Jamaicans Celebrate their Country’s 49th Independence Anniversary & PM Douglas Sends Congratulations

According to officials in the Jamaica-Kittitian Association, JamKit, the main activity organized for the occasion is a special church service that has been scheduled for Sunday 7th August.

The official disclosed that members of the association and their families will join the congregation of the Antioch Baptist Church, on Infirmary Road, in West Basseterre, for worship on Sunday.

Meanwhile, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas stated in a message on congratulations that even in the face of resistance and adversity, the Jamaican people stepped forward in 1962 to assert their status as a sovereign country. Douglas said that this bold move was in keeping with the rich tradition of courage and determination of the Jamaican people.

The Kittitian leader said that Jamaica is a valued member of the Caribbean Community.

Jamaica became an independent country on 6th August, 1962, after the country voted in a referendum to leave the West Indies Federation that had been in existence from 1958-1962. Jamaicans at the time felt that their participation and membership in the West Indies Federation provided insufficient benefits to the Jamaican people and also held the view that the rest of the region was a burden that it was not willing to carry into economic prosperity.

In a statement issued on Saturday (6th August), the St. Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister said, “Jamaica, the first member of the Caribbean Commonwealth to achieve independence from Britain, has since then gone on to assert their outstanding capabilities internationally in a range of fields, thereby winning for their country the admiration it so richly deserves.”

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