Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has invited the citizenry of the country to bring their concerns to the newly-launched National Vision Commission.
Speaking at the launch of the commission Monday evening, Dr. Anthony recognised there will be skepticism among the populace about the mission of the commission, adding that “We must have realistic expectations about this challenge we are taking up. But I think as Saint Lucians we are up to that challenge, and so I am asking everyone … to bring your skepticism with you to the discussion table.”
Anthony said the public should apprise the commission of the way in which they would like to see the country progress. He said he would like people to see the establishment of the Vision Commission as the drafting of a collective approach to our problems and solutions.
“We must be mindful also that whatever we imagine Saint Lucia can become, it will not come about without vision, without planning, without conscious choice and sacrifice. If we want a different future, we ourselves will need to change. We cannot expect others to do for us what we will not do for ourselves. Under all our desire to shape the future, is a need to change ourselves,” he stated.
The commission will explore ideas and implement strategies for advancing the education sector, guide the country’s investment and policies and shape priorities in health and human services, among other duties.
However, Anthony has urged his people that they should not “wait to be called,” rather they should invite the commission to community meetings. “Have your voices heard … if something needs fixing, then it is us who must also fix it.”