By Christopher Famous
Good day to my Caribbean family.
First, let me ensure my survival by listing other surnames of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) origin:
To anyone not listed, my apologies. Today, I will continue my series on SKN where “Country above self” is the national motto.
At one time the entire island was essentially one sugar plantation after the other. SKN was known as Sugar City.
As of 2005, the Labour government basically ended that program due to falling world prices.
From what I can see and gather SKN has begun to diversify its economy:
• Three internationally accredited medical schools
• Financial services
More and more Kittitians are becoming university educated, and returning to start their own business in any number of fields.
SKN are your typical Eastern Caribbean islands:
• Friendly people
• Laid back unhurried lifestyles
• Everyone related to each other via blood or marriage
• A place you can feel at ease walking or driving down the street and asking for directions
• Dominoes being slapped down on tables
I see a few fast food chains popping up such as Subway, KFC, and Dominos. However you will always be able to get fresh local food and juices. After a week or so my rental car had about 20 empty bottles of carrot juice, cane juice, coconut water.
Christopher Famous is a Caribbean real estate developer and business owner. Raised in various Caribbean islands such as; Bermuda, Jamaica, St Eustatius and St Kitts and Tortola. He has a weekly social and political column in The Bermuda Sun. Feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
From my observation, the biggest opportunities are in something tourist related such as upscale restaurants and providing housing for the thousands of medical school students.
Construction costs are generally around US$150 per square foot.
Unfortunately, like the rest of the Caribbean, there has been some growth of a gang-like culture in St Kitts, resulting in the loss of life of far too many young men.
Nevis itself has been relatively untouched form this blight. For me personally, I have never felt unsafe to walk or drive around St Kitts at any hour of the day or night. If you are not involved in gangs you have no worries.
Yes, other islands have politics just like Bermuda. Currently the sitting government SKN Labour Party has been in power for 19 years, winning four elections. There is an upcoming election to be held by 2015.
There is currently a Team Unity, coalition opposition consisting of three parties: Peoples Action Movement (PAM), Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and Peoples Labour Party (PLP). Oh the irony.
In total, they contest 11 seats. So anyone getting a combination of six seats is then government. Each constituency is roughly 3,000 voters.
Political issues are:
• The economy
• Lack of transparency
Anything sound familiar?
I will get deeper into the politics of SKN in an upcoming series.
Invest in ourselves
As everyone in and from SKN is somehow related, let me take this time to say I have always looked at anyone from there as family.
So in conclusion, I say to all of Kittitian and Nevisian decent, you need to make sure you go home, and invest in our friendly islands.
Stock markets rise and fall. Real estate is a much better investment by far. Time to invest in ourselves, family.
Part 1: Commentary- St Kitts and Bermuda