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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 - Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony has been underscoring the need for St. Lucia and by extension the Eastern Caribbean, to explore all possible avenues of boosting export as a means of supporting the regional economy. Just back from Cuba, Dr. Anthony told reporters at a briefing at his official residence at Vigie on Tuesday, December 10, 2002, that St. Lucia had a lot to offer to the Cuban government and people and that it was up to manufacturers to make use of the Cuban market place.

“Cuba is a country that is hungry for consumer goods and items. The fact is that people there really have very limited opportunity to spend the income that they have. Therefore if we can organize our affairs and treat Cuba with equanimity then there is no reason why we cannot position ourselves to make use of the possibilities of economic co-operation between Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean.

Dr. Anthony said St. Lucia had developed expertise in a number of areas and could export such expertise to Cuba. He expressed satisfaction with the island’s tourism product saying that he was impressed by what the country had to offer. “I travel around and stay at hotels throughout the region and I know that we have an excellent product here in St. Lucia. Yes there are things we have to improve and work on but quality for quality we are good at what we do. Certainly if Cuba requested us to provide it with expertise in that area we certainly will do so,” said Dr. Anthony.

The visit to Cuba took place against the backdrop of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) back in 1972.


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