SENIOR CITIZENS DESERVE RESPECT AND TO LIVE IN DIGNITY

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 13, 2016 (SKNIS): A call for more persons in society to “respect and appreciate their elders” has seemingly resonated around St. Kitts and Nevis as the twin-island federation celebrates October as the Month of Older Persons.

 

Deputy Director in the Ministry of Social Development, Ann Wigley, appeared on Wednesday’s (October 13) edition of the government’s weekly radio and television programme. She pointed to the enormous contributions that have been made by the now retired community to develop the country, and said that much more needs to be done to help persons, particularly the young, have a greater sense of appreciation.  

 

“From yesterday to now, my phone has been ringing nonstop. I am overwhelmed,” Mrs. Wigley said, during a follow up conversation. She said persons have been calling, congratulating her for her candid points on the topic and some have pledged to assist. A group in St. Peter’s has invited Mrs. Wigley to come to speak to its members, while another has requested an engagement with its members, Mrs. Wigley and two seniors of her choosing. Additionally, Deputy Director Wigley was invited to appear on another radio programme to promote her message.

 

Even school children she has encountered have been quick with a polite smile and greeting. “The word is getting out and I am grateful,” she added. However, Mrs. Wigley added that the response should not be just for the month.

 

“There needs to be greater education in the homes, the schools, and the churches,” the government official said, noting that young people need to have that spirit of gratitude for elders.  “If we do it as parents, they will follow.”

 

In addition to the month long activities, including a movie night, church service, street march and gala, that were organized to commemorate the Month of Older Persons, Mrs. Wigley said the officers at Social Development will continue their outreach to individuals, groups, and agencies to promote raising the level of dignity that the senior citizens have earned.

 

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Clothing drop-off points for Haiti relief announced


Photo caption: Spencer Hanley, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society speaking to the department of Information on October 12, 2016

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 12, 2016) — President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society Spencer Hanley, is urging citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to take any donations of clothing and shoes, as part of the Society’s relief efforts to hurricane stricken Haiti to various points for shipping

 

Hanley, made the appeal when he spoke to the told the Department of Information on October 12, 2016.

 

“We have now been reliably informed that the Chamber of Industry and Commerce will be organising a shipment of clothing only for Haitian relief. If you live on St. Kitts, the items can be taken to the Island Hopper on Friday at 4 p.m. That is the deadline if you live on St. Kitts.

 

“If you live in Nevis they must be brought to the Charlestown Pier by Thursday October 13, 2016 between the hours of two and three. A representative from the Red Cross would be there to assist you and give guidance in what we can do,” he said.

 

However, Hanley stressed that the items of clothing and or shoes must be separated and appropriately labelled to state “men’s cloths”, “women’s cloths”, “children’s cloths” and “shoes”. They can be brought in barrels, boxes or in suitcases.

 

Meantime, in an earlier plea on Nevis Television, Hanley noted that the International Federation of Red Cross Societies (IFRC) had launched an emergency response operation. The proceeds, he explained, would be used to provide vital services including food, shelter, water and sanitation assistance.

 

In that regard, the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society launched an appeal to the citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis for cash contributions to aid the victims of the disaster.

 

Contributions to the fund should be deposited to account #1281318 at the CIBC First Caribbean Bank at The Circus in Basseterre or at Main Street, Charlestown in Nevis.

 

He said, other goods in kind are not being accepted at this time as these items would create a logistical nightmare in the absence of sorting facilities, storage and adequate transportation.

 

However, the proceeds of the fund will be forwarded to the IFRC in collaboration with other Red Cross Appeals taking place simultaneously in many countries across the globe. 

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PM HARRIS LEADS PRESENTATIONS ON CARIBBEAN ISSUES AT GOVERNORS’ MEETING WITH WORLD BANK


Governors’ Meeting with World Bank in Washington D.C.  


Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 11, 2016 (SKNIS)—Debt reduction, loss and/or increased cost of correspondent banking services, mobilization of diaspora flows/remittances, and a call for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to develop stronger partnerships with Caribbean member states were among issues addressed by Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, at the recently concluded Governors’ Meeting with World Bank Senior Vice President of Operations, Kyle Peters, held on Saturday October 8, 2016.


