LONDON, England, January 17, 2023 - The Federation's Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on Monday participated in the launch of the first-ever All-PartyParliamentary Group dedicated to St. Kitts-Nevis in London.
Dr Douglas, who is in London on a working visit, was at the House of Commons where the launch took place.
He thanked the cross-party Members of Parliament for their commitment to work with St. Kitts and Nevis to build greater awareness among MPs and across Parliament; as well as to sensitise Parliament to the priorities of the twin-island Federation.
"We believe that this is an important opportunity for St. Kitts and Nevis to create a meaningful and a more pragmatic partnership with the United Kingdom," said Dr. Douglas.
The former prime minister also visited the House of Lords and the House of Commons, where he listened to a debate to familiarise himself with the work of the current Parliament.
"This year marks 40 years of independence for St. Kitts and Nevis, and although many had questioned the viability of small states, St. Kitts and Nevis remains a striking example that small is not synonymous with dependency and mendicancy; we are, however, open to forging new partnerships that allow us to realise our sustainable development ambitions," Dr. Douglas said.
Given the decision of government to prioritise sports as an integral tool for development, Dr. Douglas also held a meeting with the Leader of the Birmingham City Council, which played a critical role in the recent Commonwealth Games, to explore how that city and its legacy programmes for sports, can be used to assist the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in the development of local Sports Academies, promote training, mentorships, and access academic scholarships.
In his capacity as Minister with responsibility for investment, Dr Douglas also met with potential investors keen to better understand the opportunities for investment in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Dr. Douglas was accompanied by St. Kitts and Nevis' High Commissioner in London. His Excellency Kevin Isaac.
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