery and Gros Islet. We plan to construct a new A people who understand where they have come will establish in a campus setting, a cultural centrefrontiers with its growth impacting positively on highway to open up the north-east and will provide from and where they stand in the global village, will for the arts including dance, theatre, drama, musicsurrounding southern communities. We have appropriate incentives under a modernized Special have a better chance of directing their own future. and academic research. We have already set up aalready earmarked 400 acres of government land Development Areas to make investment in that Our culture embodies who we are as a people. In committee to advance the work with the commu-for teaching institutions (both local and offshore), area more attractive. recognition of the importance of preserving our nity of artistes.a national medical centre and other medical and culture and providing avenues for expressing it, weeducational institutions. We expect that in the The third new frontier will be the Anse La Raye andfuture, Vieux Fort will become widely known as Canaries belt including numerous surroundinga university town. We will also reclaim 120 acres of communities neglected for decades by representa-land to provide home porting for ships, related tives. The mixture of flat and mountainous terrain services and a financial centre. provides the basis for a wide range of integrated development programmes which we will establishAll these developments along with a modern or promote, including touristic pursuits and a majorupgraded airport will help create a dynamic science and technology centre linked to industry,economy in Vieux Fort and the south. agriculture, information technology, our schools and educational and research establishmentsPlans are being laid for the second new economic abroad.frontier in the north-east corridor between YOUTH AND SPORTS Our vision for the youth is for young people to concern to them as well as issues of national and grow up in an environment of optimism and hope international importance. for the future, for them to have opportunities to learn and express themselves freely in their chosen We will continue to expand the community sports endeavours while participating in, and contributing infrastructure throughout the island to ensure that to the life of our Saint Lucian community. We will our sportsmen and women, and our young people expand the avenues for providing the youth with in particular, are given adequate opportunity to viable opportunities, through initiatives such as a nurture their talents and to excel in their respective National Youth Development Programme, the sporting disciplines. We will focus on expanding Youth Enterprise Equity Fund of the Saint Lucia sports programmes in the schools as well as Development Bank, the effective promotion of academic programmes related to sports, such as youth and sports groups, social development sports science and sports economics. The school groups, music and entertainment, discussions programmes will be supported with appropriate and debates, and the use of an active youth forum infrastructure such as proper gyms, courts and which we will establish as a matter of priority to recreational facilities, as well as nutritional and exchange ideas and consider views of direct health programmes. 20 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 21 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  13. 13. We will collaborate with the Saint Lucia Amateur leisure, but it will also be available to all SaintSwimming Association and have earmarked an Lucians as well as individuals and clubs fromarea of land in the vicinity of the sports complex at overseas for training.Beausejour to c onstruct a world-class s wimmingfacility which should be ready for major regional We have already partnered with national andand international swim meets from 2013. Every community groups such as the St. Lucia School ofschool child and young person will have the Music and its outreach programme to the youth ofopportunity to use the facility for training or various communities in Saint Lucia.CRIME AND SECURITYIn spite of our outstanding success in bringing enforcing existing laws; legislating stiffer penaltiesviolent crime under control, we cannot become and building capacity in the police force. We willcomplacent. We intend to establish a National also work together with other OECS and CARICOMSecurity Council under an Act of Parliament which countries to strengthen regional policing andwill, in conjunction with existing bodies, provide a provide more in-depth regional training. We willframework for strengthening national security. establish a full police academy for the OECS, based in Vieux Fort.The focus will be on: more community basedsecurity programmes; more vigilant policing; We have never been soft on crime and will continuestrengthening border police in conjunction with with the help of the public to deal decisively withthe RSS, Customs and Immigration; training; criminal activity.strengthening the prosecution systems;HOW WE WILL PAY FOR OUR PROGRAMMESOur vision is for our programmes to be financed by machinery of government including our foreignthe continuation of the high growth rates that we missions, together with targeted strategies forhave achieved recently, as well as greater local and transforming the economy, will provide the growthforeign investment as the world recovers from the and resources required to finance all our recession. We are confident that the planned programmes without adding to the overall taxrestructuring and transformation of the burden of the people. 22 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 23 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  14. 14. In the toughest of times around the world; WE, the People’s Leadership Team Stephenson King stepped up and DELIVERED Political Leader Castries NorthCandidates Dr. Gale T C Rigobert Herricks ‘Watcha’ Renee Micoud North Laborie/Augier Lenard Spider Montoute Ezechiel Joseph Deputy Political Leader Deputy Political Leader Gros Islet Babonneau Arsene James Rufus Bosquet Micoud South Choiseul/Saltibus Guy Joseph Lorenzo “Doddy” Francis Castries South East Castries South Nancy Charles Allen Chastanet Vieux Fort North Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques Andy Daniel Richard Frederick Dennery North Castries Central Karl Wilfred Daniel Dr. Keith Mondesir Vieux-Fort South Anse La Raye/Canaries Edmund Estephane Guy Mayers Dennery South Castries EastKeep the f lames of progress burning VOTE UWP
  15. 15. The New Hewanorra International Airport. From Vision To Delivery Improving Our Access to the World: OUR POLICY Commitment26 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.uwpstlucia.com
