Prime Min­is­ter Harris Awarded Renowned Gusi Peace Prize

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

St. Kitts and Ne­vis’ Prime Min­is­ter, Dr. the Hon­ourable Ti­mothy Harris, ac­cepted the Gusi Peace Prize award in Manila, Philip­pines, ear­lier this week. The Awards Com­mit­tee of Gusi Peace Prize In­ter­na­tional be­stows Asia’s, fore­most ac­co­lade to politi­cians and other lead­ers from around the world who ex­cel in their re­spec­tive fields while en­sur­ing the up­lift­ment of hu­man dig­nity.

For­mer Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­galAr­royo signed Pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion No. 1476, man­dat­ing the Gusi Peace Prize and declar­ing ev­ery fourth Wed­nes­day of Novem­ber as the Gusi Peace Prize In­ter­na­tional Friend­ship Day.

Prime Min­is­ter Harris, in his ac­cep­tance let­ter to the Awards Com­mit­tee, wrote, “I humbly ac­cept this pres­ti­gious award and ded­i­cate it to the won­der­ful peo­ple of St. Kitts and Ne­vis, who elected me and gave me the op­por­tu­nity some 21 months ago to serve them as their Prime Min­is­ter.

“The Gusi Peace Prize em­bod­ies a pow­er­ful edict for peace, as it cham­pi­ons the hopes and dreams and hu­man dig­nity of not only its hum­bled re­cip­i­ents, but also the hud­dled masses for whose hopes and dreams and hu­man dig­nity we strive to ad­vance in the name of jus­tice and equal­ity through academe, cin­e­matic ex­cel­lence, eco­nom­ics, jour­nal­ism, phi­lan­thropy, pol­i­tics, poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, re­li­gion, sci­en­tific re­search and dis­cov­ery, states­man­ship and other im­por­tant en­deav­ours.

“On Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 16th, 2015, I led the three­party Team Unity coali­tion to a re­sound­ing vic­tory at the polls and, two days later, I was sworn in as St. Kitts and Ne­vis’ third Prime Min­is­ter.

“This was the cul­mi­na­tion of a hard fought, his­toric elec­tion cam­paign that, for me, rep­re­sented a pact with the peo­ple to re­build our demo­cratic in­fra­struc­ture and pro­mote pros­per­ity in the country, as well as trust in gov­ern­ment through trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity.

“My Team Unity Gov­ern­ment’s Pros­per­ity Agenda has at its core a peo­ple-cen­tred ap­proach that pro­motes peo­ple-ori­ented poli­cies, such as the quick re­moval of a highly pro­hib­i­tive and re­stric­tive 17 per­cent value added tax (VAT) on food, medicines, ed­u­ca­tional sup­plies and fu­neral ex­penses that had been im­posed by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“There is a lot more to be ac­com­plished on be­half of the peo­ple, and I will press on in pur­suit of fur­ther em­pow­er­ing them and liv­ing up to the ideals that the Gusi Peace Prize es­pouses. “I thank you.”

St Kitts and Ne­vis Prime Min­is­ter Dr Ti­mothy Harris (sec­ond from left) ac­cepted the Gusi Peace Prize award on Wed­nes­day given by the Gusi Peace Prize Foun­da­tion, based in Manila, Philip­pines.

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