Posted On: Thursday, 09 August 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts (August 9th 2012) – A release from the Federal Government in Basseterre, has indicated that St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas is due to leave the country on Friday 10th August, 2012, to attend the Inaugural Session of the OECS Assembly in St. John’s, Antigua later in the afternoon.
Douglas is joining counterparts from Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Other members of the St. Kitts and Nevis Government team are Marcella Liburd and Dr. Timothy Harris.
Other officials attending with the Prime Minister are Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Patrice Nisbett, Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Curtis Martin, President of the Nevis Island Assembly, Christine Springette, OECS Commissioner and Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Astona Browne, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elvis Newton; former Speaker, Ambassador Mr. Walford Gumbs; Honorary Consul for St. Kitts and Nevis in Antigua, Mr. Wilbur Harrigan; Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Erasmus Williams; Press Secretary to the Premier of Nevis, Ms. Deli Caines and Mr. Charles Jong of the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM).
The Ceremony begins at 4:15 p.m. with the arrival on the Parade Square of the Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Host Prime Minister, Dr. Baldwin Spencer.
Following the breaking of the OECS with a fanfare, Prime Ministers Gonsalves and Spencer will inspect a Guard of honour comprising members of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force.
Escorted by the Clerk of the OECS Assembly, Mr. Kurt Thomas, the Invocation will be said by Rev. Canon Bernard Hodge.
The Rules of Procedures of the OECS Assembly will be adopted followed by the election of a Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Statements will be made by Host Prime Minister, Dr. Baldwin Spencer; OECS Chairman, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves; Premier Reuben Meade of Montserrat, on behalf of Non-Independent Members and , Mark Brantley on behalf of Leaders of the Opposition.
A reception follows after an official photo.