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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Friday, February 6, 2009 – Minister for Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs Honourable Tessa Mangal has pledged her commitment to her new position following a recent Cabinet reshuffle.

Miss Mangal, who has been Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister for several months, said she is well aware that many Saint Lucians will be looking expectantly to the ministry for answers in these difficult economic times. She expects to acquire a firm grasp of the ministry and her responsibilities before making any pronouncements. She however commented on the effects of the global economic crisis.

“It is not a situation which is the best for everyone; what I want people to understand it is that government is concerned. Government is willing to do what is within its power to make it better for Saint Lucia but I also want Saint Lucians to understand that this is a situation that the entire world faces and it is not peculiar to us.”

She says while government makes certain adjustments to deal with the crisis, the the citizenry must also make personal adjustments.

“Given our small size—our dependence on a lot of imported products and so on—we need not only to look to government for solutions but we must also look to ourselves.”

Minister Rufus Bousquet who previously held the portfolio is now responsible for External Affairs, International Trade and Investment.

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