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Monday, April 18, 2005 – St. Lucia’s Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government Honourable Menissa Rambally, has been commenting on the findings of the investigative report into the operations of the National Conservation Authority (NCA) spanning the financial period 2000/2001 to the present.

At a press conference on Friday, April 15, 2005 to announce the findings, Minister Rambally whose Ministry has oversight for the NCA, said the report pointed to deficiencies in the management operations of the NCA, a lack of oversight and policy direction on the part of its board of directors and weaknesses in its procedures and accounting systems.

According to the Minister, in an attempt to give the NCA a fresh start, the appointment of the existing board has been revoked with immediate effect. In light of that, she announced that the post of General Manager of the NCA will be advertised and a new interim board of directors will be appointed under the chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary in her Ministry also with immediate effect.

The interim board will have a life of 90 days and will be mandated to oversee the operations of the NCA during the said period, implement the recommendations for a proposed new structure, supervise the process of recruitment of personnel and report regularly to the Ministry during that period.

“I wish to reaffirm my commitment to the continued fulfilment of the mandate of the authority as stipulated in the National Conservation Authority Act No. 16 of 1999,” said Minister Rambally to a large contingent of press members. She added, “Further, I want to reassure the public of my Ministry’s commitment to the continuation of the programmes which are serving the interest of communities throughout St. Lucia.”

After releasing an Executive Summary of the findings of the investigation, the Minister said, “Now that the review process has concluded and a way forward has been defined, I look forward to the co-operation of all to ensure the successful restoration of confidence in the operation and management of this vital public institution.”

Members of the public can obtain detailed copies of the report from the National Printing Corporation (NPC) or the GIS website at

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