St. Kitts and Nevis Celebrates 33rd Independence Anniversary

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Prime Minister congratulates citizens, delivers US president’s well wishes
Messages congratulating St. Kitts and Nevis on the 33rd anniversary of its independence on Sept. 19, 1983, were presented today by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris M.P, J.P., and U.S. President Barack Obama. Prime Minister Harris highlighted the achievements of Jermaine Gaskin, of New Pond Site, Basseterre, for entering the winning theme for the event; young people like Rol-j Williams, who passed his 17 CXC with distinction; sporting heroes and special Olympians who made us proud during the Olympics; and footballers on their recent FIFA standings.

Youth organizations in the ceremonial Independence Day   parade at  Warner Park
Youth organizations in the ceremonial Independence Day parade at Warner Park

“Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and
National Unity.”
“Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and
National Unity.”
Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and
National Unity.”
“Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and National Unity,” was the theme suggested by Jermaine Gaskin. There were 29 entrants in the contest, with his theme chosen as the most appropriate for independence celebrations. He was recognized by being invited to all major Independence events over which the Government has control. The winning theme also has been incorporated in all official communications and events surrounding the Independence celebrations.
Gaskin was recognized by receiving formal invitations to all major Independence events sponsored by the Government. The winning theme also has been incorporated in all official communications and events surrounding the celebrations.
During his address to the Nation to observe its 33rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, congratulated citizens and residents on this auspicious occasion, while outlining that Gaskin’s “theme was chosen specifically to encapsulate how only a stable nation in unity can thrive and prosper, for the betterment of all of its citizens and residents.”
The Prime Minister congratulated Gaskin, saying the theme was chosen specifically to encapsulate how only a stable nation in unity can thrive and prosper, for the betterment of all of its citizens and residents.
“Our land has seen struggles, hardships and battles for power going over many centuries,” Dr. Harris said. “Colonial powers fought for this land because it was a prize jewel. As free men and women of St Kitts and Nevis, this is a country bequeathed to us by our forefathers and we must make it our place of choice – our prize jewel.
As an Independent nation, we have done reasonably well over the last thirty-three years of our independence journey. Our economy today is stable. We are among the best performing economies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our fiscal house is in a very good shape – better than most. While others suffer from negligible economic growth rates, ours is projected to be above average for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), the borrowing member states of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Prime Minister read US President’s message
The Prime Minister read a congratulatory message on behalf of U.S. President Barak Obama, who congratulated the people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis during their 33rd independence anniversary.
President Obama pointed out the United States enjoys a close friendship rooted in our deep respect for democratic principles and individual freedoms.
“The United States shares your commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth, and is proud to partner with you to empower youth, eradicate devastating diseases, and promote clean energy,” President Obama’s statement said. “We value your leadership in the fight against narcotics trafficking, and look forward to building on the progress that we have made through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.”
The U.S. president said, “As you gather with family and friends from Basseterre to Charlestown, the United States sends its best wishes for a joyous Independence Day and a happy, safe, and prosperous year to come.”
“Our young people are excelling, they are surpassing traditional best standards in their performances at secondary school and at sixth form,” the Prime Minister said. “We hail the new high, set by Rol-j Williams with his 17 CXC passes with distinction. More of our people are pursuing tertiary level education in the Caribbean, the Americas, Asia, the Pacific and elsewhere in the world. Given the critical role that tertiary level education can play in the development of a country, we are happy to witness such expansion in the number of participants at this level of education and training. Our aim is to ensure that by 2030 every family household will boast a graduate.”
The Prime Minister recognized sporting heroes who “made us proud at the Olympics. We are especially proud of the performance of our special Olympians in recent competitions and other Olympians that keep the flag of one of the smallest countries in the world, flying high. We commend our footballers on their recent standing in FIFA. They are number two in the Caribbean and 77th worldwide. I am advised their best ever ranking.”