BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — A delegation from Telesur, led by President Ms. Patricia Villegas, accompanied by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela , Raul Li Causi visited the Federation and held talks with the Prime Minister, Dr. the. Hon. Timothy Harris. Telesur is a Venezuelan and Ecuadorian-based, multi-state funded, Latin American television and multimedia network.
Discussions cantered around Telesur’s interest in expanding its reach in the Eastern Caribbean market. They suggested their channel be included in television packages offered in the Federation.
They highlighted Telesur’s inclusion in St. Kitts and Nevis would assist regional integration to inform citizens and residents about Latin America activities, At the same time it will provide an opportunity for Latin American viewers to learn more about St. Kitts and Nevis. It was stressed that Telesur can be used as an excellent platform to promote culture, tourism and exchange of information across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Villegas emphasized that Telesur, which commenced operations 13 years ago, was originally a Spanish-speaking television network. She noted the imbalance in news reported by traditional international media networks motivated Telesur to launch an English network late in 2018.
Li Causi said the timing of the launch was influenced by international media’s inadequate reporting of the extent of the damaged suffered by many Caribbean islands during the 2018 hurricane season. He supported the position of the Telasur delegation.
While thanking the delegation for the visit, Dr. Harris remarked that Telesur can make a difference in the lives of the people of the Americas, particularly in facilitating the integration of the people of the region.
“It was the vision of the late President Chavez, that the Americas be treated as a single entity with our people, Dr. Harris said. They should be able to interact with one another to improve their relationships and knowledge about each other and build a strong Americas.
“We believe Telesur is part of that vision of a united region,” Dr. Harris said. “It can help transfer information to Spanish and English speaking people of the region so that the lack of knowledge about each other can be dealt with in a very constructive way.”
Dr. Harris emphasized, “knowledge is critical to our people’s development and so we welcome Telesur and its interest in St. Kitts and Nevis.” He encouraged the officials to introduce educational programmes to their platform so that the Spanish speaking population in the Federation can benefit from opportunities to improve their English.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Huggins; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Andrew Skerritt; and Foreign Service Officer, Mrs. Sonia Boddie-Thompson.
The visiting delegation was also accompanied by Head of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Charge d’Affaires, Jose Olavarria; and Head of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. St. Kitts-Nevis Limited; Ms. Maria Andreina Colmenares.
The visiting delegation also conducted meetings with representatives from FLOW and The Cable, during their one day visit to the Federation.