Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion re­sumes Public Di­a­logue

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Fol­low­ing a highly en­gag­ing public di­a­logue with the Media, the Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion will em­bark on an in­tense sched­ule of public di­a­logues, brief­ings and con­sul­ta­tions with pro­duc­tive sec­tors, in­ter­est groups and com­mu­ni­ties across the is­land.

This new round of public en­gage­ment kicks off with a di­a­logue with the busi­ness com­mu­nity on Tues­day Septem­ber 22nd. The meet­ing with the busi­ness com­mu­nity will be held at the Gar­de­nia Meet­ing Room Mau­rice Ma­son Av­enue, Sans Souci from 10:00 a.m. The Com­mis­sion is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Com­monly re­ferred to as ‘the en­gine of growth’, the busi­ness com­mu­nity is crit­i­cal to the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

On Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 23rd, the Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion will hold the first of three Youth Di­a­logues when it meets with youth in the north of the is­land at the Gros Islet Sec­ondary School from 6:00 p.m. The Com­mis­sion will meet with youth in the south of the is­land on Sun­day Septem­ber 27th at the SALCC South­ern Ex­ten­sion from 10:00 a.m. The third di­a­logue for youth in west coast com­mu­ni­ties will be held on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 30th in Soufriere.

The Vi­sion Com­mis­sion rec­og­nizes that young per­sons com­prise the ma­jor­ity of our pop­u­la­tion and feels strongly that their voices are in­dis­pens­able in the ar­tic­u­la­tion of a Na­tional Vi­sion. The Com­mis­sion fur­ther rec­og­nizes that it is our young per­sons who will ul­ti­mately give life to any vi­sion of the fu­ture. At the up­com­ing di­a­logues, the Com­mis­sion wants to lis­ten to the views and per­spec­tives of the youth on key is­sues re­gard­ing the fu­ture Saint Lu­cia they would like to help cre­ate.

On Satur­day Septem­ber 26th, the Na­tional Vi­sion Com­mis­sion will meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of po­lit­i­cal par­ties on the is­land. Though the vi­sion­ing process tran­scends par­ti­san pol­i­tics, the Com­mis­sion rec­og­nizes that strong po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment is re­quired for the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of any Na­tional Vi­sion and Na­tional Strat­egy which emerges from the con­sul­ta­tive process.

The sched­ule of Na­tional Di­a­logue will run through late Novem­ber. Over the next ten weeks, the Vi­sion Com­mis­sion will meet and di­a­logue with all key sec­tors and groups in­clud­ing trade unions, com­mu­nity el­ders, civil so­ci­ety groups, faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tions, and pro­duc­tive sec­tors such as tourism and agri­cul­ture, along with other key sec­tors like ed­u­ca­tion, plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture, arts and cul­ture, health and hu­man re­sources.

The Vi­sion Com­mis­sion is man­dated to mount a Na­tional Di­a­logue as a vi­tal pre­cur­sor to the ar­tic­u­la­tion of a Na­tional Vi­sion and Na­tional Strat­egy for Saint Lu­cia.

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