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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – Ahead of the 2011 Youth Parliament which commences on Thursday this week,  Prime Minister Honourable Stephenson  King has again reiterated government's commitment  to implementing programmes aimed at  alleviating  some of the challenges confronting youth such as unemployment and poverty.


The Prime Minister indicated that in spite of the economic limitations imposed on government to do more, young people should take advantage of the existing opportunities afforded to them by agencies such as the National Skills Development Centre – NSDC and the Social Development Fund – SSDF.


Prime Minister King also referred to programmes such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme which is run by the Saint Lucia Development Bank SLDB as well as smaller initiatives to assist the youth at the micro and community level.


Prime Minister King says he is thankful to these agencies along with the Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports.     “Certainly Mr. Sonson who is the General Manager of the Saint Lucia Development Bank an institution established with a purpose, a purpose of helping in the overall development of our people in Saint Lucia. And ever since the establishment of the bank, Mr. Jn. Franscois Sonson has made numerous recommendations to government is as far as youth enterprise is concerned and creating facilities for youth enterprise,” Prime Minister King ended.


This year's debate is schedule to take place on August 25th and 26th from 9:00am at the House of Parliament.  Youth Parliament has been held here since 1993.


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