The meeting with the World Bank in Washington D.C. came on the heels of the 2016 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) held at the Headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. on October 6.


 (L-R): Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris; Prime Minister Allen Chastanet



In his introduction at the Governors’ meeting, Prime Minister Harris, who was designated lead Caribbean speaker, focused on the main imperatives for the Caribbean, while he made special reference to the significant progress that St. Kitts and Nevis has made by reducing its record high debt-to-GDP ratio. He cited the IMF’s August 3, 2016 report which stated that: “….The Federation’s economy is in a good state of health and that the debt-to-GDP ratio is on a downwards trajectory which will see it plummet to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union’s (ECCU) 60 percent target in 2017, well ahead of other member states….” Dr. Harris noted that this ratio has declined from 159 percent in 2010 and is projected to reach its 60 percent target in 2017.

 

While drawing attention to the significance of this remarkable achievement, Dr. Harris outlined some of what this means for St. Kitts and Nevis. He said that this lower debt load reduces the huge expenditures that St. Kitts and Nevis was incurring on the interest costs of financing the outstanding public debt. According to the prime minister, these savings are now made available for meeting basic human needs.

 

Additionally, the prime minister highlighted the difficult challenges that the region faces because of the termination and/or increased cost of correspondent banking services offered by the large commercial banks.  These higher costs, he said, adversely affect the flow of personal remittances from abroad which are critically important to our development.  He called on the IMF and World Bank to develop stronger partnerships with the Caribbean member states in addressing this and other major challenges that the Caribbean faces.


Lead Photo (L-R): Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet; Minister of Finance of Jamaica, Hon. Audley Shaw; Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

 

Prime Minister Harris’ introductory address was followed by presentations on “Correspondent Banking” by Dr. the Honourable Carla Barnett, Minister of State for Belize; “Energy” by the Honourable Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for St. Lucia; “Fiscal and Debt Sustainability” by the Honourable Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance for Jamaica; and “Climate Change” by the Honourable Camillo Gonsalves, Minister of Foreign Affairs for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

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New Zealand gift generating interest among students at CPS

 

Photo caption: Principal of the Charlestown Primary School Latoya Jeffers


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 10, 2016) — Principal of the Charlestown Primary School (CPS) Latoya Jeffers says the recent gift of a shade house to the school, from the government and people of New Zealand, continues to generate interest among students who are showing a willingness to care for the vegetables planted there for use at the school’s cafeteria.

 

Ms. Jeffers made the comment when she spoke to the Department of Information on October 10, 2016. In late September, the shade house was handed over to Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory, by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to  St. Kitts and Nevis Her Excellency Jan Henderson.

 

I am very proud of the shade house and the plants we already have in it. Currently, we have tomatoes, sweet peppers and thyme. The students are quite excited about the shade house and willingly care for the plants.

 

“This shade house will be of great assistance to the cafeteria because it will help with the cost of vegetables. The children will also benefit, in that, they will be learning about agriculture,” she said.

 

The gift materialised through the efforts of Augustine Merchant, Coordinator of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) office in St. Kitts and Nevis and the St. Kitts Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum.

 


Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory cuts the ribbon to the new shade house   donated by the Government and people of New Zealand with (left) Augustine Merchant, Coordinator of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis and (right) New Zealand’s High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis Her Excellency Jan Henderson


At the handing over, Merchant said IICA sees agriculture in the school as a priority area and that it serves as a powerful tool to improve the quality of nutrition and education of the children.

 

This could be done through the integration of a national agricultural nutrition and education programme which we are hoping to do in the school here. This shade house is expected to provide a safe place for the students to grow some of the food they would eat.

 

“In addition to that it would increase their knowledge of the farming industry, develop a love for agriculture and help prepare the next generation of farmers,” he said.

 

Meantime, the New Zealand High Commissioner said when she was presented with the project for the shade house, she saw it as a community project with which New Zealand has interest in becoming engaged because her island is passionate about agriculture, which is seen as a high status occupation.



