St. Lucia

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Independent island state, one of the Windward Islands, West Indies, aouth-eastern Caribbean Sea, between Martinique on the north and Saint Vincent on the south.
  • Area:
    • Total: 616 sq km
    • Water: 10 sq km
    • Land: 606 sq km
    • Coastline: 158 km
  • Maritime Claims:
    • Contiguous Zone: 24 NM
    • Territorial Sea: 12 NM
    • Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 NM
    • Continental Shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin
  • Natural Resources:
    • Forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential

People:

  • Population:162,157 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality:
    • noun: Saint Lucian(s)
    • adjective: Saint Lucian
  • Ethnic groups: black 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, white 1%
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, Anglican 3%, other Protestant 7%
  • Languages: English (official), French patois

Government:

  • Country name:
    • conventional short form: Saint Lucia
  • Government type: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy
  • Capital: Castries
  • Administrative divisions: 11 quarters; Anse-la-Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros-Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort
  • International organization participation: ACCT, ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3% (2001 est.)
  • Industries: clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism, lime processing, coconut processing
  • Agriculture - products: bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa
  • Exports: $68.3 million (2000 est.)
  • Exports - commodities: bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil
  • Imports: $319.4 million (2000 est.)
  • Imports - commodities: food 23%, manufactured goods 21%, machinery and transportation equipment 19%, chemicals, fuels
  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

National Policy:

    • Marine Affairs Policy

      International Marine Affairs: The Government of St. Lucia has participated in the ratification of UN Convention of the Law of the Sea in 1985; has had representation at the World Fisheries Conference in 1984 and is actively represented at the World Whaling Commission. It signed the Action Plan for the Caribbean prepared by UNEP.

      National Marine Affairs: A 5 year Fisheries Development Plan (1984-1989) was signed to promote the grow of the fishing industry of St. Lucia by the reduction of the cost of producing fish and the increase of annual yield of fish and fish products by creating better market conditions. The protection of certain gradually declining marine species populations such as turtles, conch,sea urchins ...etc., has promoted the imposition of closed seasons for these fisheries (St .Lucia, A Marine Science Country Profile, IOC).

 

  • Marine Science & Research Policy
  • Coastal Area Policy
  • Environment Policy

    There is growing concern about environmental quality in St. Lucia. Advocacy of environmentally sound policies is common among government ministries responsible for the promotion of environmental issues. These are complemented by parastatal organizations having sectoral responsibilities, also an array of international and regional agencies, multi-national and local companies, plus especial interest groups (St. Lucia, A Marine Science Country Profile, IOC).

Institutional Structure:

      Fisheries Management Unit (FMU) Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Co-operatives

 

      Manoel Street, Castries, St. Lucia

 

      Telephone: (1-809) 452-3987

 

      Cable: FISH MANAGEMENT

 

      Telefax/facsimile: (1-809) 453-6314



      Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Forestry

 

      Sans Souci, Castries, St.Lucia

 

      Telephone: 7584526172

 

      Fax: 7584523853



      Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI)

 

      Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

 

      Morne Fortune, P.O.Box 1111. Castries, St Lucia

 

      Telephone: (1-809) 452-1412/2501

 

      Cable: CARENHI ST. LUCIA

 

      Telex: 6248 OECAS for CEHI

 

      Telefax/facsimile: (1-809) 452-5313



      Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Ministry of Education

 

      P.O. Box 709 Castries, St. Lucia

 

      Telephone: 7584518746

 

      Fax: 7584522506



      Government Ministries



      Prime Minister's Office

 

      Government Buildings

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 2611 Fax: 758 453 7352



      Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

 

      Government Buildings

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 1178 Fax: 758 452 7427



      Ministry of Finance and Planning

 

      Government Building

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 5315 Fax: 758 452 2506 Finance

 

      Tel: 758 452 4266 Fax : 758 452 2506 Planning



      Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs

 

      Government Building

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 2627 Fax: 758 453 7347



      Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

 

      Micoud Street

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 453 2647 Fax: 758 453 2299



      Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and the Environment

 

      Manoel Street

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 2526 Fax : 758 453 6314



      Ministry of Communications, Works and Transport

 

      Micoud Street

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 2429 Fax: 758 453 2769



      Ministry of Personnel, Establishment and Training

 

      P O Box 709

 

      Government Building

 

      Conway, Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 3201 Fax: 758 452 2506



      Ministry of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs and Women

 

      Government Building

 

      Conway, Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 2611 Fax: 758 452 5655



      Ministry of Community Development, Culture, Local Government and Cooperatives

 

      Government Building

 

      Conway, Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 453 1725 Fax: 758 453 7921



      Ministry of Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and Labour

 

      Government Building

 

      Conway, Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 3772 Fax: 758 453 6315



      Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation

 

      Government Building

 

      Conway, Castries, Saint Lucia, WI

 

      Tel: 758 452 2611 Fax: 758 451 7414 / 6986



      National Heroes Park Commitee

 

      c/o Ministry of Community Development, Culture, Local Government & Co-operatives

 

      Greaham Louisy Administrative Building, 4th Floor

 

      Waterfront

 

      Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I.

 

      Tel: 001 758 453 1487 Fax: 001 758 453 7921

 

      http://www.lucianheros.i.am



National Focal Point for IOCARIBE

      Mrs.Alison King-Joseph

 

      Permanent Secretary

 

      Environment Section

 

      Ministry of Planning, Development, Environment and Housing

 

      Greaham Louisy Administrative Building

 

      The Waterfront

 

      P.O. Box 709

 

      Castries

 

      St. Lucia, West Indies

 

      Tel: (758) 468 4459 / 468 4401 / 451 8746

 

      Fax: (758) 451 6958 / 452 2056

 

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For more information about Saint Lucia visit its Central Intelligence Agency Factsheet.