St Kitts and Nevis: On the occasion of the current global challenges, GLO Fellow Colin Cannonier interviewed Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, about the country’s success story in the global pandemic.
Here are some of the interview highlights:
• Due to sound fiscal prudence in the past, St. Kitts and Nevis were able to act quickly and decisively in stimulating the economy.
• As an educated society with a 97% literacy rate St. Kitts and Nevis adapted well to the ‘new norm’ with respect to social and physical distancing, hand sanitizing, and wearing masks in a joint effort to reduce the spread of the virus.
• As a result of the suspension of international and regional air and cruise travel and precautionary border closures locally to contain and prevent the spread of the virus, economic activity within the local Tourism Sector contracted by some 35 percent in 2020.
• Agriculture, the (medical) Cannabis industry, and I.T. will all play pivotal roles in the economic revival of St. Kitts and Nevis.
• The hotel, airline, and cruise industries all play an important part in the economic revival of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Additionally, PM Harris stated, For several years, Tourism has been the mainstay of our economy. For two years in a line, we welcomed over one million cruise passengers to our shores.
Notwithstanding the obvious need to further diversify the SKN economy, particularly in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We cannot overlook the contributions of the Tourism Sector. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, development in the Tourism Sector was on an upward trajectory.
The Koi Resort Curio Collection by Hilton St. Kitts made its debut in February 2020, expanding our room stock by 102 rooms, adding to the appeal to travelers who have continued to make the Federation their destination of preference.