- Welcome to St Kitts & Nevis
- St Kitts and Nevis in the Commonwealth
- St Kitts and Nevis joined the Commonwealth in 1983
- St Kitts and Nevis became an independent country on the 19th of September 1983
- St Kitts and Nevis has been competing in the Commonwealth Games since 1978, and has won one medal during that time
- The two mountainous islands of St Kitts and Nevis are of volcanic origin, with a highest point of 1,156m in St Kitts; many beaches in St Kitts are of black volcanic sand, while those in Nevis are silver sand
- Celebrated author Caryl Phillips, born in St Kitts in March 1958, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2004 with his book, A Distant Shore
- St Kitts and Nevis has the best secondary school pupil-teacher ratio in the Commonwealth, with average class sizes of 10 pupils
- 2004 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting
Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis
I am pleased to commend the launch of the new Commonwealth of Nations website that provides an alternate opportunity to the users to have more direct contact with member countries of the organisation.
In this regard, I have much pleasure in welcoming visitors to this website and to introduce the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. As a Caribbean nation that is progressively diversifying its economy, our country provides tremendous opportunities for investors in a variety of ways in sectors that include tourism, financial and telecommunications services, light manufacturing, agro-processing, education and other commercial; ventures.
Since our independence in 1983, the country has played an active role in international affairs through the United Nations, the Organisation of American States and their various institutions, and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis certainly has been a keen and active member of the Commonwealth of Nations. This nation has paid particular attention to human resource development as a key factor that drives our sustainable development strategies.
A relevant and first-class education system, reliable health services and excellent telecommunications services, along with attractive business incentives, have served to fuel the current investment boom that is taking place in the country. Added to this are the natural beauty, our rich historical and cultural heritage, and the hospitality of our friendly people that are of special appeal to all our visitors. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to visit our country, now is the time to do so. Don’t delay your personal experience of the Caribbean’s “Next Adventure”.
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The above message was provided by the previous Prime Minister, Denzil Douglas.
St Kitts and Nevis in the Commonwealth
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Commonwealth meetings hosted
Trade Facilitation Capacity Building Programme (2005/06)
A consultancy team funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat, visited St Kitts and Nevis to identify impediments to trade and investment. Following this assessment the team produced recommendations on how the government could improve the business climate and increase trade competitiveness by addressing factors that inhabit trade, including transportation, trade procedures, facilities for electronic payment and regulations pertaining to customs and importing/exporting goods.
Commonwealth Expert Team- St Kitts and Nevis General Elections (2005/06)
Following an Electoral Assessment Mission, a Commonwealth Expert Team was invited to observe the St Kitts and Nevis General Elections. Expert teams were invited to observe elections in order to assess adherence to procedures and international principles that ensure that elections are held in a credible manner, uphold democratic principles and contribute to a stable political environment.
Special Constitutional Advisor (2003/04)
The Commonwealth Secretariat provided the services of a Special Constitutional Advisor for a total period of 50 days annually over a three-year period to assist the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis in addressing the possible bid for secession by the Nevis Administration. The Advisor, formerly Chairman of the Constitution Task Force of February 1999, advised and guided the prime minister in all related matters and worked closely with other appointed consultants.