The Caribbean in the 21st Century:

Engineering A Brighter Future

                                 
               

Keynote Speaker:

The Honourable

Prime Minister Denzil Douglas


Dr. the Honorable Denzil Douglas was born in the north island village of St. Pauls in January 1953. He obtained Bachelor of Science degree in 1977, and then obtained a medical degree in 1984. He was the first Young Labor Representative on the St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party National Executive. In 1986, he established a private medical practice as a family physician. In the late 1980s he served as the President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Medical Association. In 1987, Dr. Douglas was elected the Deputy Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Part. In 1989, he was elected both Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher 6 (Newton Ground/ Harris) in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly and National Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party. He was also appointed Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the same year.

Dr. the Hon. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas was sworn in as the Second Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis immediately following the St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party impressive election victory in July 1995. Re-elected in March 2000, Dr. Douglas St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party again won a resounding third term on October 25th with 7 of the 8 seats on St. Kitts in the 11-member St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly. Dr. Douglas is also Minister of Finance, Information, Technology and Sustainable Development, Tourism, Sports and Culture.

As Prime Minister, Dr. Douglas plays an active leadership role in many regional and international organizations: Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Organization of American States (OAS), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Commonwealth, United Nations, and Small States Forum of the World Bank. Dr. Douglas has made history by being the first Caribbean Leader to receive the Ghandi- King-Ikeda Peace Award and was also honored as an outstanding graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is the recipient of a Legacy Award from the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies in New York. The Republic of China on Taiwan and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela recently decorated Prime Minister Douglas with the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon and the Order of the Liberator (First Class), respectively. A Florida State senator and a Miami Commissioner have honored Dr. Douglas for his outstanding leadership not only in St. Kitts and Nevis, but also regionally and internationally and has been recognized Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City for his many contributions in the field of HIV/AIDS. Former United States Presidents, the Hon. George Bush, the Hon. Bill Clinton praised Prime Minister Douglas for his leadership role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In November 2005, Prime Minister Douglas was presented with a plaque by prominent United States Congressman, the Hon. Charles Rangel for distinguished and unblemished record of service to humanity and for his leadership and tireless, progressive contributions to his country and to the entire Caribbean Community. The United States Congressional Black Caucus also presented a plaque to Dr. Douglas. He is the Prime Ministerial spokesman on HIV/AIDS and other health related matters in the CARICOM quasi Cabinet.