St Kitts and Nevis opposition leader Douglas congratulates Skerritt

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Photo of Richard “Ricky” Skerritt and Denzil L. Douglas in discussion


Basseterre, St Kitts, March 24, 2019 – Leader of the Opposition in St Kitts and Nevis, Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas has expressed congratulations and support to his former Cabinet colleague, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt on his election as president of West Indies Cricket.
“On behalf of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and Parliamentary Opposition of St Kitts and Nevis, I express congratulations, our support and best wishes to Your Excellency Richard “Ricky” Skerritt on your election to the Presidency of West Indies Cricket this Sunday afternoon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
There’s no doubt in my mind that with this landslide victory your mandate to pursue meaningful change and further development of West Indies Cricket is strong,” said Douglas.
The four-term former prime minister said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with you in the St Kitts and Nevis Federal Cabinet of Ministers as it’s Chairman and Prime Minister from 2004 to 2015. During that period you took on ministerial portfolio responsibilities for many ministries, departments and subject matters inclusive of a lead role in the transitioning of the national economy of St Kitts and Nevis from sugar agriculture to a services economy led by tourism and hospitality services,” said Douglas.
He told Skerritt that his “progressive ideas and the efficiency of implementation supported by your dedication and hard work will no doubt propel you in the revolution of West Indies Cricket which is urgently needed.”
“We will continue to hold you and your family in our prayers as you take on this challenge to make West Indies Cricket great again and recapture the pride and dignity of the West Indies people at home and in the diaspora,” said Douglas.
Skerritt, 62, defeated the incumbent president Dave Cameron 8-4 at the presidential election on Sunday on his own soil at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.
Cameron was seeking a fourth term in office after serving three two terms.
Skerritt first served as Minister of State for Tourism, Sports & Culture from November 2004.
He was then appointed Minister of Tourism & International Transport following the 2010 elections. In February 2013, International Trade, Industry, Commerce& Consumer Affairs were added to his responsibilities.
Skerritt has significant experience in private enterprise, economic development, community service and professional sports. Over the years, he has spearheaded St. Kitts’ impressive growth in air service and pioneered the island’s cruise sector which has been developed into a leading economic driver.
Skerritt is a former Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), where he initiated significant reforms. He was the Caribbean’s longest-serving Minister of Tourism.

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