Nevis To Get $10mil Payment From Unity Govt LK Hewlett Story Updated: April 2nd 2015 at 3:24 pm
The NIA will soon receive a $10mil gratuitous payment for budgetary support from the Unity government. Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris revealed this earlier today (Apr 2) at a press conference attended by Nevis Premier Hon. Vance Amory and other ministers in the federal Cabinet. He said this payment was in keeping with what was outlined in the historic Charlestown Accord, where Nevis was promised ‘its fair share of national resources’. Pm Harris said the $10million was a first payment and a sign of good faith. Premier Amory, speaking to the relationship between the two islands, said the evolution of the Team Unity government “is the best thing to happen to Nevis and St. Kitts for a long long time”. “We have seen that with a common purpose the people can achieve great things,” he said, adding that the decision to make the transfer payment of $10million “is something the people of St. Kitts and Nevis can feel good about”. Hon. Amory said under the previous administration there had been a lack of respect demonstrated towards Nevis, coupled with a lack of cooperation. The country is now seeing a reversal of that trend, said the Premier. Because Nevis elects its own Island Administration, PM Harris assured the Unity government is willing to work with any party comprising the NIA. The first tranche will be made as soon as the two Finance Ministries can work out the details of the transfer, Dr. Harris informed.