According to Charles Wilkin QC, these closer relations are “essential to the promotion of growth of our economy is the improvement of these relations. We are as a nation grown up enough to end the politicization of everything and everyone in St. Kitts and Nevis. We must stop talking at each other and start talking with each other. Consultation should be institutionalized at the top but also at the middle levels of the public service.”
Wilkin was at the time addressing the recent National Economic Growth Forum held at the St. Kitts Marriott, which was attended by more than 300 representatives from both sectors.
Using his personal experience as an example, Wilkin called for more dialogue and trust between among the individuals who represent both private and public sectors.
“It was an eye opener for me when I chaired ICC Cricket World Cup St. Kitts-Nevis Ltd. to see the number of highly competent and knowledgeable but underutilized Civil Servants. This was reinforced when I attended the series of workshops facilitated by Michael Julien of ISSED in 2009 which brought the private sector into dialogue with many of the young and middle ranking Civil Servants. But too many of them are cowed by the politics. They should be brought into the dialogue with the private sector.
“We cannot grow our economy while there is mistrust and an absence of dialogue between the major stakeholders. The relationship should be one of partnership in the national interest,” Wilkin stated, adding that a successful partnership must be based on effective communication and a common purpose.
“When the partners allow negative human feelings to dominate positive ones in their approach to a partnership it usually fails. So let us put aside the tribal politics and keep the egos and power trips to a minimum.”