Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Nevis showing signs of economic recovery, says IMF official
Published on May 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

International Monetary Fund Country Representative for St Kitts and Nevis Judith Gold (L) and Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration Vance Amory on May 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- Economic growth on Nevis is recovering. That assessment came from International Monetary Fund (IMF) country representative for St Kitts and Nevis Judith Gold, when she spoke on May 13, 2014, following a meeting with premier of Nevis Vance Amory and acting permanent secretary in the ministry of finance Colin Dore.

Gold, who led a five-member team from the IMF and two representatives from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in Basseterre that concluded the ninth and final review under the three-year-old stand-by arrangement with St Kitts and Nevis that will expire on July 26, 2014, noted that the recovery was driven primarily by construction.

“I would say there has been much progress under the arrangement in the last three years and we are very pleased to see that the country, we think, has really turned and things are improving and we hope they continue to improve over the coming months.

“We see a recovery in the economy in economic growth, primarily driven by construction and the [Citizenship by Investment] CBI receipts that have been able to fund the [People’s Empowerment Programme] PEP as well as some other investments as well as recovery in tourism, especially in Nevis in 2014. The season, we understand, has been very strong. In St Kitts a little less so partly because of the connectivity issues related to the bad weather in the United States,” she said.

According to Gold, the fiscal situation had also seen improvements, which she attributed to prudent fiscal management.

“The fiscal situation is much improved both because of prudent fiscal management in both St Kitts and Nevis and because of substantial revenues coming from the CBI and [Sugar Industry Diversification Fund] SIDF. As a result, the government was able to provide the 13-month bonus in 2013 and proceed with the wage increases in 2014 and plan over the coming years,” she said.

Gold also commented on capital expenditure in St Kitts and Nevis and offered advice.

“The capital expenditure is now improving more in St. Kitts than in Nevis at this point but this is a work in progress. The external situation has also improved and overall we see positive signs.

“I think going forward, our emphasis is to ensure prudent management over the coming years to take the additional revenues and use them carefully, to make sure that the situation would be sustainable into the medium term,” she said.

The IMF representative also wished the administration luck and thanked Amory for his collaboration and cooperation and expressed her pleasure with working with the Nevis Island Administration.

Meantime, Amory, who is also the minister of finance in the Nevis Island Administration, in a brief comment explained that it was Gold’s second visit to Nevis for discussions with the NIA to see how Nevis had done in the first quarter of 2014. Her first visit was in January 2014 to look at the island’s 2013 activity.

He said he was pleased to report to the IMF that the administration was looking forward to a positive year.

“I am happy that we have been able to discuss and I have been able to say to Ms Gold that the Nevis Administration is looking to a positive year of investment in terms of our own attempts to manage the resources, the finances of Nevis,” he said.

The stand-by arrangement with the IMF is a fiscal reform programme that the federal government entered into in 2009/2010 to reorganise its finances and to put St Kitts and Nevis on a path for sustainability. Included in that programme were measures to reduce the high level of indebtedness. The main component of which was the land for debt swap for which the Crown lands would be sold to pay debts.
Reads: 4695

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: