Letter to the AG - Gros Islet Development FOundation

5TH October, 2011

Mr. Rudolph Lorenzo Francis,
Attorney General,
Attorney General’s Office,
Castries Waterfront,
CASTRIES.

Dear Sir,

THE MATTER OF THE GROS ISLET DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION REFERS

It has been brought to my attention via an advertisement on the local television media of the existence of the “Gros Islet Development Foundation”. The advertisement publicly purports that the said entity represents “Your Property Taxes at work”.

I seek clarification as to what is the legislation which creates or empowers the Gros Islet Development Foundation. I am aware of existing legislation for Local Government which sanctions the Gros Islet Town Council. However, there appears to be no mandate relationship under the law or in practice between the local government entity and the Gros Islet Development Foundation.

Other such foundations or agencies which receive government funding for the purpose of undertaking government works would normally require specific legislation, such as the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation, the National Community Foundation or the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

As the Gros Islet Development Foundations suggests that it is utilizing government revenue for the purpose of public road construction and maintenance, it appears that this entity is quasi-governmental and should have the sanctioning of appropriate legislation. Clearly, if this entity is receiving government revenues to purchase works on behalf of the Government, then in the interest of public accountability, some framework must be established under the law to effect this. Is this a publicly registered company? If so, what are the particulars of its incorporation? Who are the directors? Is it a non-profit entity? Who determines the composition of the Board? To whom does the said entity report? What means is granted for governmental input?

I kindly await your response on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

……………………………………………
JOHN MICHEL
Campaign Manager