The incoming Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has asserted that a well-educated and healthy workforce is at the core of the region’s thrust for growth and development.
Doctor Timothy Harris made the comments in a New Year’s day message.
The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis declared that CARICOM’s commitment to battle against the ravages caused by chronic non-communicable diseases is unrelenting.
He observed that regional health ministers have agreed on a programme called Caribbean Moves.
According to Harris, the programme seeks to create a culture of regular physical activity and healthy eating through exciting, fun and supportive programs where people live, work, study and play.
“It is a whole society approach that we must embrace to tackle this continuing threat to our greatest resource – our people,” the St. Kitts and Nevis leader noted.
He recalled that at a High-Level meeting at the United Nations, the region once again brought to the attention of the international community, the threat that chronic NCDs is posing to its sustainable development.
“Let us make 2019, the year that made the difference in combatting chronic non-communicable diseases in our Community,” Harris urged.
He acknowledged the sterling leadership of his predecessor in the position of CARICOM Chairman, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness.
“He has set a standard which, with the help of my colleague Heads of Government, the Secretariat and the regional Institutions I will strive to match,” the incoming CARICOM Chairman said.