In 2008, the government of St. Lucia via extensive consultation with a multitude of stakeholders sort to articulate a vision for the island’s development via a quadrant development plan of which the city of Castries featured as a significant element of this plan. Fast forward ten years later and there is need to determine both the extent to which the Vision for Castries has informed development over the last decade, as well as the extent to which the Vision remains relevant in light of changing socio-economic activity, as well as the advent of new Global International Policy Frameworks.
Government has mandated the recently established National Integrated Planning and Programme Unit (NIPP) within the Ministry of Finance to focus on the Castries redevelopment project by first articulating a 2030 vision for Castries, using the 2008 vision as a benchmark. Haward Wells is the Director for NIPP.
The NIPP Director said that consultations are still ongoing and an opportunity will be afforded parliamentarians on both sides of the House of Assembly to make contributions towards the new vision for Castries.
“Once we’ve collated the information that we have to date that at some later stage the government ministers as well as the opposition would be given an opportunity to see what we have, an explanation of the process and off course an opportunity to comment on what we’ve done so far.”
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has partnered with the government of St. Lucia on the Castries Vision 2030. The NIPP Director is optimistic that this effort will bear more fruit than other visioning exercises in the past as it will outline tangible, doable projects which can be rolled out for phase two in 2019.