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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

 

Wednesday,  October 28, 2009 –  Parliamentary representative for Gros-Islet and Minister for Social Transformation Honourable Lenard Montoute, has been underscoring human resource development, as an integral part of national development.

 

Human resource development, he says, is Saint Lucia's chief selling point in its increasingly service-based economy.

 

The Gros-Islet MP recently addressed constituents, who participated in an entrepreneurship workshop, designed to enhance their skills in Small Business Management.

 

“Of equal  importance,  is Human Resource Development, because if we as a people are not sufficiently  developed in terms  of our abilities, then our community will never progress or make strides, despite the structures that are  around us,” Montoute said.

 

The minister  says it is commonplace for development to be measured only on the basis  of  infrastructural development.

 

He emphasised, there must be balance between the infrastructural and human development.

 

“We must prepare our people not only to take care of the structures but to make proper use of the structures. These structures are there for your use and if you are not well equipped, prepared, and trained, then you will not be able to make the best use of them.”

 

Minister Montoute referred to the well known adage of "teaching a man to fish rather than handing him one" as being the most valuable lesson in human resource development.


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