  16. 16. 1. CONTINUING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND PART TWO STIMULATING GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT1. CONTINUING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND STIMULATING The UWP Administration has had to deal with a central place as the largest economy in the OECS GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT ........................................................................................................... 29 series of external economic shocks and devastating region and in the confidence of the international natural disasters in relatively quick succession, the community in Saint Lucia. Creating Jobs Through Economic Growth ............................................................................................................. 30 likes of which had never been experienced before Revitalizing Agriculture ................................................................................................................................................. 34 by any government. Yet, we displayed courage, Given the extent of the global recession, its slow Developing a World Class Tourism Product ........................................................................................................... 38 foresight and boldness and were blessed with the pace of recovery and its impact on Saint Lucia, the Expanding Trade, Industry, Commerce, Entrepreneurship and Investment .............................................. 40 ability and judgment to make the right decisions main focus of our plan for the next five years is to Expanding Infrastructure for Enhanced Growth and Development ............................................................ 43 and formulate correct strategies in rising to the bring about a significant increase in employment. Introducing Modern Information and Communication challenge of managing our country, a fact that was In order to do so we have prepared a comprehen- Technology Throughout the Economy ................................................................................................................... 45 recently acknowledged by the IMF. The results are sive Growth and Employment Programme focusing Proper Housing: A Basic Right ................................................................................................................................... 47 now self-evident in the strength of the economy on the following principal areas: Adapting to Climate Change and Caring for the Environment ...................................................................... 49 despite being hit hard by the global recession, in its Increasing the Output and Productivity of Our Utilities ................................................................................... 50 • Creating Jobs Through Economic Growth Communication Technology Throughout2. ENHANCING SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT .................................................................... 52 • Revitalizing Agriculture the Economy • Developing a World Class Tourism Product • Proper Housing: A Basic Right Ensuring Access, Quality and Equity in Education, • Expanding Trade, Industry, Commerce, • Adapting to Climate Change and Caring for the Catalyst for Sustainable Development ............................................................................................................ 52 Providing Universal and Specialized Health Care ................................................................................................ 56 Entrepreneurship and Investment the Environment Giving Full Expression to Culture, the Arts and the Creative Industries ...................................................... 58 • Expanding Infrastructure for Enhanced • Increasing the Output and Productivity of Harnessing the Talent of Young People and Creating Growth and Development our Utilities Opportunities for their Development ..................................................................................................................... 59 • Introducing Modern Information and Caring for our Elderly ..................................................................................................................................................... 61 Recognizing and Empowering Those Who Are Differently Abled ................................................................. 62 Reforming the Pension System : Securing the Financial Future of our Citizens ....................................... 63 Empowering Women and Marginalized Men and Creating Gender Balance ............................................ 64 Reducing Poverty and Empowering the Vulnerable .......................................................................................... 66 Achieving Sporting Excellence and Inspiring the Wellness of the Nation ...................................................68 Creating a Welcoming Environment for Saint Lucians Returning Home From Overseas ............................................................................................................................... 703. EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES AND PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ................................................................................................ 71 Taking Government to the People ............................................................................................................................ 71 Delivering Good Governance ..................................................................................................................................... 72 Keeping our People and Communities Safe .......................................................................................................... 73 Creating an Efficient, Modern and Relevant Public Service ............................................................................ 744. FOREIGN POLICY : STRENGTHENING REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT ......................................................... 76 Making Foreign Policy More Effective ..................................................................................................................... 76 28 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 29 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  17. 17. Creating Jobs through Economic GrowthCreating jobs will be our main priority during the new five-year term. Increasing the number of jobs How We Will Achieve Our Goal:created over time depends, among other things, on achieving and sustaining economic growth and we will To increase employment and provide an immediate boost to the economy we will:ensure that our growth and employment enhancing strategies are implemented early in the new term. • Commence the construction of the roadsOur Goal following: • Facilitate and provide enabling support for - Reduce unemploymentOur re-elected administration will focus on increasing employment - Reduce Poverty - Hewanorra International Airport investment by the local private sectorby continuing the strong growth performance that we have chieved - Continue strong Redevelopment Project and foreign investors, particularly in theso far, ensuring that the benefits of growth are evenly distributed to growth - Finance Administrative Complex tourism sector where the global recessionall the people and devoted to reducing poverty and unemployment - Ensure everyone gets a - Bois d’Orange Hypermart has led to a slowdown in thewhile our strategies keep