Hon. Joseph Parry Leader of The Nevis Reform Party

Also want Nevisians to benefit from CSME movement

By Staff Writer

Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), Joseph Parry wants more jobs for young people.

Mr. Parry is seeking to develop higher education so that the Federation’s work force can gain meaningful jobs at home and throughout the Caribbean region. The former Premier said as regional economics grow, nationals from places like Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica will benefit because they have higher certification that employers want.

Parry was speaking at his party’s Aug. 14 National Convention. He appeared in campaign mode as he pushed NRP’s agenda and the need for the government to promote the development of tertiary education.

He said, “We want to ensure that every child who is born on Nevis gets university education, college education, technical education, commercial education or some form of education.”

Parry noted that as more CARICOM Nationals become certified, the job market will become more appealing for them. This means they will not necessarily remain in their own countries to work under the CSME skills program.

Recent data indicates that citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis lag behind in freedom of movement with the number of people applying for skilled certificates remaining among the lowest in the region.

The Federation is one of the major hunting grounds for CARICOM nationals seeking higher paying jobs. Parry in explaining his rationale, asserted that if 1500 jobs were to be opened up in the hotel sector,  a large portion of that employment will go to the foreign nationals because they have the requisite certification.

“Vance Amory can run all over the place talking about how he is fighting to keep people from using work permits – he cannot keep them out, They have the free movement, and people have certification. You will soon find that 1,400 of those jobs are given to people who are certified, and maybe people from St. Kitts and Nevis get 100,” he added.

He described the CCM-led Nevis administration as “short sighted and blind” when it comes to tertiary level education. He also pointed out that his party wants the people to be certified and they would not necessarily have to remain on the island.

“Somebody may want to go to St. Lucia to live, but he is not certified. Somebody from Nevis may want to go to Guyana and live – he is not certified, the people must be able to move around  but they must have their piece of paper,” said Parry.