Nevisian diplomat for Prime Minister’s Lecture

One such event that is being touted and which over the years has attracted much support from Kittitians and Nevisians is the Prime Minister’s Lecture Series. This year, that lecture is scheduled for Tuesday 15th September.

This however will be the first such lecture being presided over by current prime minister Dr. Timothy Harris, who took office in February 2015, replacing Dr. Denzil Douglas, under whose leadership the series began.

The special committee that has been established to organize the events is expecting even larger crowds next week and has taken measures to secure a more suitable location. They have turned to the Sir Cecil Jacobs auditorium of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, as they make way for this year’s guest speaker, Nevisian diplomat, Sherry Tross.

Tross is currently head of the Office of Ombudsman of the Organization of American States, OAS and is tasked with improving relations with staff, management and the member states of the 34 nation organization.

She is no stranger to top diplomatic posts or the OAS where she once served as the Chief of Staff and Senior political advisor to the then OAS Assistant Secretary General.

A release from the government in Basseterre quoted another of Tross’ accomplishments, saying that she was unanimously confirmed by the 34-member states of the OAS to head the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, the largest technical secretariat within the organization, and to simultaneously serve as Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development.

It is reported that in the past she was also appointed Programme Director of the University of Miami’s North-South Center, a think-tank dedicated to promoting better relations among countries of the Americas.

Despite her ongoing services at the international level, Tross is said to have always maintained a strong affection for her country and the development of its people. This commitment was displayed in 2013 when a group of young entrepreneurs made it to the finals of the Caribbean Innovation Challenge in Barbados. Tross who was there in her official OAS capacity provided much support and encouragement to the young entrepreneurs from a company called Saint Kitts Business Connections, SKBC.

Sherry-Tross-with-SKBCThe competition was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Subregional Office for Barbados and the OECS and the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and Tross, who at the time was the Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the OAS, gave the welcome remarks to delegates.

From over 500 companies throughout the Caribbean SKBC had made it to the top 10 and Tross congratulated them for their outstanding achievement, while also offering guidance for the way forward with their business project. She told them that they were representative of the abundance of talent and skills of her native land, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Her lecture for independence will be carried live on radio and television, starting at 7:00pm.



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