Co-operation for a corporate surprise

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS)– The Ministry of Consumer Affairs ‘sprung a surprise’ on a member of the corporate world recently (Wednesday 12) as part of its 2014 Consumer Week celebrations.

Light industry manufacturer Kajola Kristada was the proud recipient of the first ever Ministry of Consumer Affairs Corporate Citizenship Award this week when officials from the ministry popped in with cameras and balloons to bring good tidings to the C. A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park-based industry.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Charleton Edwards remarked that it was important to show the ministry’s gratitude for Kajola Kristada’s support to fostering a strong partnership between the public and private sectors.

“We are here today to show our gratitude to your company for your outstanding support over the years in the celebration of Consumer Awareness Week,” said Edwards. “it is important for us to show that in order to achieve what we have done so far and what we want to do in the future, there must be a strong partnership between the public sector and the private sector and you have demonstrated that in your company and we want to say thank you.”

A plaque and corporate award certificate were presented to the General Manager of Kajola Kristada by Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs Paul Queeley and a member of staff respectively.

Minister with responsibility for Consumer Affairs, Honourable Richard Skerritt, said he was pleased to be a part of such a pleasant surprise and the first recognition award of this kind.

This team of ministry leadership and staff actually decided that in doing our week this year they will have the first such recognition award for outstanding corporate citizenship,” said Minister Skerritt. “It’s about recognizing a company that has not only been a good partner, which has been emphasized so far, but has been a good partner with the entire community, with the entire country, in other private sector to private sector situations and in charitable and community development.”

General Manager of Kajola Kristada, Jose Rosa said he was very humbled by the gesture and was happy to help improve the quality of life for people in the federation.

I feel very humbled and I always say I feel very pleased to be part of St. Kitts and Nevis and the way that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and the country has treated me I cannot do anything else but try to improve the quality of life of the people in the island,” said Rosa. “I respect the Kittitians, I respect the Nevisians and I respect the country. I will be here as long as they will have me to be here.”

Consumer Week 2014 which runs from March 09 to 15 concludes with a march through the streets of Basseterre on Friday 14, while International Consumer Rights Day will be recognized internationally on March 15.

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