During his weekly radio programme on Tuesday (6th January, 2014), the prime minister told listeners that it is the commitment of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to enhance the lives of citizens.
“I pledge that I will continue to give to the citizens of this country, that you will find work close to where you live, that is a sacred commitment that this government brings to the people of this country,” said Douglas.
The prime minister also made reference to the White Gate project, where he said individuals living in that area would have first “opportunity for employment”, although persons would be hired from other communities.
Referring to the economic impact of a wider approach to community development, the prime minister indicated that the policy is bring benefits to communities around the island.
“That is the change that we have brought to the economic and social landscape in this country. That is the progress that we have brought and that is why we have said that it is real change,” Dr. Douglas said.
The Prime Minister during his statement on his community development plan, took a swing at the opposition, stating that when the People’s Action Movement were in power, certain areas of St. Kitts and Nevis were neglected because they were non-supporters of the party.
“When PAM formed the Government, only one half of the Island Main Road was being resurfaced and the other half is not being resurfaced simply because the people who live in that half was not supporting the government,” PM Douglas said.
He described the behaviour of the long-time political rival as “the politics of PAM,” and suggested that it is also the politics of the Opposition.
PM Douglas also announced that the Destination Sandy Point initiative would bring community tourism to the people of Sandy Point, Half Way Tree and the areas that surround them.
“There is a similar exercise being undertaken in Half Way Tree, and although it is not yet completed, they should be commended for what they are doing there,” the prime minister stated.