PM Douglas Uses The Web To Stay In Touch
Basseteere, St. Kitts – Nevis
January 15, 2009 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has a message for nationals of the twin-island Federation living in the diaspora.
“At this time of global economic and social distress, it is especially important for our people to work and strive together within our families”¦..to pull and band together within our communities”¦..and to plan, adjust, and stand together, as one ““ whatever challenges situations may throw our way,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader in a short address available on demand at YouTube, the St. Kitts – Nevis List, feelthevybes.com and CUOPM.com on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Douglas told overseas nationals, that although they no longer live permanently in St. Kitts and Nevis, “our bonds of kinship and origin transcend both distance and time,” and it was important that he speaks with them during this time of global tumult.
“I want to speak with you directly, and regularly ““ regarding my government’s unrelenting efforts to promote stability and progress in our country ““ whatever external challenges may come our way,” the St. Kitts and Nevis leader said, disclosing that it will be the first in a series of bi-weekly, shall we say, “reports” to them.
Since taking office in July 1995, the Denzil Douglas has implemented several initiatives to promote accountability, transparency and good governance.
These include “Ask the PM” – a one-hour live programme that affords members of the general public an opportunity to call in via the telephone or email and ask questions, make comments or give ideas to the Federation’s leader on how to make St. Kitts and Nevis a better place.
The other programmes include “Face to Face” which allows the Prime Minister and all his Ministers to sit in a Town Hall setting and field questions from persons in the audience, via the telephone or the internet; the Monthly Prime Minister’s Press Conference, the Post Cabinet Briefings, which informs of the issues discussed and the decisions taken in the Cabinet; Live Television coverage of the National Assembly meetings, the National Consultation on the Economy, the establishment of the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM), the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Website and the consultation with stakeholders on draft legislation before passage in the lawmaking body.
Prime Minister Douglas also meets frequently with members of non-governmental organisation.