Saint Lucia

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    CARIFESTA – Caribbean Festival of Arts

    The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) is a roving multi-disciplinary art festival which has been held in various CARICOM countries since its establishment in 1972. It is  a regional forum where artists, performers and  other  persons in the  field of  culture meet and  exchange  ideas through presentations  of  music, dance, drama, exhibitions on art, sculpture, poetry and  symposia, among others.…

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    CARICOM Youth Ambassadors

    The CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme was launched in Saint Lucia in 1993 by the Heads of Government to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of CARICOM and was formally instituted in 1994. Since its inception, the Youth Ambassador Programme has contributed to increased youth knowledge and awareness of CARICOM issues and priorities; has raised the profile of young people at the national…

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    Sir John Melvin Compton

    Sir John Melvin Compton, OCC Awardee of 2002, is a Vincentian by birth but sculpted his reputation and legacy as political leader extraordinaire out of the throes of Saint Lucia’s development. Sir John Compton’s political evolution from Chief Minister, Premier and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia symbolises the interconnectedness of the comity of Caribbean nations and the benefits of free…

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    Sir Arthur Lewis

    Sir W. Arthur Lewis, won a Nobel Prize in 1979 for pioneer­ing research on economic development in emerging countries.  A professor emeritus of political economy at Princeton, he died in his sleep at his home in Barbados. He published a book, “The Theory of Economic Growth,” in 1954 that is regarded as the seminal study in the field. Sir Arthur,…

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    Dr. Derek Walcott

    Described as the “Caribbean Community’s greatest poet, playwright and theatrical director”, Dr. Derek Walcott of Saint Lucia received the OCC during the first conferment in 1992. A literary laureate of high acclaim, Dr. Walcott received the coveted Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 generating much pride among his fellow Caribbean citizens. His contribution to the cultural development of Caribbean society,…

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    Saint Lucia

    Key facts Date of Membership in CARICOM: 1 May 1974 – Learn more about membership in CARICOM Also Known as:Helen of the West Status of Independence:Independent 1979/02/22 Area: 616 sq km; 238Mi Capital City: Castries Population: 172,034 (2009) Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) Highest National Award: Grand Cross of St. Lucia Economy GDP Growth: -0.2% p.a. 2009–13 GNI: US$1.3bn GNI…

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