inflation and the cost of living under fair share of the pie - Post Hurricane Tomas rehabilitation implementation of a number of hotelcontrol. In the new term, we will work to strengthen the linkages - Keep inflation and cost projects funded by the World Bank and the projectsamong the economic sectors and groups to provide mutual support of living low Caribbean Development Bank • Review the marginal income tax rate on for each other so that no effort is wasted. We will continue our - Strengthen sectoral - Castries Waterfront Redevelopment in individuals and corporation tax inprudent fiscal and economic management which has been praised linkages conjunction with Royal Caribbean keeping with the objective of stimulatingby international organizations like the IMF. - Continue prudent fiscal International, including the construction of economic growth while maintaining fiscal and economic management a boutique hotel, new vendors’ craft sustainability market, new ferry terminal, office complex, • Extend the tax holiday arrangements for super yacht berth, shops, restaurant businesses which invest in tourism and and a car park manufacturing, to include services, Human Resorce Centre - A major new highway in the north-east, construction and ICT sectors. Extend the linking Gros Islet and Dennery, and period of waiver of corporation tax from 15 continue the rehabilitation of the major to 20 east and west coast highways including • Provide a Specialist Medical Facility at repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Beausejour in Vieux Fort in conjunction Tomas with private sector partners, to serve - Police stations in Babonneau and Gros Islet Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and visitors from and a fire station in Babonneau outside the region and to also serve as a • Construct and rehabilitate urban and teaching hospital that can also be used by community roads around the country medical schools located in Saint Lucia • Build and rehabilitate agricultural feeder With respect to the projects highlighted above, we anticipate spending over $350 million in the first year alone, which is expected to generate over 3,000 jobs! 30 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 31 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com
  18. 18. National Vision PlanOver the Next Five Years I. A focus on key economic growth drivers to banking, public service functions and spur economic development and functions related to key economic sectors employment by region (tourism, agriculture and fishing)Re-design the approach to education and training working people for the new economy Work - Improving the urban environment to supwhich is the real long-term solution to poverty together with the Private Sector, Trade Unions II. The creation or further development of port local community tourism – related to and unemployment, to enable everyone who is and all stakeholders to implement the findings of sustainable and inclusive tourism improvement in the day and nightable to work to make a meaningful and rewarding the National Competitiveness and Productivity community initiatives, particularly: economycontribution to the economy. Accordingly, we Council to improve productivity and competitive- - Improvement in coastal and fresh waterwill train our youth and retrain our more mature ness throughout the economy. - Development of the tourism product in quality through the implementation of local communities especially those not sewage treatment plants and package• Improve the climate for investment by stronger and more resilient in accordance integrated in existing tour packages: systems in all major towns and villages and simplifying the requirements for with strict codes of procedure - Encouraging locals to provide small scale suburban housing areas conducting business by implementing the • Fully implement universal health care and local accommodation (apartments, guest recommendations in the World Bank education to increase the life span and houses and bed and breakfast) through an IV. Local action area planning for the renewal Doing Business Report on Saint Lucia active years of people and maximize their incentive programme and accommodation and creation of rural service centres• Broaden the mandate of our diplomatic contribution to society packaging through the SLTB missions to identify investment • Ensure that adequate social safety nets - Development of homestay as an V. Improving public services opportunities for Saint Lucia are in place and functioning, in order to accommodation option built around• Implement the next phase of our help distribute the benefits of growth and community tourism products that VI. Cross Cutting Interventions to enable extensive infrastructure programme for development more evenly capitalize on local distinctiveness and niche Economic Development the construction and rehabilitation of • Implement phase two of our housing tourism markets in Sports Tourism, roads, bridges, schools and public programme for the needy and the victims Education and Medical Tourism, (a) Transportation and road infrastructure to buildings of Hurricane Tomas and recent floods and - In conjunction with Stakeholders, reduce drive times, reduce congestion and• Build Back Better! Hurricane Tomas disasters develop the physical framework facilitate easy communication between the exposed our building and construction • Implement the next phase of the National to support the development of the north and south of the island deficiencies and we will implement a new Vision Plan over the next five years local night economy: entertainment, (b) A sustainable supply of water for economic, strategy to ensure that our structures are restaurants, seasonal and weekly events industrial and domestic use, critical water to attract visitations, rest rooms, off loading supply systems nationally including the areas, tourism information centres, local following will be improved hostess programme et al (c) Reducing vulnerability to natural disasters - Development of the physical framework to and climate change in all areas support the day economy: shopping facilities; tourism information service; rest VII. Community engagement, buy-in and rooms, souvenir shops; internet café, banks marketing. The focus will be on building and related, hairdressers, café, postal community consensus through structured service, ATMs, car rentals, police sub consultations involving all sectors (social, stations et al economic and environmental) and all stakeholder groups and marketing the plan III. The creation of sustainable and inclusive to the Saint Lucia Diaspora to foster a sense initiatives for urban regeneration, of inclusiveness and harness the financial including: resources of retirees and the skills of those individuals who may be interested in UWP THINKING GREEN - Reinstating the role of all town and village returning to the island to pursue centres to support basic commercial, employment or investment opportunities 32 www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia www.facebook.com/uwpstlucia 33 www.uwpstlucia.com www.uwpstlucia.com

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