Chamber of Commerce speaks out on dismissal of JA St. Lucia chapter from global body
The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture – Project Sponsor for Junior Achievement (JA) St. Lucia is aware of the recent media story regarding the dismissal of JA St. Lucia from JA Worldwide Inc. Unfortunately, the Board of Directors of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce confirms this claim as factual.
Over the past two decades, JA St. Lucia has established a legacy of youth development through entrepreneurship, mentorship and social enterprise, operating in 20 high schools, including vocational schools and over 60 primary schools across the island, involving around 4,000 pupils. Despite these accomplishments, the past two years have presented significant challenges that have negatively affected the momentum, participation and functioning of the local; including the pandemic and other exogenous shocks that have led to the current situation.
The Board and Senior Management agree that this situation is most regrettable and are currently taking the necessary corrective action to restore our status within the international governing body by tactically addressing operational, financial, governance and especially current relationships.
The President of the Chamber of Commerce of Saint Lucia, Mr. Trevor Louisy, said: “We wish to affirm unequivocally the commitment of the Chamber to restore a sustainable environment for JA St Lucia to carry out its mission, which is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise. , business and economy, to improve the quality of their lives within a reasonable time.