Venezuela comes to the assistance of Saint Lucians

ST. LUCIA – The governments of Saint Lucia and Venezuela met on Wednesday, August 27th to discuss among other things an offer from Venezuela of low cost housing units to Saint Lucia as well as the provision of technical scholarships to Saint Lucian students. The meeting also explored the possibility of yearly student exchange visits.

The Venezuelan Ambassador Eduardo Alfonzo Barranco Hernandez also briefed Prime Minister the Honourable Stephenson King on the current status of the PetroCaribe Agreement. Venezuela also agreed to make available a soft loan of three million US dollars to the proposed Saint Lucia Development Bank for lending to its clients.

Also attending Wednesday’s meeting was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Planning Mark Louis, President of the National Workers Union, Tyronne Maynard and his General Secretary Lawrence Poyotte and General Manager of the Windward Islands Banana Packaging Company Luciano Perez.

A technical team has been set up to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.

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