17 Sep PNP OPENS 79TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE WITH REGIONAL FOCUS
Kingston, Jamaica, September 14, 2017: The People’s National Party’s 79th Annual Conference opened at the National Arena amidst pomp and pageantry and declarations of commitment to Jamaica under the theme ‘The People’s Interest: Our Passion, Our Purpose’.
The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and Ashe Performing Arts Ensemble took the audience, who had braved the heavy downpour to attend the event, through a dazzling and powerful exhibition of music and dance.
In opening the 79th Annual Conference, Party President Dr. Peter Phillips told the gathering that the mission of nation building requires not only political action, but also a vibrant and patriotic commitment to the building of a Jamaican national identity. He said, the Party will return its focus to the task of building the national identity, the national spirit and consciousness.
The presence of Mia Mottley highlights the PNP’s tradition of regionalization – something which she would speak strongly to in her presentation.
Dr. Phillips said the recent disaster caused by hurricane Irma has highlighted the challenges of an increasing complex world. “It requires a deepening of regional unity. Our vision of the Caribbean must include French, Dutch, and Spanish speaking neighbours,” he said.
The PNP president used the opportunity to lobby on behalf of Jamaicans stranded in the storm affected countries. “I am taking this opportunity to urge the Jamaican government to act immediately to bring home the Jamaicans who are stranded in the disaster-stricken countries. Many of them are facing a terrible plight and just simply want to come home,” he said.
The conference covers four days with the Friday and Saturday being designated for private sessions where discussions will be held on pressing national issues such as crime, education, employment and housing.