GORDON CHARLES OF JQ CHARLES GROUP NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT
The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture held its 129th Annual General Meeting on November 20, 2013 where Gordon Charles of JQ Charles Group of Companies was elected President, while Esther Browne-Weeks of East Caribbean Financial Holding was elected to serve as First Vice President. The Annual General Meeting, held at the Royal St. Lucian Conference Room, was very Corp.
The complete Board of Directors is:
President: Gordon Charles J.Q. Charles Group of Companies
1St Vice President: Esther Browne Eastern Caribbean Financial Holdings Ltd
2nd Vice President: Lanfraze Chrubin Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd
Immediate Past President: Gerard Bergasse Tropical Shipping.
Member: Martin Dorville Consolidated Foods Ltd.
Member: Margaret Monplaisir St. Lucia Distillers Ltd
Member: Trevor Louisy St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd
Member: Cheryl Renwick Renwick and Company
Member: Karen Peter Caribbean Metals Ltd
Member: Sue Monplaisir The Wave St. Lucia Limited
Member: Brenda Duncan BDO
The 129th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber was addressed by two very informative Guest Speakers. Mr. Wayne Dass, CEO of CARICRIS, the regional credit rating agency, who spoke to the “Medium Terms Prospects for St. Lucia in the context of St. Lucia’s debt profile and the role that SMEs could play.” The Feature Address was delivered by Dr. Warren Smith, President of Caribbean Development Bank, who also spoke to the “Short to Medium Term Prospects for the St. Lucia Economy, identifying for marco-economic stability, improved productivity and competitiveness and improving the macro-economic environment as key issues to be addressed by St. Lucia.
The President of the Chamber, Mr. Gerard Bergasse in his address maintained focus on the Chambers’ “Making it Easier to Do Business in St. Lucia” agenda and challenged the Prime Minister, in absentia, to take responsibility for having “one” reform implemented within the next year. Since 2007, St.Lucia has descended from number 27 in the World to number 64, in the 2014, report.
The Closed Business Session saw the election of the Board of Directors and the presentation of audited financial statements. The Executive Director’s Report was once again presented in the form of a magazine.