The Saint Lucian Analyzer Essay Competition
The Saint Lucia Analyzer is pleased to announce an essay competition (500 to 800 words) to all Saint Lucian youth (target age: 15 to 30 years).
Background to the Essay: The 2020 ECCB annual report showed that Saint Lucia’s economy contracted significantly and had the worst decline among all six independent Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries. The PM stated in the 2021 Budget Address that “Saint Lucia’s domestic economy in 2020 is estimated by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) to have contracted by 20.4 percent”. Furthermore, according to the 2020 ECCB report, total public sector debt has increased by more than $900M from 2016 to 2020. These numbers clearly show a very challenging future for Saint Lucia which will require careful economic management from our leaders.
Essay Question: What suggestions would you have for our leaders to help improve our economic situation and build a more diversified economy that raises the standard of living of all Saint Lucians?
Submission: Essays should be emailed as a Word Document (or similar format) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Emancipation Day (Sunday August 1st 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Caribbean time). Participants can reach out via email with any questions.
Authors should include their full name, age and district on the submission.
Winners will be announced on Monday September 6th 2021.
Prizes: The top 3 essays will be published on the Saint Lucian Analyzer Blog at https://stlucia-analyzer.medium.com/ and the following cash prizes for the top 3 essays.
· $1,000 for 1st Place Essay
· $600 for 2nd Place Essay
· $400 for 3rd Place Essay
Judging: Authors are encouraged to include specific, data-driven actionable suggestions that would help rebuild Saint Lucia’s economy. Essays will be judged according to the following categories:
· Content including soundness of points (30)
· Examples and detailed suggestions (15)
· Originality or innovation in solutions (15)
· Logical development and clarity (30)
· Command of language and presentation (10)
Reference Material: The Saint Lucian Analyzer has published several articles on similar topics such as the following:
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