Nevis: Nevis Premier Mark Brantley recently met with the Nevis Chapter of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) executive to discuss how the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) also the private sector can partner to develop the economic recovery on the island.
Mr. Brantley, who is the portfolio of Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the NIA, on with Colin Dore, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, joined with various members of the Chamber’s executive on Tuesday 9th February 2021, at the Office of the Premier at Pinney’s Estate.
“I am thankful for the possibility to have joined with the new Executive of the Nevis Chapter of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce for what was a very fruitful engagement,” said Brantley.
“We discussed ideas to foster greater private, public sector partnerships for the recovery of the Nevis economy. I appreciate them for their keen interest in growing the private sector and generating much-needed jobs,” Nevis Premier added.
Talking with the Department of Information on February 12, Mr. Steve Tyson, the new chairman of the CIC Nevis Chapter, stated the dialogue was mainly focused on the continued private sector. The NIA collaboration, as Nevis, reflects from the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a broad-based discussion, though the main goal was to see how the private sector can partner with the government to improve the economy and create job opportunities.
“It’s no different here in Nevis than over the globe that the businesses are really hurting. You think from hotels to the travel operators to taxi drivers, and they are really hurting. So the issue is, what are other investment possibilities we can look at to try to stimulate activity in the economy?” he said.
Mr. Tyson remarked that the Chamber is especially keen to learn about what projects may be in the pipeline for Nevis to boost the economy.
He commended the NIA for the concessions achieved for businesses on Nevis following the pandemic’s onset, some of which have been increased into 2021.
The Chairman said the Chamber would maintain its advocacy for the local business community, as its membership collectively seeks ways to promote the business climate and also contribute to society.
He further notified that Premier Brantley & Chamber Executive intend to meet on a quarterly basis for regular updates.
The Nevis Chapter of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce’s fresh executive was elected on December 21, 2020, also held its first meeting in January 2021.