BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – CAN YOU imagine the positive impact that would be felt by our youth and within the Federation with the creation of a world-class SKN Enterprise Zone? Where programs such as the Fresh Start were combined with a business incubator — where business management, marketing, accounting, and product/service development skills were taught?
Imagine how empowered our youth would feel possessing the skills of self determination, where greater access to opportunity became a reality based on access to experienced mentors and business development resources. What impact would this have on our families? Our communities? Our economy?
Would this government sponsored program provide positive outlets for our enterprising young men and women, that would in time, curb crime?
What is an Enterprise Zone, and how would this help our Federation? An enterprise zone is a well-defined area or space (building complex) in which certain governmental rules and regulations are set aside so as to intensify economic activity within the zone's borders. It is generally hoped that through the relaxation of government strictures—most often in the form of tax breaks—the enterprise zone will attract entrepreneurs, business starts, and new investment — this empowerment zone or space is where creativity and innovation can be sparked, nurtured, and added back to the greater economy.
The greatest benefit will be job creation, and giving entrepreneurs young and old, the best chance of achieving their dreams and ambitions.
The adage ‘give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime’ applies here. A government that empowers it’s citizens elevates the entire nation, as opposed to governments that dole out favours and handouts, in order to develop co-dependencies.
Empowerment and Enterprise zones are a hallmark of progressive, modern nations. The goal of inspiring, teaching, and supporting 500 new business starts within our Federation, is certainly a doable initiative and core to our Nation Building aims.