In a communiqué released earlier today (16th November), the CIC expressed its “distress and repugnance” as it pertains to the incident.
“The Chamber regards the robbery as a direct attack on the economy of the country and calls on government and all law-abiding citizens to treat it as such and to respond accordingly.”
Chamber Chair, Michael Morton, in an exclusive interview with MiyVue, said he was disgusted and angered by the happening explaining that, “it could result in the closure of the tourist industry, which could mean the closure of the economy, which is dependant on the tourist industry. We are already seeing the impact. Cruse ships are pulling out or cancelling their calls. Look at what is happening!”
The CIC has indicated that there is need for an urgent call to action, of all facets of society, if this unsettling situation is to be soon addresses.
“The Chamber repeats its commitment to and support for powerful and decisive action by law enforcement to eradicate the growing threat being posed by misguided criminals to the peace, security and development of St. Kitts-Nevis. The Chamber repeats its advice to its members, and to the entire community, to co-operate fully with law enforcement in reporting crimes and in providing information and assistance which will enable the police to root out the criminal element.”
The institution also expressed its confidence “that there will be a concerted national effort to ensure the safety of all visitors to our shores and to safeguard our tourist industry generally.”