Prime Minister Drew proud of “active National Assembly”

Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew has lauded the achievements of the National Assembly during the current Parliamentary term.

In the 19 months since its first sitting on 25th October, 2022, the National Assembly has convened 19 sessions and enacted a total 41 new laws. During the same period, 53 new Bills have been tabled.

These laws have been wide ranging and have addressed issues including domestic violence, small business support, aviation regulations, and public health measures.

Prime Minister Drew expressed his delight that the National Assembly is working overtime for the benefit of the citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“We promised during the 2022 election campaign that there would be a good governance transformation in our Federation. Creating and passing important modern laws is a fundamental aspect of good governance. I am particularly proud that we now have the strongest anti-corruption and accountability laws in the region, and that we now have modern regulatory laws to govern the safe operations of Medical Laboratories, Radiation Devices, and food suppliers, with the Consumer Protection Act,” he said.

The more significant Acts that have been passed include the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act, which strengthened protections for victims of domestic violence; the Rastafari Rights Recognition Act, which recognises and solidifies the rights of the Rastafarian community; and the National Productivity Council Act, which seeks to promote higher productivity throughout the workforce.

At the heart of these legislative efforts is the government’s goal of transforming the federation into a Sustainable Island State. As a small island nation, St. Kitts and Nevis faces the potential of more frequent devastating disasters due to climate change. Modernising laws ensures the federation can adapt to the impacts of climate change and build resilience against future shocks.

“By updating legislation related to small businesses, investment promotion, banking, and the Orange Economy, St. Kitts and Nevis aims to diversify its economy. These laws encourage entrepreneurship, attract foreign investment, and create a more sustainable economic base. The Acts related to public health, smoking, and animal health recognise the importance of safeguarding the environment and citizens’ well-being,” said Dr Drew.

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