Federation’s first prime minister reflects as party celebrates 50 years

Speaking at St. Anne’s Church on 18th January during a service held in commemoration of PAM’s 50th Anniversary as a political party, the former prime minister spoke about the foundational beliefs that shaped the party’s agenda.

“It was a philosophy of pragmatic, diversified development designed to address our problems with our own solutions derived from our own experience of a country’s history and aspirations,” remarked Dr. Simmonds, who said that the people oriented development focus during his time in office created opportunities that generated economic growth and social development.

“We brought relief to the poorest of the poor, created new opportunities for the youth, dignified the status of women, opened employment opportunities on a scale not seen before, and converted a mono-cultural economy into a diversified economy, in which tourism became a brilliant centerpiece, surrounded by diversified agriculture, industry, construction and services,” said Sir Kennedy.

While reflecting that PAM implemented several significant infrastructural projects, such as Port Zante and the Southeast Peninsula road, it was the social enhancement programs that benefited individual and families that have been the most meaningful legacy of the PAM/NRP administration.

“The things I look back on with great satisfaction are those things which go more directly to the heart of people development,” said Dr. Simmonds, as he listed several achievements including the 13 weeks maternity leave for women, non-discrimination against unmarried women in the workplace, the Early Childhood Education program, the School Meals program and securing the sugar lands.

According to Sir Kennedy, the party’s 50th Anniversary comes at a time when “our constitutional democracy, which our forefathers and our generation struggled to achieve and preserve, is being trampled upon by those charged with the sacred responsibility to protect it”.

He advised the party to “stand firmly in the breach against all threats to our people’s fundamental rights and freedoms”. 


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