Photo caption: The shade house donated to the Charlestown Primary School by the Government and people of New Zealand through the efforts of Augustine Merchant,Coordinator of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) office in St. Kitts and Nevis and the St. Kitts Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum

 

“I don’t see it just in terms of growing vegetables. My interest in supporting this is very much about bringing a new generation of children into caring about what they grow and eat, understanding nutrition and seeing it as something that they can make a career out of,” she said.

 

Premier Amory thanked the High Commissioner and Mr. Merchant for bringing the shade house to Nevis. He said he sees agriculture as a worthwhile occupation and business. He also expressed hope that the activities at the shade house would propel some students to become professionals in the various sectors of agriculture.

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Nevis Ministry of Health issues schedule for fogging exercise

Nevis Ministry of Health issues schedule for fogging exercise

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 10, 2016) — The following is a notice from the Department of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Nevis Island Administration (NIA) dated October 10, 2016, regarding the schedule for a fogging exercise.

 

The Environmental Health Unit on Nevis has increased inspections of homes to assist home owners with source reduction. Additionally, the Unit has started a fogging exercise in selected areas where the mosquito burden is known to be high.

 

The schedule for this week is as follows:


Monday 10th Bath Village

Tuesday 11th Bath Village

Wednesday 12th Upper Stoney Grove

Thursday 13th Lower Stoney Grove

Friday 14th Ramsbury


Fogging starts at 4:30 pm daily.

 

Residents are requested to open your windows so that the fog can get indoors and kill the adult mosquitoes. Persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma are asked to leave the area for a few hours.

 

The Ministry of Health also supports the Zika Amnesty Week October 10th to 17th spearheaded by the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority. During this week white goods will be taken at the landfill free of cost. These are potential breeding sites and we urge persons to take full advantage of this amnesty period to clean up their surroundings.

 

The Ministry encourages persons to listen to their radios and televisions and logon to the Nevis Health Promotion Facebook page for continuous updates or call or visit your nearest Health Centre or the Environmental Health Unit for further information.

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SKN LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERSHIP BENEFITS FROM RSS EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT COURSE

 

Photo Caption: Assistant Commissioner’s of Police (ACP) Mr. Terrance James, (ACP) Mr. Andre Mitchell and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department Senior Assistant  Comptroller (Ag) Ms. Launlia Archibald



Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 10, 2016 (RSCNPF): Two members of the High Command of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police and a Senior Officer in Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department are currently in Barbados attending the Senior Executive Development Course being conducted by the Regional Security System Training Institute’s (RSS-TI). 

 

The two week course is being held at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill school of Business and is designed to equip the senior leadership of the region’s national security organizations; Police, Defence Force, Prison, Fire and Customs Services with the training to steer change and maximize results within their organizations. 

 

During the two weeks, the students will cover topics such strategic decision making, how to lead strategic change initiatives, leading collaborative teams, cross cultural and cross generational team management, emotional intelligence and other relevant subject area matters. 

 

The current Executive Development class is comprised of students from all RSS member territories. 

 

Attending the course from St. Kitts and Nevis are Assistant Commissioner’s of Police (ACP) Mr. Terrance James, (ACP) Mr. Andre Mitchell and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department Senior Assistant  Comptroller (Ag) Ms. Launlia Archibald. 

 

The team completed the first week on Friday (October 7).  


PROMISING GAME DEVELOPER, ZHAVIER SHAW, TO ATTEND THEGLOBAL SERVICES EXPORTERS CONFERENCE IN CHILE

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Zhavier Shaw

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 08, 2016 (SKNIS): With support from the Ministry of Trade, the St. Kitts and Nevis Coalition of Service Industries, has selected Zhavier Shaw to represent the Federation at an upcoming Global Services Exporters Conference in Chile.

 

The Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (CNSC) collaborated with ALES (Latin America Association of Service Exporter) to bring together the videogame developers from the Caribbean, Latin America and international firms at the ALES to the 6th Annual Conference.

