St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew delivered the keynote address at the Business and Professional Women- North America and The Caribbean Regional Conference Gala on Saturday evening in St Kitts and Nevis.
PM Terrance Drew expressed pleasure in addressing the conference and cited that it was a pleasure to give remarks at the Business and Professional Women- North America and The Caribbean Regional Conference Gala this evening. The conference was held under the theme “BPW MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER – STRONGER”.
“This is the first time in the organization’s almost 100 year history that such an event is held in the Eastern Caribbean, and I am grateful that St Kitts and Nevis was chosen to host this event, “said the prime minister.
PM Terrance Drew noted that he admired and applauded the efforts of the Business and Professional Women organization for the progress made over the years to promote women’s business, professional, and leadership potential on all levels through advocacy, education, mentoring, networking, capacity building, and economic empowerment programs and projects across the globe.
He asserted that members like our very own Dawne Williams, who is the lead for the region, are testimony to the efficacy and prestige of their organization.
The theme BPW Moving Forward Together – Stronger suggests improvement, advancement, and progress. Women in business bring diversity which fosters creativity and innovation. Women excel at the soft skills needed for business leaders, and you do this effortlessly. Therefore it is critical to have more women involved in the decision-making process, not just on the corporate level but also in Government.
He added, “I regard myself as an advocate for gender parity, and so I feel specifically honoured to be associated with this organization and what it represents. St Kitts and Nevis now proudly boast of having a parliament that is 47% women and exemplification of what it means to have a commitment to gender equity. This is a move that I am very proud of.”
PM Terrance Drew said that they are a progressive and innovative Administration. Their Government’s commitment towards gender parity can also be seen in their appointments to boards of Government Entities and throughout the Civil Service, where women have been given equal opportunity to serve in the highest advisory and technical positions. This is important as the advancement of women is the advancement of all of them.