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St Kitts-Nevis passes legislation to bring relief to BAICO policyholders

August 25, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis passes legislation to bring relief to BAICO policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The BAICO (Plan of Arrangement) Bill, 2016, passed into law at the sitting of the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly on Tuesday, will “provide the legal framework to implement a plan of arrangement to resolve the long outstanding matter of...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Commentary: NRP took the first step, now it's Team Unity's turn

August 25, 2016
Commentary: NRP took the first step, now it's Team Unity's turn I did not attend the recent party convention of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) last Sunday, but I should have. As someone who has argued for reform in the constitutional arrangements governing the relationship between the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and the...

Proposals for building a bridge linking St Kitts and Nevis to be considered

August 22, 2016
Proposals for building a bridge linking St Kitts and Nevis to be considered BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Proposals are being considered by the federal Cabinet to construct a bridge to connect St Kitts and Nevis, which would bring greater ease of travel between the twin-islands. At a recent town hall meeting, minister of public infrastructure, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd...

St Kitts-Nevis government hopeful that US FinCen advisory will be lifted soon

August 19, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government hopeful that US FinCen advisory will be lifted soon BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis government has been working to lift the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) advisory issued in 2014 on the grounds that the country’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme was not properly regulated.

St Kitts-Nevis makes progress in repairing bilateral relations damaged by citizenship programme

August 18, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis makes progress in repairing bilateral relations damaged by citizenship programme BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Mark Brantley, minister of foreign affairs and aviation, said his ministry continues to work assiduously to help repair damaged bilateral relations between some countries and the government of St Kitts and Nevis that occurred during the former administration’s...

IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road

August 17, 2016
IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has appointed three consultants to conduct interviews of key stakeholders in the region for its legal education survey. The consultants are Dr Adrian Cummins...

FCCA delegation discusses cruise sector development with St Kitts-Nevis cabinet

August 15, 2016
FCCA delegation discusses cruise sector development with St Kitts-Nevis cabinet BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A three-member delegation from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) met with members of the St Kitts and Nevis Cabinet on August 10 to discuss further improvements to and impacts on the cruise tourism sector. Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris...

Improved budgeting process on the horizon in St Kitts-Nevis, as ECLAC wraps-up training

August 10, 2016
Improved budgeting process on the horizon in St Kitts-Nevis, as ECLAC wraps-up training BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A recent training workshop facilitated by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean has “opened the eyes” of the ministry of finance of St Kitts and Nevis on how budgeting can be done...

IMF concludes 2016 consultation with St Kitts-Nevis

July 28, 2016
IMF concludes 2016 consultation with St Kitts-Nevis WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 8, 2016, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with St Kitts and Nevis, and considered and endorsed the staff appraisal without a meeting. St Kitts and Nevis successfully exited the post-program...

CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

United Airlines expands service to St Kitts

July 27, 2016
United Airlines expands service to St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- United Airlines plans to expand its Saturday service between the airline's New York/Newark gateway airport, Liberty International Airport (EWR) and St Kitts (SKB). United will recommence service on November 19, 2016, and will fly throughout the winter, summer...

St Kitts-Nevis making substantial advances on the energy front

July 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis making substantial advances on the energy front BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, minister with responsibility for energy, gave an update on a number of projects currently taking place in St Kitts and Nevis with respect to alternative energy and noted that things are progressing well. Liburd was at the time speaking at...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Eight St Kitts-Nevis students receive Cuban tertiary education scholarships

July 6, 2016
Eight St Kitts-Nevis students receive Cuban tertiary education scholarships BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Cuban government who has awarded eight students from St Kitts and Nevis the opportunity to pursue tertiary studies in Cuba. The Cuban embassy hosted its annual scholarship awards ceremony on Friday July 1, 2016, moving forward with...

Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates?

July 5, 2016
Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates? The people of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean in general woke up on the morning of June 7, 2016, to a new reality; Dr Kenny Anthony is no longer the prime minister of that country. The almost flippant and matter-of-fact announcement of the dissolution of parliament and an election...

Energy sector will decide CARICOM's future, says St Kitts-Nevis minister

July 4, 2016
Energy sector will decide CARICOM's future, says St Kitts-Nevis minister BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis minister of public infrastructure, post, urban development and transport, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, told energy stakeholders that the energy sector is vital to sustainable development within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Speaking at an energy...

Regional delegation attends US forum on youth violence prevention

July 4, 2016
Regional delegation attends US forum on youth violence prevention BALTIMORE, USA -- As the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), continues to support regional governments to reduce youth crime and violence across the Eastern Caribbean, two St Kitts-Nevis officials working with at-risk youth have...

India's top bank defaulter is St Kitts-Nevis economic citizen

July 2, 2016
India's top bank defaulter is St Kitts-Nevis economic citizen NEW DELHI, India -- The promoter of Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery, one of India's top bank defaulters to the tune of some US$1 billion, Jatin Mehta and his wife Sonia, gave up Indian citizenship to become economic citizens of St Kitts and Nevis in 2013-14. According to an article...

Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean

June 30, 2016
Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...

Nevis benefits from OECS community based tourism development exercise

June 29, 2016
Nevis benefits from OECS community based tourism development exercise GINGERLAND, Nevis -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s tourism desk is continuing its series of regional community based tourism development exercises to the district of Gingerland in Nevis, the sister island of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.

St Kitts-Nevis government debunks claims of stem cell project at local hospital

June 27, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government debunks claims of stem cell project at local hospital BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of state with responsibility for health, Wendy Phipps, has dismissed claims made by chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin that he was sent on vacation leave because he objected to a stem cell project presently underway at the...

Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit

June 23, 2016
Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has announced that Dale Trotman of Barbados, Malikca Cummings of Barbados, and Anastasha Elliott of St Kitts and Nevis will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw

June 21, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In attempting to assert and/or defend the apparently false premise that one of its clients is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, a prominent London law firm may have instead opened a proverbial can of worms for the Caribbean country in relation to its passports.

Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan

June 21, 2016
Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Five students from St Kitts and Nevis, who dismissed the thoughts of Taiwan being too far away and the study period too long, were among their fellow classmates this graduation season celebrating their academic achievements.  The proud graduates were able to pursue...

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