Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion holds first Public Dia­logue

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion will this Sun­day hold its first Public Dia­logue. The Com­mis­sion will en­gage the me­dia at the Palmville Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Coco Palm on Sun­day March 22 from 3:00 p.m.

The Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion was es­tab­lished by a Cabi­net Mem­o­ran­dum with a man­date to mount a Na­tional Dia­logue that en­gages a broad spec­trum of Saint Lu­cian so­ci­ety; the ar­tic­u­la­tion of a Na­tional Vi­sion – an ex­pres­sion of a fu­ture Saint Lu­cia which em­braces in­di­vid­ual, com­mu­nity and col­lec­tive as­pi­ra­tions; and the for­mu­la­tion of a Na­tional Strat­egy – a frame­work of strate­gic ini­tia­tives of high­est pri­or­ity in­tended to bring about the Na­tional Vi­sion.

Through a process of dia­logue and con­sul­ta­tion the Com­mis­sion is ex­pected to come up with a peo­ple­cen­tred devel­op­ment strat­egy which re­flects the as­pi­ra­tions of all St. Lu­cians for them­selves and their coun­try.

Rec­og­niz­ing the crit­i­cal role of the me­dia in fa­cil­i­tat­ing dis­cus­sion, dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion and shap­ing opin­ions, the Com­mis­sion has made the me­dia its first ‘point of con­tact’ in can­vass­ing the views and opin­ions of cit­i­zens on the St. Lu­cia they en­vi­sion.

Me­dia man­agers and prac­ti­tion­ers have been in­vited to meet the Com­mis­sion this Sun­day March 22 to share their views and per­spec­tives on the vi­sion­ing process and the St. Lu­cia they would like to see. The Com­mis­sion hopes that this first dia­logue will mark the be­gin­ning of a strong part­ner­ship with the me­dia which will help shape the na­tional vi­sion.

Sub­se­quent di­a­logues will be held with youth, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, civil so­ci­ety, the pri­vate sec­tor, com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions, re­li­gious groups and de­nom­i­na­tions, statu­tory bod­ies, na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens.

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