Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 05, 2016 (SKNIS): Government officials, as well as heads of diplomatic missions locally and abroad joined colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Aviation, to worship at the Immanuel Methodist Church (IMC) in Sandy Point on Sunday, April 03 to celebrate the start of Diplomatic Week 2016, which is held under the theme: “Forging New Partnerships and Strengthening Networks for Sustainable Growth and Economic Development”.
Kaye Bass, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, noted that it was imperative to include a church service as a part of Diplomatic Week.
“The inclusion of a church service as the inaugural event of the week’s agenda was as equally reflective as strategic,” said the permanent secretary. “Church attendance has always been an important component of our tradition and culture. The church has shaped our values and provided a strong foundation for our lives.”
The permanent secretary reflected on the theme and said that it is already becoming a reality as the ministry has formed a new partnership with the IMC, the pastor and the congregation.
“Indeed, charity begins at home and although it is envisaged that partnerships will be forged between St. Kitts and Nevis and other states this week, we believe that it is also critical that we establish relationships with key institutions in our society, not least the church,” she said.
Ms. Bass said that activities that cater to all are planned for Diplomatic Week.
“The week is indeed packed with a number of activities aimed at reacquainting some and introducing to others the national agenda,” she stated. “It also aims to build capacity and opportunities for network.”
Scripture readings were read by Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins, St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and His Excellency Dr. Everson Hull, St. Kitts and Nevis Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.
The service was attended by a number of local and foreign diplomats including His Excellency John Pilbeam, Australia’s High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency John Akologu Tia, Ghana’s High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis and His Excellency Claes Hammar, Swedish Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).