March 27. 2008
On Tuesday Nights “Let’s Talk” show on Voice of Nevis(V.O.N) radio, Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry discussed the recent meeting between The Nevis Island Administration (NIA), the Federal Cabinet and the Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) with talk show host Mr. Evered “Webbo” Herbert.
“The Nevis Island Administration was available to sit with the Donor Groups and raise issues surrounding a number of activities. In showing assistance to the St.Kitts Island and Nevis Island government we hope to gain more aid with greater efficiency and delivery. A number of agencies also showed tremendous interest in the geothermal energy project presently taking place here in Nevis. I have also been invited to Germany to have talks on the geothermal project,” said Premier Parry.
The meeting took place on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the St.Kitts Marriott Resort. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the significant issues regarding aid and trade issues in the Caribbean.
The theme of this year’s meeting was, “Priorities, Opportunities and Challenges in the Changing Aid and Trade Environment”.
In his opening statement, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts – Nevis, the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas stated that the invitation to initiate these discussions brings with it the opportunity to explore very important developmental issues and challenges that are facing donors and recipient countries in the Eastern Caribbean. He said that he believes that the time is right for donor agencies to work along with recipient countries and build a long term partnership for sustainable development.
Co”“chairing the meeting was Dr. Rosina Wiltshire of ECDG. During the opening, Dr. Wiltshire gave an overview of the significant issues regarding aid and trade modalities in the Caribbean. She also discussed the shift of the global economy with regard to the Caribbean. She indicated that we have to look at several issues that are important to the Caribbean, among which includes the possible effect on the Caribbean as a result of the potential global recession. “What are some of the challenges of the Eastern Caribbean?” she asked. “How can we (ECDG) be more effective as ideas for St.Kitts – Nevis are identified?” These areas were thoroughly elaborated on, with Dr. Wiltshire providing great insight into these issues.
A number of persons from regional and international agencies were present at the meeting. Among the institutions represented were: World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, A Delegation of the European Commission and USAID.
After the meeting a number of informal discussions were held and business cards were exchanged with members of the Nevis Island Administration and agency participants, who seemed eager to gain stronger ties and forge deeper relationships with the people of Nevis.