Author: Hon Paul J. Lewis | Date: 12 September 2018
On the Anniversary of four years as your Minister of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour here on Montserrat, I wish to say Thank You.
The thanks I am extending today is a symbol of my gratitude to each and every one of you who have placed absolute faith in my ability to serve this great island of our’s. The honour of representing you is not a privilege that I take for granted, and throughout these past 4 years I have endeavoured to do the best I can to help this island gem of our’s to grow.
These past 4 years have not been without its many challenges, but these challenges have been met with a positive mindset, and with an amazing support structure. I wish to thank my Staff at the Ministry – from the Permanent Secretary to the person who ensures our work environment is clean and ready to deliver for the people of Montserrat daily. Office Admin team and to the works in all departments - I thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment towards getting things done. Your service equally is reward for the people of Montserrat, in that you have trusted my Leadership at the Ministry, and we have in many ways given Montserrat some cause to smile. Thank you!
The Montserrat Civil Service has been for many years the engine that drives government. Across all sectors of the civil service, in whatever capacity we may have interacted professionally on behalf of Montserrat over these past 4 years, I also extend my sincere gratitude.
To my fellow Ministers of Government, and our Premier Donaldson Romeo, I thank you all also. To all the other Members of The Montserrat Legislative Assembly who serve daily at the pleasure of the people, to include Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, I also extend profound thanks. We have all collectively come to serve Montserrat at a time of great challenges, but I thank each of you for having the opportunity to see how best we can work to move this island forward.
The private sector here on Montserrat has shown steadfast faith and tenacity in Montserrat’s potential, in what has been very trying economic times. It is to those members of the private sector who run their businesses to provide goods and services to Montserrat’s residents, and also to provide much needed alternative modes of employment that I am most moved by and offer also deep and heartfelt thanks for their faith and dedication these past 4 years.
To everyone out there within the community far and wide, your support and believe has been invaluable to my Ministry and me. Your advice and suggestions has served to provide much guidance and inspiration to double down and work even harder on your behalf.
Together we are team. We will transform Montserrat by working together to transform our communities.
As we observe this 4-year anniversary I will say to you that it has not been easy. Even for the small business owner here on Montserrat focused on bringing in that daily revenue, it is never an easy task. Much more so, the running of a country is also fraught with challenges. However, I remain convinced that collectively, we as Montserratians can do it together.
Economic activity in my view is a visionary initiative. It has to be conceived as to where and how we wish to provide access to opportunity for all levels of our community here on Montserrat. Then we have to plan it. We have to seek funding for it. Then we have to execute it.
With a committed purpose we can take Montserrat forward even to higher heights.
I wish to thank also all the regional and international bodies that have come forward to assist when Montserrat called. Without your support these past 4 years would have been even tougher than they have already proven to have been. You helped us meet our challenges as we seek to rebuild this island, and I am most grateful to you for your assistance in whatever way.
To the members of the media who have given coverage, support and exposure to keep the hope in Montserrat’s future prospects alive I say thank you!
Montserrat’s hopes for prosperity and growth are greater than any of us singularly. Let us seek more unity of purpose and strength to execute a vision and mission that will see Montserrat become the beacon that shines brightly once more in the Caribbean.
Thank you all once again for your belief in me to see this vision further along its path.
Hon Paul J. Lewis
Minister of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour