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Visionaries drive effective governance

Dickson C. Igwe. Photo: VINO/File
Dickson C. Igwe

Now Gerard St. C. Farara QC is a famous West Indian QC. Farara is a constitutional theorist with a successful and thriving legal practice in the Virgin Islands.

In early May, Farara asserted that any reform of a country's constitution must be determined by its national vision. Farara advised that policy makers define a national vision. There was a caveat. A national vision must be flexible and speak to every facet of government.

Now vision is critical to every undertaking in life. Individuals with purpose and ambition with the aid of discipline frequently succeed in getting to that proverbial land of their dreams.

All of the preceding is rhetoric; however, with no defined vision. A vision must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time related: SMART.

But a vision must also be flexible enough to allow strategic planning parameters to change as the “ship of state” sails on to El Dorado.

A country with a vision is a ship on the vast seas with a map showing where it is going. The vision is the desired location: El Dorado. As the ship sails, the Captain, crew, and passengers, are at peace, knowing the ship is on the correct path, and moving along in the right direction.

In terms of safety, operations, and on-board living, each person on board the ship knows exactly where they should be and what must be done at all times as the ship journeys along.

On the other hand it is inconceivable that anyone will board a ship that does not know where it is going. A journey of that type will lead the ship to run into the rocks by the side of the proverbial cliff.

That is exactly what happens when a country has no vision. Its economy, society, and security cannot be guaranteed.

This wannabe visionary created a model of a vision for the Virgin Islands to aid his writing on vision and politics.

His vision for the territory over 5-20 years is the establishment of a sustainable, eco-friendly, food sufficient, scientific society that fully leverages its unique maritime geography to drive full employment and national prosperity. 

Now if that is his vision for the Virgin Islands then there is no point investing millions of dollars of taxpayer cash in schemes that do not lead to the vision.

In essence, every activity of governance, and national effort should be grafted into the strategic roadmap that leads to that vision.

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2 Responses to “Visionaries drive effective governance”

  • qc (11/05/2019, 13:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another great read
  • The TRUTH (11/05/2019, 21:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. We are satisfied with the slave mentality of leave it up to Jesus.

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