Baroness Scotland pays courtesy call on Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas

Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 1, 2018 – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Leader of Opposition and former Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on Tuesday congratulated Commonwealth Secretary General, Her Excellency Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland of Asthal PC QC,  for  implementation of the Commonwealth Innovation Hub Websites.

“This is a very important development which not only brings information to the government and opposition, but also the peoples of the 53-member Commonwealth,” said Dr. Douglas during a courtesy call by the London-based official during which several issues were discussed including the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference (CHOGM).

“It brings Small Island Developing States within the Commonwealth on par with developed countries. It provides an opportunity its role in the sustainable future of the Commonwealth,” said the former prime minister who commended Baroness Scotland for her vision and innovation.

Baroness Scotland who introduced Dr. Douglas to the Commonwealth Innovation Hub Websites said it was also important that opposition parties in the Commonwealth can also work together on their own strategies parties in the Commonwealth work together.

The Hub provides the opportunity for countries to showcase what they have to offer in terms of ideas, knowledge, and expertise with the Commonwealth and the wider world.

It is available on the Commonwealth’s website under the category “Hot Topics.”

Baroness Scotland also informed Dr. Douglas and Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty that the Commonwealth Secretariat has also partnered with the Global Innovation Fund (GIF) to promote innovation that can accelerate inclusive and equitable socio-economic development across the Commonwealth.

According to the website, an understanding has been signed between the two organisations to collaborate and mobilise resources to this end.

The two entities will work together to establish the Commonwealth Innovation Fund (CIF), which proposes to use the GIF’s existing due-diligence processes for sourcing, evaluating and investing to generate a high-quality portfolio of enterprises that are aligned with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s priorities.

The GIF will manage the Fund and its investments, while the Commonwealth Secretariat and CIF donors will play an active role in the governance of the Fund.

Further, the CIF will deploy grant, equity, and debt investments to support innovators across the Commonwealth to accelerate development, testing and scaling up of evidence-based and market-tested.

Born on 19 August 1955, Baroness Scotland is a British barrister who served in ministerial positions within the UK Government, most notably as the Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland.

At the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting she was elected the 6th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations and took office on 1 April 2016. She is the first woman to hold the post. She is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Dominica.

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