Holiday discusses Central Bank, education and culture in St. Kitts

POSTED: 06/22/12 2:03 PM

Governor drs Eugene B. Holiday poses with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner in the latter’s office on Thursday. Holiday called on Venner as part of an official visit to St. Kitts that lasted from June 20 to June 21. (KABGSXM photo)

Harbour View/Basseterre – Governor drs Eugene B. Holiday paid an official visit to St. Kitts from June 20 to June 21, 2012. The visit was the governor’s first official visit to a neighboring country in the Eastern Caribbean and was aimed at strengthening relations in the region.
The governor started his official program on June 21 with a courtesy visit to Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. The governor also met Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, National Security, Labor, Immigration and Social Security Sam Condor and exchanged views on among others the structure of the safety and security systems of both countries. In addition they discussed regional cooperation as well as the challenges associated with migration.
Holiday also met with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner and discussed the structure of the Central Banks and the single currency systems in the respective monetary unions. Furthermore, they discussed economic developments and spoke about the promotion of savings, the exchange system as well as the balance between monetary and fiscal policy.
Holiday subsequently received an outline of the policy plans in the field of primary and secondary education by officials of the Ministry of Education and Information. The formal meeting was followed by a visit to Irish Town Primary School where the governor got a bird’s eye view of the various programs that are run at the school. The director of the St. Christopher National Trust and the National Museum then gave the governor a guided tour of the facilities. The organization’s mission is to preserve and promote the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the island of St. Christopher (St. Kitts). Holiday also visited the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in the company of officials of the Ministry of Health, Social Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs. The official visit ended with the governor attending the official passing out ceremony of the Graduates of the St. Kitts – Nevis Defence Force at Camp Springfield.
Education and culture formed an important part of the visit as Holiday has an interest in developments in education and heritage preservation.

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