Prime Minister Drew Named One of the Most Influential Caribbean Leaders of the Year
Basseterre, January 3, 2024 (ZIZ Newsroom) — The feature uploaded to YouTube spotlights the Caribbean’s most dynamic and influential leaders and outlines Prime Minister Drew’s accomplishments since taking office in 2022.
New to our list this year is a newly elected leader in the region, but one who has shown effective leadership and led his country on consistent growth, particularly after COVID-19 Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis. Terrence Drew was elected just in 2022 but has led the country on a successful post-Covid-19 recovery the leader has been a driving force behind the mounting discussion of more Caribbean countries becoming republics.
Following the coronation of King Charles II this May 2023, The prime minister stated that St Kitts could not be completely free as long as an English monarch ruled as the head of state. He went on to say that his government would take public consultation regarding the republic movement and even demanded an apology from the British monarchy concerning their role in the slave trade. When it comes to the country’s economic outlook, St Kitts and Nevis has seen remarkable progress rebounding amidst strong global headwinds.
The country has seen tourist arrivals drive economic growth, reducing the country’s current deficit and staying below the region’s public debt target of 60%. This success has translated to the average citizen, with the government increasing salaries for civil servants and pensioners by 8% and giving them a 50% Christmas bonus. On top of that, all other persons will receive EC $500 and a savings account for all children of EC $1,000.
On the list of 5 Caribbean Leaders Prime Minister Drew came in at number four, being joined by Prime Ministers Roosevelt Skerritt of Dominica, Ralph Gonzalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mohamed Irfaan Ali of Guyana and Mia Mottley of Barbados.