However, a new effort that is already receiving much attention and the results of which could assist in finding solutions for the problems being faced, not only in St. Kitts & Nevis but all other regional states, is the Peace Caribbean Initiative that is being organized in conjunction with Caribbean News Now.
The “Peaceful Caribbean Conference 2012: Focus on Solutions” will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados on 20th April, 2012.
The conference is expected to feature top personalities and experts from the Caribbean and North America, as well as editors and contributors from Caribbean News Now. There will be key addresses and panel discussions on the major issues confronting peace and stability in the Caribbean. Organizers say they expect it to be a hugely important event for anyone interested in the future of the Caribbean as a place to live and visit.
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves will be one of the featured speakers at the conference.
It is being held an effort to highlight the increasing problem of crime in the Caribbean and to focus on enabling the region to regain its rightful place in the world as a peaceful and stable region.
According to Conference Director, Ms Rebecca Theodore, “Whilst each country and territory in the region has its own unique set of complex problems, we believe that much more can be achieved by sharing what works and what doesn’t in this respect, rather than trying to achieve results in isolation.”
During his recent Budget Address in the St Vincent and the Grenadines parliament, Prime Minister Gonsalves, who also holds the portfolio as Minister of National Security, remarked that the nature of man results in a propensity to break the law and a crime-free society will exist only in Heaven.
“However, in this earthly city we must strive to curtail crime and reduce it to an acceptable minimum, consistent with the highest possible level of civilised living,” he added.
“When discussing this subject we must present facts; seek the truth from the facts; analyse the issues dispassionately and rationally; make practical and effective proposals to tackle crime; and then let us all work together on fighting crime,” Dr Gonsalves continued.
After hearing Prime Minister Gonsalves’ remarks, Ms Theodore said she was confident that his clarion call was not only for the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines, but that it was for the entire region, and every stakeholder who is passionate about a Peaceful Caribbean.
She added that she looks forward to Prime Minister Gonsalves’ contributions in not only making the Peaceful Caribbean Conference a success, but in also paving the way forward for the discussion of crime outside the partisan political debate.