(PRESS SEC) – St. Kitts and Nevis nationals abroad will have the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Shawn Richards this Saturday, April 23rd in the Bronx, New York.
The meeting will take place at Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church on White Plains Road from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
To RSVP, please contact the Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations at 212.535.1234.
Earlier this month, St. Kitts and Nevis nationals abroad turned out in record numbers in Toronto, Canada, to hear the Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism et al, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, discuss the country’s state of affairs.
Nationals were updated on the impressive growth record of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) projects that St. Kitts and Nevis will have the second fastest-growing economy (4.5% real GDP growth) in the Caribbean this year, behind the Turks and Caicos Islands (5.4% real GDP growth). The CDB also projects that the average real GDP growth for its Caribbean member territories in 2016 will be a mere 0.3%. Additionally, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimates that the English-speaking Caribbean will grow 1.6% this year, with St. Kitts and Nevis expanding at a remarkable rate of 5.1%. This month, ECLAC revised the St. Kitts and Nevis figures up from 4.7%.
Moreover, St. Kitts and Nevis is projected to be one of the best performing economies in the world. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook, as at January 2016, puts global economic growth at just 3.4% for this year, with Advanced Economies averaging real GDP growth of only 2.1%.
Clearly, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is a superb performer.
It is no wonder, then, that when Prime Minister Harris and Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Josephine Huggins met with the European Union’s Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Mikael Barfod, in Barbados on March 31st, one day before traveling to Canada, the Ambassador said the European Union has observed that St. Kitts and Nevis is now scoring an “enviable” growth rate.
“At this particular point in time, it looks like St. Kitts and Nevis has got it right when it comes to economic reforms,” the Ambassador said at the EU Headquarters in Barbados.