Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond told local reporters on November 13, the long road trips embarked on by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet are necessary.
With the state of the Saint Lucia economy as the premise for the Finance Minister’s remarks, reporters at the weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing were told, “…change happens outside of Saint Lucia…we have to go where change is.”
Sen. Raymond said various international Agreements and Treaties of which Saint Lucia is party require local government authorities travel abroad.
Prime Minister Chastanet has taken the lead at several foreign-based meetings. Sen Raymond informed the press that the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program typically tops agenda during talks with foreign governments and investors. By Sen. Raymonds account, these meetings have begun to bear fruit.
Since coming into office in June 2016, the Prime Minister has departed from Saint Lucia at least nine  times for meetings and state visits to countries from Asia to the United States.