BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 08, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The 2019 National Consultation on the Economy presented the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis with the unique opportunity to hear from a consortium of private sector leaders, civil society representatives and the youth on ideas that can lead to continued economic growth in the twin island Federation.
“We acknowledge that the government alone, civil society alone, industry alone will not be able to deliver the stronger, safer and better economy that St. Kitts and Nevis needs to preserve, to protect and to expand upon,” said Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris as he addressed hundreds during the national consultation held earlier today (Tuesday, October 08) at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
The Honourable Prime Minister highlighted the fact that his Team Unity administration has over the last four years worked keenly with all stakeholders towards rebuilding the country’s economy.
Dr. Harris continued, “That is why these consultations are important because they allow us to reinforce our commitment to work together. So we hail our government officers, the civic society, our diplomatic allies and our regional and international partners and advisors, and [it is also] why we have continued consultations even after we had the Growth Forum series, which we inaugurated last year coming out of consultations with the Chamber [of Industry and Commerce].”
President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Faron Lawrence, while delivering his remarks, commented on the strong relationship that exists between the private and public sector, symbolized today by the Chamber’s active participation in the National Consultation.
He noted that the Chamber appreciates and places “high value on the working relationship that exists between the public and private sectors” and that “this relationship is based on mutual respect, honesty, openness and a strong and genuine desire to see our country prosper.”
“The Chamber and the government appreciates that it is to our mutual benefit and indeed to that of our beloved country that we continue to strengthen that relationship with regular consultations and communication,” the Chamber President said.
The 2019 National Consultation on the Economy was also attended by leaders in the financial services, social development, agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), manufacturing and tourism sectors, among others.