The University of the West Indies (UWI) congratulated Philip J. Pierre, who was sworn in as Saint Lucia’s eighth prime minister on July 28, the Saint Lucia Times reported Saturday.
Prime Minister Pierre, an economist and UWI alumnus, led his political party to victory in Saint Lucia’s general election on July 26.
The UWI community is filled with great pride to have yet another member of its alumni assuming the high office of Prime Minister in the Caribbean region, UWI noted.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor of UWI, expressed his personal congratulations to Prime Minister Pierre on his “resounding victory” in the election, adding: “The citizens of Saint Lucia have demonstrated very clearly their desire for your leadership.”
Vice-Chancellor Beckles also assured the new Prime Minister the backing of UWI and said he looks forward to an opportunity to discuss ways in which the regional university could continue to support Saint Lucia’s development.
Pierre holds both a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration from UWI. Before entering politics, he was a teacher. He then held administrative positions at J.Q. Charles Limited, Coopers and Lybrand, Panell Kerr Forster and was financial controller at Stanthur Company, Ltd. 

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