Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC this afternoon launched the National Conversation, beginning with an event at the Academy of Nursing and Allied Health in El Dorado.
The Prime Minister said, “My leadership style has always been to listen first and then lead. Over the coming weeks, we are undertaking a National Conversation with the people to gather their input and hear about their priorities, both for today and over the next ten years,” said Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar.
She continued, “It is through consultation that the Government has been able to make strides in national development. And it attributes its successes to the process of listening to citizens and learning what mattered most to them.
“The National Conversation is based on the Government’s understanding that for it to succeed, the citizens must be able to speak their minds, share their thoughts on policies and day to day governance, and feel confident that their views are being heard,” said Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar.
The National Conversation focuses on three key questions:
What makes Trinidad and Tobago such a great nation?
What problems or issues do you think the Government should focus most on to improve people’s lives today?
What problems or issues do you think the Government should focus most on to help develop and improve the nation over the next ten years?
The Prime Minister added, “Our focus is simple: you speak, government listens. Through direct conversations with groups like the one we had here today with nursing students, through in-person town hall meetings, through the website at www.nationalconversation.tt, and many other forums, we will engage citizens and gather their feedback, their concerns and their ideas,” said the Prime Minister.
There will be a variety of different ways to participate in the National Conversation, including a website which has been launched to solicit and gather feedback. All are encouraged the visit the website and share their thoughts, ideas and concerns. Through the National Conversation, Trinidad and Tobago will emerge healthier, more prosperous and secure.