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St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has reiterated that the 20-acre Agro-Tourism project, is critically important as part of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government’s strategy for its economic diversification plan.

“When we started out on this project two years ago, it was really a vision that we believed could be made into reality as we wanted to partner with the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the continuing the transformation of our national economy,” said Dr. Douglas, following a visit to the construction site at Sir Gilles.
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Hours before the launching of the new website for the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) is launched, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has been highlighting the importance of this institution.

“We established SKIPA several years ago to ensure that investors across the globe understand that the education system in St. Kitts and Nevis produces individuals ready to function as employees, sub-contractors, or partners and that the port of Basseterre is capable of handling the world’s largest ships and that the airport is capable of handling large international aircraft,” said Prime Minister Douglas during Tuesday’s edition of Ask the Prime Minister.

Dr. Douglas told listeners to the programme that local and foreign investors must be assured that the federation’s transportation infrastructure permits the smooth movement of people and materials, and that the telecommunications infrastructure guarantees rapid communication with the rest of the world.

He said investors must also be assured that St. Kitts and Nevis has a solid reputation as a fiscally responsible, well managed state.

“SKIPA, then, is key to our ability to attract foreign investors, on the one hand, and our smoothing and expediting matters for local investors on the other,” he added as he invited listeners to learn more about the agency, in order to get a better idea of how the Government goes about securing investment capital to fuel the country’s continued movement forward.

206x242xRoslynHazelleHeadshotA.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-cht2fpEEQ[1](ZIZ)– The St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) in promoting thecountry in an effort to bring investors and tourists to St. Kitts, on Wednesday 19th officially launched the golden book of St. Kitts and the SKIPA website.

CEO of SKIPA Ambassador Rosalyn Hazelle said “Our new website that will be revealed shortly has been designed to meet international best practices for IPAS. The Golden Book of St. Kitts is a collective effort between SKIPA and the media publishing international envy. It is a comprehensive investment guide that makes doing business in St. Kitts relatively easy.

In his capacity as featured speaker, Prime Minister the Rt. Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas said that through SKIPA’s advancement, St. Kitts is able to compete confidently in the global investment market.

SKIPA also unveiled its new logo “Invest St. Kitts” and new tag line “Globally Competitive Investment Opportunities”.

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis, already the leading exporter of manufactured goods to the United States in the OECS and Barbados, is to see expansion in the sector soon.

General Manager and Head of Global Operations at API’s World Headquarters in New York, Mr. Kevin Heffler informed St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Minister of International Trade and Industry, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt that the company’s plant, Harowe Servo Control in Sandy Point is to be expanded. Read more

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has worked exceptionally hard to put the twin-island Federation on the path of economic growth.

Pointing out that while the United States – the most powerful nation on earth, was able to produce 1.9 percent in economic growth in 2013, the polices and programmes of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government, has produced a growth rate of 1.7% and that the European Union, comprised of most of the most highly industrialized nations on earth, produced a growth rate of zero. Read more

Commissioner of Police for the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. Celvin G. Walwyn has formed the Tourist Security Officer Programme under the People Employment Programme (PEP).

According to a PEP statement, Mr. Walwyn, recognising that tourism is the main engine of growth for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and also recognising that the most important resource the country has is its people, has come up with an ingenious way to have the two resources, tourism and the people, back each other for the benefit of the country. Read more

A prominent national sees many positive developments including in the physical infrastructure in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“I note that more and more persons are using the FT Williams bypass road/highway. The other day travelling on it, I almost forgot I was not in North America. The human development is also very pleasing to see – the youngsters in the churches; the discussions on the radio, notably ZIZ, including in sport, culture and various discussions with medical doctors on health issues, among other things; also our people filling positions at all levels not only in the public but also expanding private sector. This is just great,” said Kittitian, Mrs. Willa Franks. Read more

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 4TH 2014 (CUOPM) – It is imperative to continue to impress upon the global community the importance of small, well-managed, high income nations like St. Kitts and Nevis continuing to have access to concessional funding.

“This, in my view, is a moral imperative: Our vulnerability to natural disasters shows why access to low-interest funding is essential. And financial crises in New York, London, or Antwerp being able to ricochet through distant regions like ours makes the point as well. With such a vast array of hemispheric leaders gathered in one room, therefore, it was imperative that the interests of small, high-income countries like ours, where access to concessional funding is concerned, be clearly articulated. Read more

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, NOVEMBER 2nd 2010 (CUOPM) – The introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Monday November 1st 2010 “was hectic as anticipated and challenging, also anticipated.”

So said St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas after a briefing with Head of the TAX Reform Union Mr. Edward Gift and his Deputy Ms. Velda Irish following his return to the Federation from nearby St. Maarten where he was attending the 10th Annual General Meeting of PANCAP. Read more

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, AUGUST 10TH 2010 (CUOPM) – Barbados’ former Prime Minister and eminent Caribbean Statesman, the Right Honourable Owen Arthur, has described Value Added Tax (VAT) as the best option for the region in the age of trade liberalisation.

In an interview over the weekend, Mr. Arthur said he was surprised that it has taken St. Kitts and Nevis so long as the twin-island Federation “is subjected to the same forces in St. Kitts and Nevis as we are in Barbados that warranted the introduction on Value Added TAX (VAT).” Read more