Hon. Felix Finisterre Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities and Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau
Home Up Hon. Dr. Kenny Davis Anthony Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, International Financial Services, Economic Affairs and Information and Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South Hon. Philip J. Pierre Minister for Commerce, Tourism, Investment and Consumer Affairs and Parliamentary Representative for Castries East Hon. Felix Finisterre Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities and Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau Hon. Sarah Lucy Flood-Beaubrun Minister for Home Affairs and Gender Relations and Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central Hon. Damian E. Greaves Minister for Health, Human Services, and Family Affairs and Parliamentary Representative for Dennery South Senator The Hon. Calixte George Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Leader of Government Business Hon. Velon L. John Minister for Labour Relations, Public Service, and Co-operatives and Parliamentary Representative for Laborie Hon. Menissa M. Rambally Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government and Parliamentary Representative for Castries South East Hon. Cyprian Lansiquot Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye / Canaries Hon. Theophilus Ferguson John Parliamentary Representative for Choiseul Hon. Arsene James Leader of the Opposition and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South


Another Christmas is upon us, and it seems like only yesterday I was expressing the customary salutations associated with this special season. Again this year, I emphasize that the focus of the celebrations should be on Christ, whose birth and very life was devoted to the salvation of mankind.

Indeed, this is a season of joy, goodwill, cheer and sharing of gifts. However, we must always remember the words of Christ himself:

“what greater love is there than for a man to lay down his life for his brethren”.

We sometimes focus too much on the physical trappings of Christmas at the expense of the enduring gifts of love, charity and understanding.

We should use this season to embark on a philosophy of caring and compassion for the less fortunate – one that will result in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and aged; and protecting the most vulnerable among us.

We must also endeavour to make a pledge to supplant bigotry, narrow self and sectoral interests in our lives; with tolerance, goodwill and understanding.

As Minister responsible for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, it has been a very challenging year and I thank the many persons who have contributed to the successes achieved in those various portfolios.

  • We have experienced significant benefits by way of employment and value-added to the economy through the opening-up of the telecommunications market to competition.
  • Cabinet appointed a Ministerial Sub-Committee to examine the water situation in the country and to ensure that attention is paid to improvement of the delivery of services and conservation of the resource. Next year will prove to be a very challenging but exciting time for the water sector and the responsibility for the prudent use of this critically important resource will be that of every individual and household.
  • In 2003 there was an escalation of the one to three pole jobs in the Rural Electrification Programme (REP) to facilitate connections to individual households. This resulted in a scale down of larger community jobs. However, with funding support from the BNTF and PRF we hope in the New Year to step-up the implementation of those larger jobs.
  • We have in place a comprehensive and funded road programme that includes road rehabilitation and construction that will bring our road network to a level that St. Lucians and visitors expect. I know your patience is running thin with regard to the condition of the roads, but I urge you to “hold strain” for a little longer, relief is on the way.
  • There has been substantial investment in upgrading and improving security at our Air and Seaports in order to cope with the new realities and demands triggered by the events of 9/11. This has been a very costly but absolutely indispensable requirement to keep St. Lucia competitive and compliant within the world’s trading and traveling systems.
  • In Transport, I am pleased to congratulate the Transport Board on their positive impact on the safety on the roads and to applaud the newly emerging improvements in the attitude and behaviour of our mini-bus drivers.
  • The closure of some community post offices has been countered by a more efficient and effective delivery system encompassing the erection of community letter boxes. This trend will continue in the New Year.
  • Thanks to the assistance of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the EDF, the Meteorological Department has completely revamped its operations by replacing antiquated equipment with state of the art technology. This will result in more effective data gathering and accurate weather forecasting.

There have been failures, delays and disappointments but we should now use the festive season to also rest, reflect, re-energize and refashion ourselves as a people who are absolutely intolerant of mediocrity and failure.

No thanks could be too much for the people of Babonneau without whose support I could not be delivering this message. I wish my constituents all good things for Christmas and I beg for your continued support in the New Year. There is a lot to be done together.
To my colleagues in Cabinet and in the Parliament, thanks for your continued collaboration, love and respect. We have a shared vision of an improved quality of life for all St. Lucians.

To my extended family, that is, the employees of the Ministry, let me remind you that you are on the frontline. Your comfort, understanding and commitment are indispensable to our success. Please have an enjoyable and restful holiday season whilst you strengthen your resolve to achieve more in an environment of depleting resources.

May God, who knows the goodness of your life throughout the year, bless you abundantly, and may he fill the days ahead with graces from above; and grant you all the happiness you're so deserving of!

Please exercise caution when using the roads.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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