Some might’ve imagined the recently elected prime minister of Saint Lucia had no good reason to be particularly generous to the people of Soufriere. His first venture as an election candidate back in 2011 had started there with much enthusiasm and ended disastrously under a broken bridge. But Allen Chastanet has always maintained his interest in the town’s development, despite several rebuffs by the man who had turned his dream into a nightmare: Harold Dalsan.
On Thursday Chastanet returned to Sulphur City, this time as leader of the nation’s government. Accompanying him on the special occasion was the Taiwanese ambassador Ray Mou, Soufriere MP Herod Stanislaus, Senator Fortuna Belrose, and other ministry officials. They visited Taiwan-funded projects under construction and convened several impromptu talk-ins with residents, among them the proprietor of one of Soufriere’s more popular restaurants, The Hummingbird.
The prime minister later acknowledged that as interesting as were his exchanges with residents, what gave him the most pleasure was interacting with the town’s young people. The very next day Chastanet announced a new multi-million-dollar project expected to get underway in Soufriere in a few months.