Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to be Guest Speaker at NRP Convention

Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit

Charlestown, Nevis (Wednesday, October 24, 2012) — Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit will be the featured Guest Speaker at the Nevis Reformation Party’s (NRP) Convention which will be held this Sunday (Oct. 28) at the Nevis Performing Arts Center (NEPAC) under the theme: NRP- Best for Nevis.

The announcement was made by Premier of Nevis and NRP Party Leader the Hon. Joseph Parry during a talk with media persons Tuesday afternoon. Premier Parry said he was delighted to have the Dominican leader address his party’s convention.

Skerrit, 40, a dynamic speaker, has been Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica since January 2004 when he succeeded the late Pierre Charles thus becoming the world’s youngest Prime Minister elected. With his party’s May 2005 elections victory, Skerrit became the world’s first democratically elected national leader born in the 1970’s (June 8, 1972).

In addition to being Prime Minister, Skerrit also serves as Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and as the political leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP).

Regionally he has served as the Chairman of the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS), and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom).

Premier Parry told the media that the agenda for the Conference would be made available at the start of the event, however, he added that the resolutions to be tabled would reflect past achievements, and the way forward for the party.

The Open Session which will be addressed by Party Chairman Mr. Herman “Bobbie” Liburd commences at 3:00 pm, and will be broadcast live on Choice Community radio 105.3FM.

The Open Session will be followed by the Closed Session, where delegates from the various constituencies, along with the Party Leadership, will hear and deliberate on various reports on the activities of the party.

A new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the party for the ensuing year will also be elected. Delegates are also expected to debate and pass resolutions touching on various issues of national interest.

According to the Premier, this convention will be the first step in a major island-wide campaign to boost the party’s readiness to continue in the reigns of government whenever the next island election is called. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Premier put the country on notice that the next time Nevisians vote it would be in a general election and not a by-election.

“A General election is an election that determines the direction of the country. No one seat can determine that. It is too important the Nevisian leader declared then.

“The issue of who runs the country, who gives the direction to the country, who carries the ball further cannot be decided by a by-election,” Premier Parry asserted.

Meanwhile, in the build-up to the grand Convention, Friday (Oct. 26) has been declared “Wear Something Green Day”, culminating with a massive rally in Jessups in the Premier’s St. Thomas’ constituency.

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