St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris has praised the Republic of India and members of the Indian community for their contributions to the Federation’s progress.
Prime Minister Harris attended a Republic Day Reception hosted by India’s High Commissioner to St Kitts and Nevis, Dr KJ Srinivasa, in honour of India’s 73rd Republic Day Anniversary. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, the event was hosted at Tiranga Indian Restaurant.
Every year on January 26, India celebrates Republic Day. The day is commemorated as the day India’s constitution went into force, completing the country’s transition to a sovereign republic.
Prime Minister Harris spoke at the event and emphasised the close ties that exist between the Republic of India and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. Dr Harris also praised the Asian country for being a significant player on the international stage, particularly in the field of health.
“We have seen India’s excellence, compassion in diplomacy, and sense of leadership over the last year and a half when it became the first country to significantly use its vast competence and achievement in the development of pharmaceuticals to make vaccines—then scarce in many developing countries—available to the world,” the prime minister said.
The Government of India sent a batch of 20,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Government of St Kitts & Nevis in March 2021.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Harris stated that the Indian community’s influence can be felt in all aspects of St Kitts and Nevis’ socioeconomic life.
“Indian entrepreneurs have long dominated retail and wholesale,” he continued, “and I’m sure many would recall warmly the astute businessman Kishu [Chandiramani] of the Rams Group of Companies.”
“Your Indian entrepreneurs are with us in tourism and hospitality, and your Honorary Consul Ramesh [Mulkanoor] provided leadership at Windsor in the field of offshore education, bringing a significant number of nationals and persons of Indian descent to St. Kitts and Nevis, many of whom have made St. Kitts and Nevis their home.”
Due to an increase in COVID-19 infections related with the fourth wave of the fatal virus, the 73rd-anniversary celebrations were postponed until January 26.