A new start must be based on transparency and trust, says CIC President

Hobson opined this view when he spoke at the organizations 32nd Annual Private Sector Banquet. But attaining this new level of partnership requires other important elements, he indicated.

“We believe that any partnership between government and the private sector must be about the advancement of the people and the economy,” said CIC President Hobson, who continued, “It is also our considered opinion that the joint approach between the public and private sectors is best facilitated in an environment of trust, confidence and mutual respect.”

According to the CIC president, political and economic circumstances have offered the federation the opportunity to start new relations between the public and private sectors, as well as the opportunity to do it right. He stated, “A new beginning ought to be a contract, not only with the Chamber of Industry & Commerce, but with the people of the country. A new beginning also has to be anchored in the principles of transparency, accountability, and I repeat, trust.”

CIC-Banquet-2One of the main talking points was that of crime, which the Chamber presidents said is like a bad storm that puts the population at risk, as he commended and welcomed the government’s Six-Point Crime Fighting Plan.

We also appreciate the invitation to be a participant in a meeting scheduled for next week to discuss that very plan. We have seen your plan, and we hope to add our voice to more initiatives but to also give firm support to the programs already under consideration,” he said.

Hobson called on the prime minister to make the revitalization of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council a priority, as it could have significant impact on the country’s future economic performance. He said, “This council could be so instrumental in any new effort to craft a new economic model for St. Kitts and Nevis. I urge you to make this a priority issue. So many of the problems we share and the issues we raise could be better handled through such discourse and careful planning.”

The Chamber called also on the government to keep its campaign promises, including those of Integrity in Public Life legislation and term limits for prime ministers.

According to Hobson, “A new beginning for our country does in fact require that promises on the political front be kept. These include Constitutional Reform, Electoral Reform, transparency in the Operations of Government, Term Limits, Set Dates for Elections and higher levels of Accountability.”

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