PM pays official visit to French Guiana
The visit, which runs from January 23
to 27, will include meetings with St. Lucian nationals and members of St. Lucian
Associations in the French territory, which sits on the shoulder of South
The Prime Minister, on his first
visit to Cayenne, will be met at Rochambeau Airport in Matoury by President of
the Region of French Guiana, Antoine Karram, with whom he is also scheduled to
hold talks about strengthening ties between Castries and Cayenne.
The Prime Minister will also hold
official meetings with the Prefect of French Guiana, the President of the
Regional Council and the Mayor of Cayenne.
Dr. Anthony and his delegation have
also been invited by the Mayor of Kourou, site of the internationally-renowned
Guianese Space Centre, to visit the massive complex from where major European
space satellites are launched.
Among the major highlights of the
visit, however, will be the Prime Ministerís meetings with the St. Lucian
community in French Guiana and members of the St. Lucian associations there.
St. Lucian roots go deep in French
Guiana. Located in the north-eastern part of South America with Suriname, Guyana
and Venezuela as neighbours, it was heavily populated by St. Lucian migrants,
who went mainly in search of gold. Many remained, and over several decades,
their numbers are said to have multiplied into the tens of thousands.
St. Lucians and their descendants can
be found at virtually every level in French Guiana. President of the Region
Antoine Karramís mother, for example, hails from Vieux Fort.
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