Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony
Dr. Kenny D. Anthony
Prime Minister & SLP Leader
Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security
Parliamentary Representative, Vieux Fort South
Strong and Trusted Leadership
Dr. Kenny Davis Anthony, currently serves as your Prime Minister and also served in this position from 1997 to 2006, is a noted scholar and attorney. Anthony remains in high demand in regional and international fora, as a greatly respected, dynamic leader of integrity and vision.Prior to becoming Prime Minister, in the Labour government that led the country from 1979 to 1982, Anthony was Special Advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture from August 1979 to December 1980, then Minister of Education from December 1980 to March 1981 at the tender age of 29.
In April 1996, Anthony was elected with unanimous acclamation to the leadership of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, which he reorganized with a seriousness and an understanding of the gravity of the issues involved. Consequently, under his leadership, the SLP benefitted from two landslide victories in 1997 and 2001 with a 16-1 and 14-3 majority respectively.
When Anthony became Prime Minister in 1997, key economic objectives were job creation, poverty reduction, reduction in inequality and the overall growth of wealth in the country. Under Dr. Anthony’s principled and strong leadership as Prime Minister, St. Lucia recorded unprecedented high levels of economic growth and development, including in tourism, financial services, utilities, infrastructure and saw the greatest decline in unemployment. For example, when he demitted office his administration had reduced unemployment from over 22% to 13.6%, reduced indigence significantly and grew the economy to at least 5.4% -- wealth was more evenly distributed in Saint Lucia.
In addition, Anthony shepherded the SLP’s long term strategy towards social [human] development, including record expansion in education and skills training in an effort to provide quality education and future employment for all, health, housing, private sector assistance, poverty alleviation, fair labour policies, heritage tourism, sports, culture [including giving dignity to the Kweyol heritage]. For the first time in its history, Saint Lucia was named as No. 1 in Doing Business in the Caribbean, ranking 27th in the entire world.
Despite these achievements, the then opposition successfully sold a plan to the electorate that promised among other things; high rates of economic growth, thousands of new jobs, lower food and fuel prices. Hence, the SLP found itself in opposition with Anthony currently serving as leader of the opposition.
Anthony has been utilizing the years in opposition to reflect and to evaluate the extent to which his government had achieved its objectives in almost a decade of governance. More modestly, over the past two years he also explored the possible policy permutations for the next decade in the context of the imperatives of the constitution and the challenges of reconstruction and development.
As the Leader of the Opposition from 2006-2011, he brought new ideas to the table and continually exposing the wrongdoings and incompetencies of the present administration, which includes successful prosecution of the entire Cabinet in the law courts.
In the aftermath of the abysmal performance of the previous government, Dr. Anthony is taking concrete steps to reestablish order in the nation’s finances.