UPP’s Biennial Convention Will Focus on Unity and Strengthening the Party’s Path to Victory

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The United Progressive Party (UPP) is gearing up to launch its 12th Biennial Convention, its first since 2019. Convention Week will feature a range of activities under the theme “Together in Unity: Forward to Victory.”  It will run from April 14 through April 24 and the Party will aim to emerge from the Convention more united, stronger than before and poised to retake government.

Chair of the Convention Planning Committee, Harold Lovell, indicates that everything is in place for an effective and rewarding week of activities.

“This will be our first convention since the general election and the celebration of our 30th Anniversary in 2023. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to share our vision with members and supporters who are the heart of our Party. A team that works together finds greatness together and this promises to be an unforgettable event. It will focus on unity, as we work together to create a future built on policies and programs that will uplift all Antiguans and Barbudans,” Lovell said.

Convention week will begin with a Thanksgiving Service at the Christian Assembly Ministries in Paynters on Sunday April 14 at 4 p.m.  It will be officiated by Pastor Paul Andrew and the UPP’s Choir will be featured on the exciting line-up of performances.

Monday April 15, is Media Day, and Party representatives and spokespersons will be featured on various radio stations and on social-media platforms.  They will recount and celebrate the UPP’s accomplishments during its 10-year tenure and discuss economic and governance issues currently affecting the Nation.

On Tuesday April 16, constituency branches and the Executive will gather for a night of karaoke and games at the Barefoot Bar at Pensioner’s Beach. On Wednesday, will be the “Outreach to Our Stalwarts,” an initiative that will honor retired supporters who helped to blaze a trail throughout the Party’s 31 year history.

On Thursday April 18 will be “Youth Connect,” an activity designed to inspire, educate and empower the youth. The event will be held at Freedom Hall, under the theme “The Contributions of Youth Talent to Socio-economic Development.”  Senator Damion Crawford, Shadow Minister of the PNP in Jamaica will deliver the keynote address. A panel of experts will address the topic “How is Today’s Economy Affecting the Youth: The Disparity Between Economic Growth and Their Pockets.”

The Convention opens officially with a grand ceremony on Saturday April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Centre. It will feature three guest speakers: Antiguan, Commissioner Dion Irish, Chief of Operations for the City of Boston, Ms. Mickela Panday, former M.P. from Trinidad and Tobago and Dr. Thomson Fontaine, Political Leader of the UWP in Dominica. The event will feature entertainment and Party affirmations and is expected to attract hundreds of supporters.

The business session takes place on Saturday, April 21, and will culminate in the election of a new Central Executive Committee, which will run the UPP’s affairs for the next two years.

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