Established sometime last year, the coalition was comprised of the Christian Council (CC), the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) and the Evangelical Association (EA). The group was a major player in suggesting and requesting that all political parties and candidates participating in the 2010 General Elections abide by and conduct themselves in accordance with a Code of Conduct (COC).
Spokesperson for the group and representative for the EA, Bishop Ron Dublin-Collins told MiyVue, as recent as a couple of months ago, the NGO Coalition concluded its discussions with the HTA and that entity was added to the coalition.
“We decided that we would seek to extend the coalition to other reputable NGOs in St. Kitts so we have been in discussion with a few of them and we had reached the point in June where we had completed discussions successfully with the HTA…It has always been part of our mandate to broaden our support and our membership.”
Collins says the Coalition is of the view that by broadening its scope, it would have a greater impact on the development of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis.
‘We are hoping as we widen the membership, there would be increased involvement and a greater recognition of the importance of the coalition in terms of the development of our nation. We are hoping that they would also bring with them the influence to open doors for greater dialogue with the NGO Coalition.”
Collins explained to MiyVue that the Coalition met recently for discussions and an executive has been selected to serve for a one year period. He has advised that he sits at Chair of the executive, The CIC’s Wendy Phipps serves as Secretary and the CC’s Archdeacon Valentine Hodge and the HTA’s Nick Menon also serve on the executive.
“We have put in place an executive that has been mandated for one year to get the Articles of Association and liaise with the relevant regional and international organizations for further development of the coalition and also express concerns that the constituent bodies have been addressing about the crime and violence…”
MiyVue understands that the Coalition is presently in consultation with other NGOs with a view to them joining the group.
The NGO Coalition, with vested interest in the Federation, its people and its development are expected to discuss and provide recommendations which are deemed to be of national interest.