On Thursday April 15, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) put the country on notice that it is a formidable political Party that has been organizing and recruiting and will have its Congress to institutionalize the Party on June 27th 2021.
On the eve of the 4th anniversary of its launch, the DNA held its first Virtual Public Forum which was streamed LIVE on Facebook and Twitter, pronouncing that the Forum was the beginning of a series of public engagements that will be executed by the Party over the next few months.
Caribbean son, Scientist and Educator living in the Diaspora, Mr. Dillon Patterson, the featured speaker at the Forum presented on the importance of data in guiding and formulating public health policy.
In his presentation, Mr. Patterson underscored the importance for the public to ask questions highlighting that “data is not politics” and opined that planning and a robust public education program would have been beneficial in building trust with the people at the beginning of the pandemic.
But it was the DNA’s discussion on a the “key imperatives for a new economy and new society” advanced by three of the Party’s Founders which gave a categorical condemnation of the Government’s failure to reap the opportunities provided by COVID-19 to “redevelop, restructure and re-engineer” the Antiguan and Barbudan economy which stirred the audience’s excitement.
The Party’s Leader and former Member of Parliament for All Saints East and St. Luke, Joanne Massiah, former Ambassador, Bruce Goodwin, and former Senator, Malaka Parker detailed the DNA’s vision for a robust and sustainable economy in a post pandemic world.
Plans to reskill, retrain and retool public sector employees and to create an enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises and startups to thrive as well as, the urgent need to diversify the economy and to redesign a purpose driven education system which addresses digitization and upskilling of education professionals were tabled as key considerations for the Economy of tomorrow. The analysis also offered snippets of the DNA’s Vision 2040 to diversify an ailing tourism sector.
In addition to its Congress, Ms. Massiah also announced the imminent launch of the DNA Newsletter.