H.E Hon Guy Joseph | St Lucia

Mr. Guy Joseph a successful entrepreneur and social activist born in 1966. He was raised in the community of Forestierre, the seventh of ten children, where he still resides today. Mr. Joseph began his formal schooling at the Forestierre Methodist Combined School. Unfortunately, during that era, unfortunately he was not able to attend secondary school. However, that did not change his resolve to self educate, after a few years of working in the mechanical industry Mr. Joseph attended the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College where he obtained a certificate in Construction Mechanics. A few years later he attended the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) completing two levels of accounting; Basic Accounting and Intermediate Accounting. Mr. Joseph is also certified and trained in Management and Empowerment. He has done a wide range of training programs and certifications in Preventative Maintenance.

Mr. Joseph graduated from Monroe College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and the University of Lynchburg with a Masters in Business Administration.

Before politics, Mr. Joseph enjoyed giving back to his community, church, sport, and the environment. For the past twenty years, he has sponsored the good Friday Tape Ball Competition and headed the youth department of the Forestierre Seventh Day Adventist Church. He has been a major sponsor of various community activities including community clean-ups and sporting tournaments. In his younger days, Mr. Joseph was the founding President of the Forestierre Drama Group, performing both regionally and internationally.

Guy Joseph served as the President of the Forestierre Mini Bus Association. He has also held various positions on the Forestierre Development Committee, spearheading, planning, and executing development activities. Mr. Joseph was the President of the National Council on Public Transport for twelve (12) years. During his term as President of the National Council on Public Transport, he alongside his council established the present public transport system in St. Lucia.

Mr. Joseph has pursued the gamut of employment and entrepreneurship. He began as a banana farmer, soon after he realized his preference for entrepreneurship and branched off on his own. Some years later he then went into the mini bus service. Mr. Joseph has had many successful businesses including furniture manufacturing, trucking, and heavy equipment services, auto parts and tyres.

In 2006 he entered into elective politics as a candidate for Castries South East and a member of the United Workers Party who was in Opposition. He won the seat and his party won the elections.

In Government, Mr. Joseph served as the Minister for Communication, Workers, Transport & Public Utilities (2006 -2011), Chairman at ECTEL – Council of Ministers and in 2011 he served as an opposition Member of Parliament for Castries South East.

In 2016 he again won for the 3rd 5-year Term and is presently serving in the cabinet as Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation. He is also on the Board of Governor for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and St. Lucia’s representative for Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) on the council of Ministers.

He is Married and a lover of cricket.

He is now preparing to contest his 4th Election.

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