Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 17, 2015 (SKNIS): Dr. Everson Hull, newly appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), has indicated that he aspires to achieve much during his tenure.
Dr. Hull noted that His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of OAS, recognizing his wealth of experience in a number of areas including increasing productivity, saw that he can lend assistance to the OAS. He stated in fact that his depth of experience in economics is one of the reasons why the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, offered him the position.
“So one of the key things that I am interested in is working with my CARICOM peers in terms of promoting some of these ideas,” said Dr. Hull. “It’s a little late in the game to restructure the OAS because that process has been ongoing for quite some time but the new Secretary General has issued a directive for reorganizing the OAS to achieve additional gains and productivity.”
Therefore, the ambassador stated that every opportunity that presents itself, he will seize the opportunity for addressing these issues with several of his peers including the Mexican Ambassador who has embraced the issue along with several of his CARICOM peers. He said that he has done a presentation before on the OAS Staff Association, laying out some of these ideas, commenting on how they can be applied to a public sector setting.
“You’ve got to recognize the individual worth or the individual contribution of each individual and afford them commendatory awards,” said Dr. Hull, noting that this is a way that will raise the overall productivity of the organization to achieve the goals that have been established. That is one of my big areas of emphasis.”
The ambassador added that he would also provide great assistance to the OAS through his knowledge of Washington where he operated a taxi cab, received schooling, worked at the Congressional Research Service and worked in a number of key positions, including serving as a presidential appointee.
“I know Washington and Capitol Hill very well so once the Tax Heaven List was issued and in fact had to be approved by the House and Appropriations Committee, it is very natural for me to identify a number of key persons on Capitol Hill who I thought ‘they must get this message too’,” Dr. Hull stated. “Fortunately that was done and we’ve had a measure of success in getting the DC City Council to retrench from that hard-line position that they took and three weeks ago we learned that they had actually backed off from that position.”