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Residents of St Philip West have been promised representation with a commitment to service, by Barbados Labour Party candidate Kay McConney.

Speaking tonight on the party’s general elections platform, McConney told her face-to-face and online audience: “I am in this because my heart is in it, and I am fully committed to serving you.”

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology recalled that she had already served the country as a national athlete, as the person who set up the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, as consul general in Toronto, and as deputy representative to the United Nations and World Trade Organisation in Geneva, before being recalled to the island to take up her current ministerial portfolio.

Since returning, she added, she has been proud to be part of the process of transformation, and just as proud to call Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley her leader “because she inspires with her phenomenal vision and a presence that makes people pay attention … to Barbados”.

Pointing to some of the successes of her ministry, McConney noted:

—  Barbadians can now acquire a police certificate of character entirely online in just 24 hours, and not seven to eight weeks as existed prior;

—  All professional licences, as required by doctors, lawyers and other professionals to practise, can now be paid for online;

—  Family members or friends of inmates of Dodds Prison can now transfer funds to them electronically, and in just weeks since the scheme was initiated, more than 1,000 transactions have been recorded;

—  Lawyers are now able to use an e-filing platform when interacting with the Supreme Court; and

—  Business operators can now apply online to the Barbados Fire Service for inspection appointments and receive their certificates electronically when they pass the inspection.

McConney revealed too that Government’s plan to roll out a free Wi-Fi network across Bridgetown was already taking shape with access available in the Fairchild Street and Princess Alice bus terminals and around the Treasury Building.

Soon to be added will be Cheapside Market, Jubilee Gardens, the area of the General Post Office, around Parliament Building, Swan Street and Suttle Street among other areas. The free connectivity is also to be extended to cover residential districts in the City.

In St. Philip West, and in the general St Philip area, McConney added, her approach will be community-focused. She noted she had already worked with some youth to set up a Job Works programme that assists with creating a CV and cover letters for job applicants as well as giving directions with job searches.

The St Philip West candidate also revealed she had initiated a Youth In Entrepreneurship scheme and it is currently working to operationalise a pig farming proposals drawn up by youth in the area.

“I am a child who was blessed with an opportunity at a young age,” she said. “I get you, young people when you ask for a chance because as a youth someone gave me a chance.”

She added: “I know there are many people who are struggling. I get you. I’ve got you … because I’ve been there… I am all in and committed to going all out for you, the people of St. Philip West.”

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