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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Thursday 19 May 2011  The Office of Private Sector Reform (OPSR) is partnering with the business community to promote healthy saving and investment habits amongst Saint Lucians.  Earlier this week, OPSR launched another component of its National Savings and Investment Campaign - the schools essay competition.   Director of the OPSR Jacqueline Emmanuel says the purpose  of the venture is to help Saint Lucians  save as a means to invest and getting into business.


“It is part of our strategy in promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the growth and development of micro and small enterprise in Saint Lucia. As with anything else, if  we want to change  people's habits you must start with the young; you must focus on the young and that is why working with the Ministry of Education, I think has been the most gratifying aspect of this campaign thus far.”  


The essay competition is open to secondary and tertiary school students between the ages of 13 through 18 years.  To qualify for the grand prize students must write between 1500 to 2000 words on the topic: “Putting My Money To Work For Me – How Savings and Investing today, Can Make A Brighter Future”.


For their efforts students can win a laptop compliments Computer World Ltd, Black Berry with limited data plans from Digicel and savings accounts from First National Bank. 


Deadline date for all completed essays is July 15, 2011.  For further information and  competition rules students can contact their school principals or the OPSR, 5 Floor Greaham Louisy Building Water Front Castries or telephone 4682145.

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