Douglas further stated that a crucial part of the process will be the accessing and using of information technologies, which open channels for the first level of exchange, affording possibilities for the dissemination of ideas, and facilitating training and education, as well as the delivery of healthcare, among other benefits.
Prime Minister Douglas, also pointed out that the innovative use of ICTs to achieve national and hemispheric goals is endorsed by St. Kitts and Nevis, where broadband access is now universal and students have been sensitized to the value of computer literacy through the recently implemented ‘student lap-top programme.’
He added that the federation values the opportunity to emphasize the commitment to this hemisphere and to confront, with its neighbours, the issues that all face as a region.
“Our citizens hold their collective breath when we meet as Heads and decision makers, expectant and optimistic that Summits such as this will be a catalyst for direct, impactful and positive change – not in the abstract, but in their individual lives. We owe it to our citizens to ensure that the decisions arrived at these Summits be translated into action, and that such action be timely.”
Greater cooperation and collaboration is essential, if the different states are to dramatically reduce the wastage of resources that results when individual concepts are formulated, said the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister.
Dr. Douglas, in calling on the Heads of State and Government, to move beyond the talk and symbolism of ‘connecting the Americas,’ said hard work that is required.
“Hundreds of millions living throughout our hemisphere deserve and await the connections across both technologies and space that our efforts can produce, and this we must deliver. As states and civil society, Mr. Chair, as national and regional agencies, as public and private sectors, and as youth and social actors, we must be partners all in our people’s quest for true and lasting prosperity. And effective cooperation will have to be a key element of any hemispheric thrust to achieve this objective,” said the Prime Minister.