Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Prime Ministerial Reflections

SALISES announces  'Prime Ministerial Reflections Fifty  Fifty', a major component of the 50/50 Project where sections of each of Jamaica’s living former Prime Ministers will present their views on the period since independence as well as their vision of the decades ahead, taking into account constraints and opportunities derived from Jamaica’s modern history and location in the regional hemispheric and international community.

The series shall take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and starts with Former Prime Minister the Most Honourable Edward Seaga on April 14 at 5:00  p.m.,  followed by former Prime Minister the Most Honourable PJ Patterson on May 12 at 5:00  p.m., with former Prime Minister the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller  concluding the series at a date to be determined in June.

The Chairman of the SALISES 50/50 Governance Committee, Professor Trevor Munroe, regards the series as  an important contribution to civic education and to building public awareness on issues vital to Jamaica’s development.  Special invitations have therefore been issued to youth and students’ organizations, as well as the principals of major high schools and teacher training institutions to ensure full attendance from their respective organizations.

Each former Prime Minister is invited to speak for 1 hour within a common framework.  A panel of UWI graduate students shall open the questions after each presentation and thereafter the public shall have the opportunity of an hour of questions to and answers from each former Prime Minister.

SALISES director, Prof. Brian Meeks, notes that this important Prime  Ministerial Reflections on 50/50 follows the highly successful 12 th Annual Conference of SALISES, themed: “Challenges of the Independence Experience in Small Developing Countries.”


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