In the social media message, Prime Minister Chastanet wrote,” Dr. Hyginus “Gene” Leon to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) presidency is an incredibly proud moment for Saint Lucia. Dr. Leon follows one illustrious son of Saint Lucian soil in the footsteps – our Nobel Laureate Sir William Arthur Lewis.”
Furthermore, he added, “this is truly a proud moment for all OECS Member States as we believe that we need strong representation for our Region.”
Additionally, he stated, “As an OECS citizen, we know that Dr. Leon will bring his qualifications, vast experience, and keen intellect to the Bank and strategic and transformational perspectives, coupled with action-oriented leadership so critical for the attainment of the Region’s developmental outcomes.”
According to PM, “Dr. Leon has attained this presidency when Members, mainly the smallest and most vulnerable, need a new and more constructive relationship with financial institutions.”
Even the government believes that this relationship must consider their unique position as small States and demonstrate a keen sensitivity to their concerns.
Moreover, borrowing and non-borrowing Members alike are currently confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ongoing threat posed by climate change. These challenges demand the most creative, most effective, real-time responses, developed in an atmosphere of cooperation, consultation, and concerted action. The government of St Lucia looks forward to working with genius on the development plan for the Region.
“I invite all Saint Lucians and OECS citizens to join me in extending congratulations to Dr. Leon,” he added.
Guy Mayers commented, “Congratulations, my friend, may God grant you wisdom and courage as you embark on this new journey and taking on this important challenge.”
Another Facebook user commented, “Looking forward to his success in this high office. Knowing how he took his education seriously and his days as a Cadet member At VFSS, I believe he will rise to execute his responsibilities with excellence.”