St. Lucia Explores Legal Framework For Establishing Medical Research Facility

CASTRIES, St Lucia –– Invest Saint Lucia last week hosted a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders to determine the way forward for establishing Saint Lucia as a preferred location for investments in medical research and education, with downstream opportunities for health tourism and other economic activities.

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy. (photo – St. Lucia Star.com)

As cited in the 2015 Throne Speech by Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy, the government has engaged the British law firm of Clifford Chance LLP to review the legislative and regulatory framework needed to transform Saint Lucia into a world class medical research centre.

Accordingly, a number of local stakeholders, as well as relevant government officials, are expected to meet with the representatives of Clifford Chance LLP over the next few days to present their respective inputs into the consultative process designed to facilitate the regulatory framework for developing Saint Lucia as a preferred location for medical research.

In explaining the rationale behind the consultative process, the minister responsible for commerce, business development, investment and consumer affairs, Emma Hippolyte, said: “The ultimate goal of this venture is to support the development of a clinical research environment in Saint Lucia through modular steps, and to establish clinical research in line with high legal and ethical international standards, in order to further develop the island as a recognized location for medical research.

“In so doing,” she continued, “it is our hope that this would enhance Saint Lucia’s attractiveness for foreign investments in the medical sector.”

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