Structure and foundation principles approved for Constituency Empowerment Secretariat

The Minister of Constituency Empowerment, The Hon. Dr Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, AUGUST 12TH 2010 (CUOPM) – The Denzil Douglas Labour Cabinet has approved the structure and foundation principles of the Constituency Empowerment Secretariat.

The unit will be headed by a Director and its vision shall be to help “create a dynamic socio-economic environment that provides ever-improving experiences and equal opportunities for all citizens to achieve a more peaceful and more acceptable standard of living, an enhanced quality of life, and the right to engage fully in the overall development of the country.”

The implementation of the plans for the Secretariat will unfold over time and will use existing human and other resource allocations within the government.

At the Swearing in of the Fourth Labour cabinet, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas announced a new policy to institutionalise participatory governance through the creation of a Constituency Empowerment Secretariat.

The objective is to provide a mechanism where members of the various communities organised into electoral districts can become more involved in decision-making and information sharing to more directly impact their own lives and the life of their community.

Efforts of this kind are seem in Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica, although the scale will of necessity vary.

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