Several Issues Addressed at Prime Minister’s Press Conference

(ZIZ News) — Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, had the support of several members of his Cabinet on Thursday when he hosted his monthly press conference in the Parliamentary Lounge at Government Headquarters.

The press conference began at 3:15pm and heard remarks on several issues, including the upcoming Independence celebrations, the September 18th gratuitous payment to former workers of the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation and bills to be debated and discussed at Tuesday’s National Assembly Sitting.

Speaking specifically of next week’s payout, Dr. Harris revealed that 1,861 cheques will be issued under the Sugar Workers’ Restoration Fund programme. That amount, according to Prime Minister Harris, is almost twice as much as the number of persons paid in 2005.

Meanwhile, the Freedom of Information Bill is expected to be debated in Tuesday’s Assembly Sitting. Issues surrounding the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme and the recently signed FATCA Agreement will also be discussed.

Dr. Harris also used the press conference to update the nation on the changes made within the Ministry of Education where school principals are concerned, his government’s request for assistance from the FBI, his government’s observance of National Heroes Day with a ceremony in St. Paul’s, support from the Taiwanese Government for the extension of services by British Law Enforcement experts, the planned payout of Bank of Commerce shareholders and the National Awards that will be presented to nine honourees next week.

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