 

Zhavier, just 17 years of age, who attends the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), has tapped into the Videogame and Mobile Applications Industry Sector and was chosen out of six additional candidates in the Federation. This is a niche sector of the Creative Service Industry and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

 

He began developing games eight years ago. He expressed that he is excited to go to the conference.

   

“Being from here (St. Kitts), I have always seen that they have those game development conferences and I never thought I would be able to get the opportunity to go. So, I am really appreciative of this,” said Shaw.

 

During his trip, he plans to network and promote his business “Leeward Games.” Zhavier also hopes to bring more awareness to this niche market in the Caribbean. He also endeavors to teach what he has learned to other aspiring game developers.

 

This opportunity will allow him to take a look at the latest trends, as well as identify business and investment opportunities in the services sector and network with top CEOs and international leaders.  

 

Zhavier imparted sound advice for those who want to venture into game development.

 

“Go ahead of time and learn. That is the key thing,” said Shaw. “Even if it is a prototype, put in the best you can put in because the market is very saturated. There are millions of games now. You need to be able to know what people want in a game; you need to be able to market it. Read and study and mess with anything you can mess with.”

 

The Videogame and Mobile Applications Industry Sector is a booming economic sector worldwide that has generated more revenue than the film and music industry together, growing 30 percent annually.

 

The CNSC, of which St. Kitts and Nevis is a member, has championed the initiative to develop the niche sector in hopes of developing the videogame and mobile application industry sector as a viable export sector within CARIFORUM.

 

The conference, which Zhavier will be attending, will be held from October 12 to 13. The conference will be fully funded by the EU through Caribbean Export Development Agency.

 

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By sknpulse Posted in Youths

Ministry of Health on Nevis gives update on Zika Virus Disease

 


Photo Caption Dr. Judy Nisbett

Medical Officer of Health – Nevis


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 07, 2016) — The following is a press release from the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), dated October 07, 2016, concerning an update of the Zika Virus Disease on Nevis.

 

 

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health on Nevis was informed of the firstlaboratory confirmed case of Zika Virus Disease on Nevis. This is the result of a test done in late August. The patient had no recent travel history, had mild symptoms, did not require hospitalization and was well within a few days.  The sample was sent to the Caribbean Health Agency (CARPHA) from the Alexandra Hospital Laboratory.

 

The Ministry of Health wishes to reiterate that there is no need for alarm or panic.

 

This brings the Federation’s total number of laboratory confirmed cases to four.  However, the number of suspected cases on Nevis, that is, persons showing symptoms suggestive of Zika Virus Disease, has risen to 57.

 

Symptoms suggestive of Zika Virus Disease include an itchy rash plus 2 of the following – mild fever, red eye without pus, muscle aches, joint pains and joint swelling.

 

Residents are asked to note that four out of five persons who are infected with Zika virus do not show symptoms.

 

Furthermore, the vast majority of persons who have symptoms will have a mild illness and will recover quickly, in about 5 days. There is no medication that cures Zika Virus Disease.  Paracetamol (i.e. Panadols) may be used for pain relief along with rest and lots of fluids.  Avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen and Voltaren. There is no need to go to the emergency room.

 

Generally, there is a general decline in cases in the region.  The same trend will shortly occur in St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

The Ministry of Health seeks the cooperation of all residents to do their part to eliminate the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is the mosquito that spreads Zika as well as Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya.  The mosquito is controlled by collective action. 

 

The best control measure is to destroy mosquito breeding sites.  The Aedes mosquito breeds in any container that is either damp or holds water.  These containers are found in and around homes and in neighbouring lots.   

 

The Ministry of Health is therefore appealing to the public to inspect their homes and yards frequently, and destroy potential mosquito breeding sites.  Keep water drums and barrels tightly covered.  Throw out stagnant water from flower vases, flower pot saucers, old tyres, and other receptacles.  Properly seal septic tanks. The same measures must be done in schools and workplaces.

