Prime Minister Harris Awarded Renowned Gusi Peace Prize
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.