The two – day event, which is organized by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), was described as vital and coming at an opportune time, when the federation is making steady strides towards improving economic performance.
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris welcomed attendees and thanked the IMF, in particular the lead person for the federation for an outstanding job thus far.
“Let me thank Judith Gold for the work, technical assistance and support that the IMF has consistently preferred to St. Kitts and Nevis and all the nations that are a part of its membership,” Prime Minister Harris said, while adding that the federation has been able to rely on the advice and support to help weather many storms.
He stressed that future developments must benefit citizens.
“We are working closely in collaboration with the IMF,” Dr. Harris said. “This is to ensure that the policy prescriptions will redound to the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Ultimately, the government’s decision is the government’s decision and we will accept full responsibility for what we will do on behalf of the people.”
The Honourable Prime Minister further stressed that the government wants St. Kitts and Nevis to be a model. The best country in which people can invest and realize outstanding returns and the best country in terms of its long and consistent patterns of positive growth; in areas such as quality education, first class healthcare, safety and security, just to name a few.
He said that the government is committed to working with all critical partners regionally and internationally to achieve the best St. Kitts and Nevis, worthy of the next generation.