It is therefore in line with this mission that the Ministry of International Trade, in St. Kitts and Nevis, will be hosting a four day country mission to the federation, in conjunction with the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Unit.
The purpose of the mission, said officials is to conduct a national CSME Awareness and to increase the level of awareness and involvement of the citizens and residents of St Kitts and Nevis, to the various facets of the CSME and the benefits to be derived therein.
It will also focus on explaining how the CSME works, with specific reference to the various provisions governing the removal of restrictions, for the free movement of goods, services, people, capital and business operations across the region.
To this end, the programme will entail a number of focused group sessions with government ministries, private sector organizations, media houses, other key stakeholders, as well as a panel discussion for the general public.
These sessions will be facilitated by the Ministry of International Trade along with a team from the CSME Unit.
Dr. Timothy Harris, Minister of International Trade said “it is important that we continue to inform and remind people about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It remains a work in progress with highs and lows of activity. We are committed to it legally and functionally. We must continue to remind our people of the continuing need for the CSME, the opportunities and challenges, their rights and obligations under the CSME and how this regional initiative will impact on their lives and livelihoods. In this regard, I am very pleased that my Ministry has secured the support of CARICOM to effect this national CSME awareness and sensitization programme”.
The CSME Country Mission will meet with both Federal Cabinet and the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Assembly; various government departments, students at high schools and CFBC, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the St Kitts and Nevis Small Business forums.