Minister Alva Baptiste
2nd Deputy Leader
Minister of External Affairs, International Trade & Civil Aviation
Dynamic, Committed and Caring Leadership
An Aviation and Air Transport expert with more than twenty (20) years experience. Alva has had a deep interest in social justice and equity and his entire life has been committed and devoted to the public welfare. Hence, prior to elective politics, Alva was a youth leader, community and trade union activist and humanitarian.
As a youth leader Alva was one of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council’s (NYC) most eloquent and persistent voices in seeking recognition for the Council and was also the founding president of the Saint Lucia Labour Party Youth Organization (SLPYO).
Alva’s leadership experiences, combined with his political involvement, community and youth work, as well as trade union activities, have given him a clear and practical understanding of the needs and expectations of the electorate. In addition, Alva is substantial, conscientious, hard working and imbued with burning nationalism.
As its Second Deputy Political Leader, Alva brings to the Saint Lucia Labour Party, the human qualities that make him a respected public figure – eloquence, compassion, ability and sensitivity, not to mention commitment and resolve.
Alva has a passion for infrastructural development, transport, poverty alleviation and sustainable human development. As the Parliamentary Representative for the constituency of Laborie, he creates and executes initiatives geared towards a better constituency and more progressive people.
The elimination of poverty in the Laborie constituency.
- To refocus Laborie’s development efforts on building a strong local economy and the encouragement of economic growth which benefits the people of Laborie as a whole. We will do this through support for national development targets and policies, which create sustainable livelihood for Laborians, promote human development and conserve the environment.
- To put in place new ways of working with the local private and voluntary sectors, and the research community, towards the achievement of Laborie’s development targets.
- To ensure that the full range of Government policies affecting Laborie’s development takes account of its sustainable development objective.
- To use Laborie’s cultural and natural heritage as a tool for job creation, poverty alleviation and sustainable human development in this constituency.
2006-Present Parliamentary Representative, Laborie Constituency.
2003-2005 Civil Aviation Officer: Ministry of Civil Aviation, St. Lucia
1985-2002 St. Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority, P.O. Box 651, Castries
2001-2002 Assistant Airport Manager: Hewanorra International Airport.
1988-1997 Air Traffic Control Officer..
1985-1986 Air Traffic Control Assistant.
1999-2000 Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities And Colleges and
All-American Scholar, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
1994 Most Outstanding Youth, Laborie Youth & Sports Council.
1992-1994 Most Outstanding Debater, St. Lucia National Youth Council.
1991 Certificate of Merit, St. Lucia Civil Service Association
1987 Valedictorian, Transport Canada Training Institute.
1984 Valedictorian, Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School.
2002-2003 Cranfield University, United Kingdom; MSc in Air Transport Management.
Thesis Topic: The Economic Impact of Rationalising St. Lucia’s Airport Infrastructure: Feasibility of Making Hewanorra International Airport a Gateway to OECS States.
1998-2000 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida BSc in Aviation Business Administration.
Majors: International Air Transportation Management.