Government Dedicated to Improving the Manufacturing Sector Says Harris

This was the promise made by the country’s Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr. Timothy Harris when he met with leaders in the sector at Thursday’s Quarterly Luncheon of the Manufacturing Division, of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, at the headquarters of Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Harris stated that those involved in the sector have to embrace the evolving realities and should always look for enhanced and improved ways that would add to customer and share-holder value.


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Harris also urged the manufacturers to consider exploring alternative energy sources such as solar panels and he also revealed that with Government’s willingness to accommodate such integration, with traditional energy sources, this is of course fundamental to reducing the cost of electricity over time.  Insofar as freight costs are concerned, it is necessary to analyze the common trans-shipment needs between the different manufacturers and pursue alternatives together, argued the minister.

He also suggested that the organization devote a technical curriculum in the local educational system that is aligned with the needs of this sector. In so doing, technical jobs in the manufacturing sector can be promoted as a pathway to professional careers.

“St. Kitts and Nevis has demonstrated the capacity to sustain a successful manufacturing sector. Government and the manufacturing sector will continue to review these challenges and opportunities, with the view to establishing a strategic plan for the long-term development of the manufacturing sector.  We look forward to the completion of the Strategic Plan for the Sector and subsequent work on determining an action plan,” Harris said.harrcic

He concluded by saying that there is a lot of work needed to advance the contribution of the manufacturing sector to socioeconomic life of the people. 

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