The release came from an informal grouping, the Civil Society Organizations, which comprises the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Christian Council, the Small Business Forum and the Evangelical Association. While, the sentiments of the document have been well received by many, there are some who question its legitimacy on the grounds that there were no signatures nor was the information placed on an official letterhead.
Speaking on WINN FM’s ‘Voices’, Cable said the statement gained the approval of the various boards that are on the document, and there was no need for individual persons to sign.
“It was done by the representatives of the boards of directors of the organizations, who after these meetings had to go back to their different constituent boards and gain approval before they could sign off,” said Cable, who indicated that it was normal practice to gain the approval from each board.
When asked to comment on the criticism directed to the Chamber because there was no official letterhead or signature on the document, the CIC executive director opined that the message is the most important aspect.
“It is the message that is important and not so much the messenger. I think that one should concentrate on the message that was sent, after much study and discussion, where our grouping is concerned,” he noted.
Although Prime Minister Denzil Douglas said he would ignore the unsigned document, he did indicate that he was open to responding to a signed version. However, the CIC executive director confirmed that the civil society organizations would not be dispatching another document to the prime minister.
He stressed that there were a number of releases that were sent over the last 10 years that did not have a signature attached to them “and they were not contested”.
“The messengers I can prove are authentic, and I have signed copies from the four organizations, from the heads of those four organizations in my possession. Had I not received them, they would not have been included,” cable explained.