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Monday, June 8, 2009 –  The Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal is working towards the establishment of a National Regulation and Licensing Authority for Saint Lucia's construction industry.


The Authority is intended to regulate and develop the operations of the island’s construction sector.


The ministry’s Permanent Secretary Blaize Nickson says both public and private sectors have recognised the importance for the streamlining and modernisation of the construction sector, to be more competitive in the current regional and international environment.


“Given the start/stop, lack of continuity, inconsistent and unsustained efforts that have characterised initiatives over the years, to address the inadequacies of the construction sector, it is with a sense of relief and satisfaction that we at the ministry have reached the stage where we can point to a tangible draft legislation output, and proceed from there with due acceleration to conclude and implement the other allied interventions that are required,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal Blaize Nickson.


Mr. Nickson said the drafting of legislation for a National Regulation and Licensing Authority must be seen as a significant intervention in ensuring that the local construction sector becomes more efficient.


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal recently hosted a national consultation on the draft legislation for the establishment of the Authority. The consultation was attended by several sector partners.

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