by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Right Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas, in his first meeting with the staff of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, emphasised that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis must not be passive in its interaction with the rest of the world and the decisions made at the global level.
“We intend not to sit by and just let the world make decisions for us, we want to be part of those decisions, and we want to make decisions that the rest of the world will understand and appreciate what we are doing,” said Dr Douglas in a video from the Government Information Service.
St. Kitts and Nevis has no natural resources to export like Trinidad and Tobago with asphalt, oil and natural gas; in Guyana, the discoveries of oil wells recently made, and bauxite in Jamaica and Guyana.
The Foreign Affairs Minister highlighted that we have one crucial resource that we should not neglect.
“We are a small nation the only resource that we really have is our people. Some people say passports, but it’s a people that we really have as a resource at this particular time, and so, it is important for people to be properly trained. Training is critically important. It’s important that other people understand what is happening in the rest of the world.”
Dr Douglas said he was humbled to serve in his new capacity and expressed gratitude to the former Minister, Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley for the work he and the Ministry did in the previous seven years.
“I want to thank the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, that is, Premier Mark Brantley, for serving in this capacity, serving the interest of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and the government of St. Kitts and Nevis in this particular capacity for I think the last near seven years. Of course, a lot has been achieved, but [what] we would want to do now is to build on that which has been achieved from the standpoint of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
On August 19, Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr Terrance Drew and Premier Brantley met for the first time since Dr Drew assumed office to discuss the relationship between both administrations after pledging to be an inclusive Prime Minister, especially for the citizens and residents on the sister island of Nevis, at the swearing-in ceremony of the Cabinet on August 13.
Dr Douglas thanked the staff for their service and asked for their continued support in building the image and resources of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“ I want to not only thank Minister but you, the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially led by Permanent Secretary Ms Bass and the senior persons on the other side who would have provided support in this ministry for whatever successes you would have achieved. So you’re a part of not only the building of the image of this country but also to a large extent you must be [committed] towards the further development settlement of the people, the human resource of this country and at the same time, use of resources to ensure that we can establish ourselves as an independent country around the world.”