Many citizens have questioned the need for such an office, while others have enquired about the costs that would be associated with such entity.
However, the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas said he is not aware of what it is costing the government, to open the office. He did not indicate who else in the administration may have such figures.
However, he explained that the consulate should be opened sometime between September and October, indicating that the process had been on hold because of a religious observation currently taking place in Arabic countries.
The office space has already been secured and the contract signed, stated the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister.
Douglas indicated that though he is unaware of the costs involved, the government is well advanced in its plans and are now waiting for the official opening of the Consulate,”
Though a Consul General had already been appointed, he stated that Kittitians and Nevisians, as well as Emiratis are needed to work as support staff for the Consulate.
The establishment of such an office in Dubai came under heavy scrutiny by the general public especially after it was made known that the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sam Condor, was unaware that plans had been finalized and details had been confirmed regarding the launch of the new facility.
This eventually led to a public fallout between Condor and his Prime Minister, with supporters of Condor coming to his defense, suggesting that he should resign from the Cabinet.
One other key development that was said to have widened the gap of disagreement between the Prime Minister and his Foreign Affairs Minister was the appointment of the mother of the children and close personal associate of the Prime Minister. The Minister of Foreign Affairs had stated publicly that he was not consulted on the appointment.