(ZIZ News) — St. Kitts and Nevis’ name is being mentioned across the world as two of the country’s top officials engage world leaders in hopes of strengthening and, in some cases, establishing bilateral relations.
The Federation’s strides in promoting the use of renewable energy was presented to the world when Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris addressed the COP21 United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.
He told the more than 147 world leaders that his government was in the process of “incentivizing behavioural changes through the facilitation of duty free concessions on renewable energy technologies” adding that it is “building strategic partnerships with countries and the private sector to develop geothermal, solar and wind energy solutions.”
He also reminded that both islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, had operational solar farms and are exploring the potential geothermal capacity.
Speaking specifically to the impacts of climate change, Dr. Harris told the gathering that “climate change is real for small island developing states,” expressing concern that “it will get progressively worse if we do not act now!”
“The dangers of climate change are real and present,” he said adding that “The threat is existential. Greenhouse gas emissions from small island states like St. Kitts and Nevis are negligible yet our small island states continue to be adversely and disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reporting that Minister, Honourable Mark Brantley had been engaged with leaders of several African countries.
Such engagements came during the just concluded 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
The Ministry, through a release, said the move is “consistent with the new government’s commitment to substantially deepen St. Kitts and Nevis’ international diplomatic footprint and strengthen bilateral relations.
Among the African country representatives with whom Brantley spoke were the President of Kenya, the Prime Minister of Cameroon, and the Foreign Ministers of Rwanda, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Ghana and Namibia.
Minister Brantley also seized the opportunity to interact with the new Foreign Minister of Canada, Stephane Dion.