Minister admits border agency consultation process ‘flawed’

CASTRIES, St. Lucia–In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, minister for the public service in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, has not only admitted that the consultation process for the establishment of the proposed new border control agency in St. Lucia was flawed but also tried to deny the explicit wording of the relevant Cabinet conclusion that it would be created as a statutory corporation.

In the meantime, a “sick-out” by customs officers that started on Thursday has begun to bite, with customs brokerage companies stating that they are losing money. According to local sources, the action by the officers could likely escalate on Monday.
In a video statement released to the media, Raymond acknowledged that the consultation carried out by the border agency…

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