The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for facilitating and co-ordinating the international relations of St Kitts and Nevis. The country maintains diplomatic relations with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Taiwan, Cuba, and South Korea, as well as with many Latin American countries and neighbouring Eastern Caribbean states. St Kitts and Nevis’ foreign policy favours trade liberalisation, which takes smaller economies into account, thus allowing them greater economic growth.
Bilateral co-operation exists between St Kitts and Nevis and many other countries, with around five foreign embassies and consulates located in the capital city, Basseterre. All embassies in St Kitts and Nevis offer visa and passport services and many also offer developmental assistance in other spheres. The Taiwanese embassy in St Kitts and Nevis is responsible for many different activities and services, such as co-ordinating the Taiwan Youth Ambassador Corps cultural exchange programme. Many of this embassy’s activities within the islands are aimed at promoting integration and building cultural bridges between Taiwan and St Kitts and Nevis. The Taiwanese embassy in Basseterre also introduced the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) project which spearheads agricultural development and agro-processing initiatives.
St Kitts and Nevis maintains embassies, high commissions and consulates in five countries. As a member of the United Nations, St Kitts and Nevis works towards international economic development, security and peace and maintains a permanent mission to the UN in New York, USA. To strengthen the country’s commitment to promoting unity among countries of the Eastern Caribbean, St Kitts and Nevis also maintains embassies in other Caribbean countries, such as Jamaica, and countries active in the region, such as Canada and the UK. Embassies and other foreign missions can be contacted for information on consular matters such as visas, passports and travel.