According to Harris, it has been observed by him that more attention is normally given to overseas investors than of locals.
“It has so much become our culture that when we hear that there is a new investor, the thought of the ordinary Kittitian or Nevisian does not come to mind. The question we must ask is how come the notion of the investor has become alienated from our people?” Harris asked
He went on to ask, “How come when we think of those things it is always perhaps the white personality, it is an Indian or Chinese? No difficulty with those but we must ask ourselves when we are going to change that perception, that when we think or those things, we think of ourselves?”
A considerable percentage of businesses that exist here are indigenous and have contributed significantly to the development of the economy, Harris noted, but there is still more opportunities available, he added.
With the publication of “Agro/Eco/Tourism Development Project” which has identified more areas for investment, job creation and income generation in the rural communities, this creates more investment opportunities for our locals, the Minister said.