CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Saint. Lucia on its 38th anniversary as an independent nation.
In a message to  Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, Ambassador LaRocque expressed the Community’s appreciation for Saint Lucia’s contributions at all levels of CARICOM and specifically its leadership role on the important issue of Sustainable Development.  Saint. Lucia has lead responsibility in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Sustainable Development, including environment, disaster management and water.
Ambassador LaRocque also noted that the theme of this year’s anniversary “I am Saint Lucian” reflected the commitment of the Government and people to work together to develop the country and improve the citizen’s well-being.
Saint. Lucia gained political independence from Britain on  22 February 1979.
Read full congratulatory message:     
It is my distinct pleasure, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to extend to you and to the People of Saint Lucia, heartfelt congratulations on the celebration of Saint Lucia’s 38th Anniversary as an independent nation.
The theme “I am Saint Lucia” chosen to commemorate this Anniversary is a clear expression of pride in the nation.  It is an apt reflection of the commitment of the Government and People of Saint Lucia to work together towards the development of their country and improve the well-being of the citizenry.
The Caribbean Community highly appreciates Saint Lucia’s valuable participation and contributions to its Organs, Institutions, and Bodies and specifically its leadership role on the issue of Sustainable Development which is of paramount importance for the Community.
Our Community extends best wishes for the continued advancement of Saint Lucia and the wellbeing of its People.”


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