 

Residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites by the following:

1.         Placing screens in windows and doors,

2.         Sleeping under mosquito nets both during day and night

3.         Wearing light coloured clothing, with long-sleeved tops and long pants, and

4.         Using US FDA-approved insect repellents

 

Zika can also be transmitted during sexual intercourse.  To prevent the spread of the virus, men must wear condoms.  Men who know they have been exposed to the virus must continue to wear condoms during sexual intercourse for 6 months.

 

There is a very small chance of microcephaly (babies born with a small head size) if the unborn is exposed to the Zika virus.  Therefore, the Ministry of Health issues a special appeal to pregnant females and females planning to become pregnant, to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and also to contact their community health center or private doctor for guidance. Pregnant females are encouraged to keep all antenatal appointments where they will be closely monitored.  Pregnant females are also urged to use condoms during all sexual encounters.

 

Another extremely rare complication of Zika Virus disease is Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes weakness and tingling sensations in muscles and sometimes paralysis.

 

The Environmental Health Unit on Nevis has increased inspections of homes to assist home owners with source reduction. . Additionally, the Unit has started a fogging exercise in selected areas where the mosquito burden is known to be high. The schedule for next week is as follows:

 

Monday10          Bath Village

Tuesday 11         Bath Village

Wednesday 12    Upper Stoney Grove

Thursday 13       Lower Stoney Grove

Friday 14            Ramsbury

 

Fogging starts at 4:30 p.m. daily.

 

Residents are requested to open your windows so that the fog can get indoors and kill the adult mosquitoes. Persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma are asked to leave the area for a few hours.

 

The Ministry of Health also supports theZika Amnesty Week October 10th to 17th spearheaded by the Solid Waste Department. During this week white goods will be taken at the landfill free of cost. These are potential breeding sites and we urge persons to take full advantage of this amnesty period to clean up their surroundings.

 

The Ministry encourages persons to listen to their radios and Televisions, and logon to the Nevis Health Promotion Facebook page for continuous updates or call or visit your nearest Health Centre or the Environmental Health Unit for further information.

Dr. Judy Nisbett

Medical Officer of Health – Nevis

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Jr. Minister responsible for Nevis senior citizens pleased with their turnout to march against ageism 


Photo caption: Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park at the end of the Senior Citizen’s march against ageism on October 07, 2016


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 07, 2016) — Junior Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the Senior Citizens march through Charlestown on October 07, 2016, in spite of inclement weather which stalled the official start and shortened the route.

 

The event was the first on the calendar of activities by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social development, in observance of the Month of Older Persons on Nevis. This year’s activities are centred on the theme “Take a Stand against Ageism,” designated by the United Nations for International Day of the Older Persons on October 01.

 

Senior Citizens Marching Against Ageism

Photo caption: Senior Citizens on Nevis marching against ageism in Charlestown on October 07, 2016, the first activity for Month of Older Persons, hosted by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development

 

“We were blessed with some showers this morning and so we had to down scale it and start closer so that the walk could have been a little shorter. However, the seniors are very enthusiastic.

 

“At one point I decided to call off the march but they insisted that they will still march and so I am happy that they are brave enough to still brace the weather and have a mini march here in Charlestown,” she said.

 

She added that students who had joined the senior citizens march, were a part of the Intergenerational Programme between the schools and the senior citizens.

 


Photo caption: A contingent of senior citizens from St. Kitts marching against ageism in Charlestown with their Nevis counterparts on October 07, 2016, as part of the Month of Older Persons hosted by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration

Also joining the march was a contingent of senior citizens from St. Kitts who had travelled to Nevis to celebrate with their counterparts.

 

Mrs. Brandy-Williams noted that in 2015, senior citizens on Nevis had travelled to St. Kitts to take part in their activities celebrating their seniors and vice versa and as such, the exchange continues.

 

Meantime, Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services also expressed the division’s satisfaction with the march.

 



Photo caption: Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park at the end of the senior citizens march against ageism through Charlestown on October 07, 2016

 

“We are extremely pleased with the turn out. We have a contingent of over 40 persons from St. Kitts and as you can see, we have a very good turnout.

