BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 09, 2020 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris is of the strong belief that with the exceptional cadre of young persons in the Federation – who possess the talents, skills and entrepreneurial spirit necessary for nation building – the future for St. Kitts and Nevis is definitely a bright one.
One such person whom the honourable prime minister referred to was 26-year old businessman, Mr. Mark Pennyfeather, a mechanical engineer by training. Mr. Pennyfeather will be the guest speaker at the annual Prime Minister’s Independence Lecture Series this evening (Wednesday, September 09) at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel.
“Mr. Pennyfeather is amongst a cadre of young persons whose discipline, entrepreneurial zeal, patriotism, ideas and philosophy of life are the stuff on which nations excel. That is why my administration has established a Ministry of Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Talent Development with ICT a subject with the Ministry,” Prime Minister Harris said on the Tuesday, September 08 edition of Leadership Matters.
The new Ministry will coordinate the government’s response to an enhanced role for young persons in nation building.
The prime minister added, “As we build out our new Ministry of Entertainment et al, we will unveil our national policy to provide the necessary facilitating environment in which ideas emerge, talent shines, mentors volunteer and venture capital and other support are available to new, young entrepreneurs.”
Prime Minister Harris highlighted the contributions of several other young outstanding citizens, who have put their talents and skills to work, and whose work continues to inspire other young persons. Among those recognized were Ms. Michelle “Sweet Sister Sensia” Stokes and Ms. Desi Browne as two top female entertainers in the country; Mr. Jonathan Brown, an outstanding photographer; Mr. Amali Armony, events promoter; Mr. Alexis St. Juste, a reputable video/audio production specialist and Mr. Azem Bailey, a top sound engineer and musician.
“Our country has many talented people. We cannot afford to lose them as we continue to build our nation, making it the Garden of Eden. We want our young people everywhere to shine the light and in so doing elevate their lives and the lives of others here in St. Kitts and Nevis. My hope is that more of our young people will add something of value to our beautiful country by the effective way in which they utilize their talents – in music and entertainment, visual arts, craft, photography, choreography, literary arts, science, technology, engineering and math, fisheries and agriculture, etc.,” the honourable prime minister added.
Prime Minister Harris pledged that over the next 5 years, his Team Unity administration will do all that’s necessary to facilitate and help young people realise their full potential, but stated that “ultimately our young people must take the leap of faith in themselves – their ideas, their dreams, their country and their God.”