BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, January 5, 2019 (PLP PR Media Inc.) -- St. Kitts and Nevis has done extremely well by all international indicators and Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, has said that Prime Minister’s Gala which will be held today evening (Saturday January 5) at the St. Kitts Marriott’s Ballroom is a celebration of hope as the country looks back in gratitude.
Dr Harris makes the remarks yesterday Friday afternoon (January 4) at a press conference held at the VIP Lounge of the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport to welcome international reggae singer and instrumentalist Mr Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan of Morgan Heritage who will be the surprise guest performer at the Prime Minister’s Gala.
“You are among a group very fine people, the best of St. Kitts and Nevis, and so we welcome you to be part of that family and the celebrations that we are having,” Prime Minister Harris told Mr Gramps Morgan. “It is a celebration of hope. We look back with gratitude for year in which St. Kitts and Nevis has done extremely well by all international indicators.”
According to Prime Minister Harris, who is also the Minister of Finance, St. Kitts and Nevis has had growth for some four years in a row, and that it is looking to a fifth year of economic growth, adding that the country’s finances are perhaps at the best they have ever been. He also mentioned the fact that St. Kitts and Nevis has been unique in the region, being the only government to have been able to pay a double salary for three years in a row.
“There are many wonderful things,” the Prime Minister added. “Last month our Inland Revenue Department achieved a landmark collection in terms of its revenues when it reached a high of over a quarter a billion dollars, the largest collection in its history. As an entity I believe that that is a good indication of the administrative efficiency at the Department, but most importantly is a reflection of a growing economy - a growing economy produces more tax revenues and we are seeing the results of that.”
Mr Gramps Morgan had arrived from a tour of Kenya in East Africa and was accompanied by his fiancée Dr Annabelle Manalo and his daughter Ms Meshelemiah Morgan. They were joined at the press conference by his manager Mr Ryan ‘Tango’ Prendergast who was already in the country ahead of the tour and performance.
With Prime Minister Harris at the airport press conference that was attended by members of the Federation’s media was Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett. Others were chairman of the Prime Minister’s Gala’s organising committee Mr Alexis Nisbett, and its members Ms Shirley Julius, Mrs Jovil Rogers, and Mrs Jacqueline Liddie.
“We have tomorrow one of our most eminent of the legal luminaries in Sir Dennis Byron who would be the featured speaker,” advised Prime Minister Harris. “Sir Dennis has served not only St. Kitts and Nevis and the legal fraternity here at home but regionally as the Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court. Beyond that he has been the President of the CARICOM Court of Justice, and beyond that he has served internationally at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other panels dealing with law.”
Prime Minister Harris advised that Sir Dennis Byron is perhaps the Federation’s most celebrated son of the soil with regards to his own legal prowess and service to the world at large. The Prime Minister’s Gala, Dr Harris noted, was already oversubscribed and added: “We anticipate that those who come would be looking forward with much delightful expectation to a wonderful performance from Morgan.”
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