 

“We had a bit of rain and I was thinking we would have to transfer our activity to Jessups but the seniors told me ‘No, no, no, we come to march and we marching,’ and march they did. We had a few hiccups but so far I’m really feeling pleased. I thank God for holding off the showers,” she said.

 

The activity continued at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park with entertainment, lunch, music and dance.

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SPECIAL ADVISOR IN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY STANDARDS AT 39TH ICAO ASSEMBLY

Photo: Ms. Lorna Hunkins, Special Advisor in Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 5, 2016 (SKNIS): Special Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in St. Kitts and Nevis, Lorna Hunkins, has underscored the importance of safety and security standards in civil aviation at the 39th Triennial Assembly of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), which is being held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 27th September to 7thOctober, 2016.


Speaking to the Assembly on October 4, Ms. Hunkins said that “St. Kitts and Nevis is a proud member of ICAO. It values the work of the organization. As a State Party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, we continue to implement and uphold the recommended standards, and principles and procedures, and support the proposals for increased membership on the Council and the Air Navigation Commission,” she told the Assembly, the United Nations Specialized Agency. “Major issues of concern such as safety, navigation services, security, environmental health protection and economic issues are all closely related.”


The Foreign Affairs Special Advisor said that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, and in particular Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley, “would like to laud the ICAO for its strategic objectives: safety, capacity and efficiency, security and facilitation, economic development and environmental protection as they aim to create a serious sky and to promote collaboration between all stakeholders within the Civil Air Navigation Security.”


“The issues highlight the diverse challenges that are faced by the Civil Aviation sector all around the world and underline the importance of close cooperation among countries. As regulations and standards of Civil Aviation are ever developing, all parties must have access to the latest information to ensure the safe, secure and sustainable code of the Civil Aviation Industry,” she said.


Ms. Hunkins said that the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis express solidarity with countries that have suffered terrorists attacks at their ports and emphasized that “achievement of optimum security requires all to be vigilant” and that “failure by any one state to secure its borders or ports can wreak havoc not only nationally, but regionally, and internationally as well.”


She thanked the ICAO for the training that it offers but called on the UN Agency to offer more training especially within CARICOM (Caribbean Community) or the OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States).


Ms. Hunkins also commended the Republic of Korea “for its ongoing efforts to enhance the safety level of all Member States, and for developing and distributing systems” that ensure high standards in Civil Aviation. She also commended Malaysia for offering training to Member States “which is critical for our industry.”


“Currently, our Ministry of Aviation is attempting to formulate a policy to govern the use of unmanned aircraft system and we request any assistance that ICAO or other Member States or organizations can offer in this regard. We would also welcome a regional approach if this is more profound,” said Ms. Hunkins. “The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis also pledges its support for the establishment of a global aviation security plan, which will address the needs of states and regions to assist in guiding all states aviation enhancement efforts and those of other stakeholders to assist in reaching internationally set goals and targets.”


In her closing remarks, Ms. Hunkins applauded the ICAO for “its no country left behind” initiative, but called on the agency to be more inclusive.


“It is imperative that all states involved in Aviation are a part of these efforts,” she said. “We hope to see the ICAO work towards inclusiveness of all stakeholders to achieve safe and orderly development of International Civil Aviation.”

She called on the UN Agency to be inclusive of countries such as the Republic of China (Taiwan).


“We regret the absence of some States, especially the country that controls the busiest East Asian Air Space from this Assembly. We deem it a major loss for the international community,” Ms. Hunkins said.


St. Kitts and Nevis will welcome regional and international counterparts later this year for the ICAO Technical Meeting, Ms. Hunkins said.


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).


ICAO works with the Convention’s 191 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. These SARPs and policies are used by ICAO Member States to ensure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms, which in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world.

 

In addition to its core work resolving consensus-driven international SARPs and policies among its Member States and industry, and among many other priorities and programmes, ICAO also coordinates assistance and capacity building for States in support of numerous aviation development objectives; produces global plans to coordinate multilateral strategic progress for safety and air navigation; monitors and reports on numerous air transport sector performance metrics; and audits States’ civil aviation oversight capabilities in the areas of safety and security.

 

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