St. Kitts – Nevis To Submit Legislation To Outlaw Gangs

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Legislation To Be Reviewed By The National Assembly

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
April 07, 2009 (CUOPM)

Legislation to outlaw gangs in St. Kitts and Nevis will go to the National Assembly by the end of this month.

Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has that Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Dr. the Hon. Dennis Merchant to consider bringing before Parliament new legislation to outlaw gangs in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Dr. Merchant has assured the Cabinet that he had already been conducting research of model legislation from other jurisdictions and that he would move swiftly to ensure that the new bill outlawing gangs be brought to Parliament for passage within the shortest time possible.

Cabinet has identified the week of April 23 as a tentative date for the next sitting of the National Assembly.

A number of other pieces of legislation have been earmarked for tabling at the next sitting of the lawmaking body including legislation to fully root in law the establishment of the National Enterprise Development Division (NEDD).

The NEDD is a partner agency of SKIPA, the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency, but  will however concentrate on helping small local businesses develop planning and management capacity.

SKIPA on the other hand works with both small and large businesses to help them access and expedite business opportunities.

Cabinet complimented the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Dennis Merchant, for his efforts that have resulted in an extremely active legislative agenda over the past few years.

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