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  • Weather Alert!

    27 September 2016
    St Lucia is in the crosshairs of approaching bad weather.   A low pressure system was about one thousand miles east south-east of the Windward islands yesterday and could become a tropical depression, or even a tropical storm by today (Tuesday).    As a result, the Coordinator of the Black Sigatoka Management Project, Martin Satney, has issued an alert to all farmers, but especially banana and plantain farmers.   Satney is asking all farmers to take the necessary measures to protect their farms.
  • SLP starts convention process

    27 September 2016
    The suspension of the common external tariff (CET) on medication has expired, but the government is emphasizing that there is still no VAT on pharmaceuticals.    In a press release Monday, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said the Customs and Excise Department had noted the need to revert to the old CET rates on pharmaceuticals on Monday September 12, 2016, and informed the Research and Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance.    Customs and Excise implemented the old CET rates effective Wednesday September 21, 2016, the OPM said, noting that that reverting...
  • CET back on prescriptions

    27 September 2016
    The suspension of the common external tariff (CET) on medication has expired, but the government is emphasizing that there is still no VAT on pharmaceuticals.    In a press release Monday, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said the Customs and Excise Department had noted the need to revert to the old CET rates on pharmaceuticals on Monday September 12, 2016, and informed the Research and Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance.    Customs and Excise implemented the old CET rates effective Wednesday September 21, 2016, the OPM said, noting that that reverting...
  • St Lucia does it again!!

    27 September 2016
    Saint Lucia has again secured the coveted title of the Caribbean's Leading Honeymoon Destination for an eighth year.    Overall, St Lucia has won that title nine 9 times at the World Travel Awards.    According to the St. Lucia Tourist Board, Saint Lucia has also been nominated for three other top awards. These are: the World's Leading Honeymoon Destination;  World's Leading Island Destination; and World's Leading Wedding Destination.   World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 to recognize, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospi...
  • Kweyol Month officially launch

    27 September 2016
    The premises of the Folk Research Centre, FRC, was buzzing with activity Sunday, as scores of Vendors mainly from the communities hosting Jounen Kweyol, as well wishers and patrons, converged on Morne Pleasant to partake in a mini Jounen Kweyol fiesta. Executive Director of the FRC, Hilary La Force declared that the activity was held to jump start Creole Heritage Month and Jounen Kweyol. Mr. La Force said that notwithstanding the inclement weather, a reasonably large number of people turned out to partake in the pre Jounen Kweyol event.  
  • CDB on VAT

    26 September 2016
    The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is recommending that the Government of St. Lucia reduce the list of “VAT-exempt and zero-rated goods” as just one of the fiscal reforms aimed at reversing high debt and low economic growth.    Notwithstanding a recent pick-up in growth, St Lucia’s public finances are on an unsustainable path, the CDB says in an assessment of the country’s fiscal and economic situation.   The CDB says like many Caribbean countries, St. Lucia’s recent performance has been characterised by Low growth, reflecting high export co...