EXPLAINED: Quick Review of One year of St Kitts and Nevis government in office

 The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has completed one year in the office on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

EXPLAINED: Quick Review of One year of St Kitts and Nevis government in office
EXPLAINED: Quick Review of One year of St Kitts and Nevis government in office

St Kitts and Nevis: The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has completed one year in the office on Saturday, August 5, 2023. Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew led SKN Labour Party also announce the celebration for first anniversary under the theme- “Sustainably Soaring Together: Empowering our Future” 

Having won a massive victory in the 2022 Assembly elections- the expectations were very from the new Government. While extending gratitude to the citizens, PM Terrance Drew said that St Kitts and Nevis has witnessed significant growth in the one year. 

He said that the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis has showcased unwavering support and trust in their vision. The Government of Labour Party has always been committed to fostering positive change, building a stronger nation, and empowering the citizens for a brighter future.

He promised that they shall continue to work tirelessly to build a stronger, more prosperous, and inclusive nation for all.

In order to celebrate the first year in office, the Labour Party is also planning to host Community Walkthrough on Saturday, August 5. They will meet at Ponds Pasture near the C A Paul Southwell Bust and walk along Bay Road, turning right at Fort Street and left on Central Street. 

They will then go along Central Street to 5 Ways and turn right on Cunningham Street until they get to Burdon Street. From there, they will turn left on Cayon Street and end their walk at the Constituency #3 Office. 

The completion of one year of St Kitts and Nevis Government in office has created the wave of the happiness and celebration among the party. Every member of the party has been listing out their one-year achievement and announcing different events for celebrations. 

In all of these celebrations, there must be proper accounting of the achievements that has been laid out by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis at different platforms. There should be proper analyses of their commitment of enhancing different sectors in the Federation. 

The article showcased the work that has been done by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis in the different sectors. 

Evolution of Health Sector for best

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has implemented several initiatives to improve the delivery of healthcare services in the country. From the acquisition of new equipment, and medical training to improvement in the medical facilities, the one year of Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew-led health service has remained fruitful in the health sector. 

The Ministry of Health under the leadership of PM Drew, serves the nation with great healthcare services, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable in society. 

Work done by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis in the health sector: 

  • In order to safeguard the life of the people who develop end-stage renal disease, the Government has been making efforts to make renal transplants available in St Kitts and Nevis. 
  • The Government is working on reducing the country’s infant mortality rate to transform St Kitts and Nevis into the safest place for childbirth. 
  • St Kitts and Nevis has received four well-experienced gynaecologists who are at the JNF Hospital. As a result of those four experienced gynaecologists, the country has been able to seriously cut the number of deaths in the country. 
  • The Ministry of Health also partnered with the World Pediatric Project (WPP) to stage training for nurses and other staff in neonatal care. The project also makes advanced care accessible for thousands of children in the country each year. 
  • Every child deserves a healthy start in life, a truth that has been the driving force behind the Ministry of Health’s Child Healthcare Program. As the Government seeks to ensure that no child is left behind, their collective stories illuminate their progress, their shared hopes, and their undying commitment to the well-being of their future generations.
  • St Kitts and Nevis also welcomed a team from Canada to the Joseph N. France General Hospital which will be providing vital training to the staff of the Haemodialysis Unit at the Joseph N. France (JNF) General Hospital. 
  • The Government of St Kitts and Nevis resume the cataract surgeries at the Joseph N. France General Hospital. This service was suspended at the hospital for almost a year because of poorly maintained medical equipment. 
  • The Government of St Kitts and Nevis established a 24/7 doctor service at the Pogson Medical Center. The service has provided life-support system training to over 250 healthcare workers, ensuring top-notch medical care for all. 

Significant Growth in Education

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has worked to uplift the education sector. Education is a cornerstone of progress, and they believe that no student should be hindered by the weight of high-interest rates. 

The measures adopted by the Government in the education sector: 

  • St Kitts and Nevis reduced the student loan interest rate at the Development Bank from nine (9) percent to five (5) percent, paving the way for the youths to pursue knowledge without the burden of financial strain. 
  • Cognizant of the financial struggles which resulted from the pandemic, the Government chose to absorb the tuition cost for every student at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, opening the door for more families to provide higher education for their children.”

St Kitts and Nevis witnessed great Tourism Sector

The Tourism Sector in St Kitts and Nevis has made significant achievements in only one year. The Government has launched several campaigns to uplift the tourism sector.  

 There were three initiatives set out to achieve in the first year: 

  • The Government of St Kitts and Nevis increase airlifts to the destination. The Federation witnessed three inaugural flights over the past four months, namely, Jet Blue, Caribbean Airlines and interCaribbean Airlines. 
  • The Government of St Kitts and Nevis had to diversify its offerings and services by creating the ‘Venture Deeper’ campaign.

Sports facilities upgraded for best

The Ministry of Sports under the leadership of Samal Duggins has uplifted the sports sector with the following initiatives. 

  • Shaping a Vibrant Space for the Community with the Lambert’s Playing Field Transformation
  • Light Restoration in progress at Warner Park Cricket Stadium is making strides in anticipation of the Cpl 2023 games. 
  • The Halfway Tree Playing Field has improved. 
  • St Kitts and Nevis government has resurgent Warner Park Football Stadium. 
  • St Kitts and Nevis has elevated the Sporting Experience at the Atiba Erasto Harris Sporting Complex. 
  • Newtown Playing Field has improved. 

Law and Order

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has strengthened the good governance agenda with the passing of the total 23 bills. The initiatives are as follows: 

  • The Government has passed Domestic Violence Act so that women and men who are subject to domestic violence. 
  • The changes were made to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank legislation, as well as creating the [African Export-Import Bank] (Afreximbank) Agreement Act, which allows our country to access 1.5 billion dollars of capital that has been set aside to develop projects in energy, water and so forth.
  • The Government has passed the Anti-Corruption Act, the amendments to the Integrity in Public Life Act, as well as the Freedom of Information Act.”
  • Other bills were passed were Rastafari Rights Recognition Bill, 2023, and the Freedom of Conscience (Cannabis) Bill, 2023, as well as amendments to the Drug Act, Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders), (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Smoking (Designated Area) Bill, 2023.

Economic

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has implemented concessions on school supplies until September 30, 2023, the reduction of corporate income tax from 33% to 25% and unincorporated business tax from 4% to 2% until December 31, 2023. The Government has also capped freight charges for 20-foot and 40-foot dry food and cold storage containers at the 2019 pre-COVID rates.