PM Harris carries out active bilateral agenda at UN meeting

Photo: Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, who is shown speaking with representatives of Venezuela, the European Commission and Romania, is also shown delivering his address at the United Nations-sponsored High-Level Pledging Conference in New York.


PM Harris carries out active bilateral agenda at UN meeting

From the Office of the Prime Minister


New York – The Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, prime minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, has pursued a hectic bilateral agenda on the margins of the United Nations-sponsored High-Level Pledging Conference.

Following an eloquent and well-received address to delegates at the conference for the reconstruction and resilience of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, Prime Minister Harris held a series of bilaterals. The bilateral meetings focused, inter alia, on development cooperation opportunities that line up with St. Kitts and Nevis’ efforts in implementing its national development strategies to achieve climate resilience and sustainable development.

The prime minister held positive and productive discussions with representatives of the European Commission, New Zealand, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. He also met with Kuwait and the country’s Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), a nonprofit organization that provides loans, guarantees, and grants to developing countries around the world, as well as joint and parallel financing, feasibility and sectoral studies, project preparation, and advisory services in the agriculture and irrigation, communications, energy, industrial, transport, and water and sewage sectors.

Harris also met with colleague heads of government: Anguilla’s the Hon. Chief Minister Victor Banks, Antigua and Barbuda;s the Hon. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, British Virgin Islands’ the Hon. Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith, Dominica’s the Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Grenada’s the Right Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, Montserrat’s the Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo, and Saint Lucia’s the Hon. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines the Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was absent. Wide-ranging matters of mutual interest were discussed.

Prime Minister Harris was assisted in these meetings by Cabinet Secretary Josephine Huggins, Deputy Financial Secretary Calvin Edwards, Director of Economic Affairs and PSIP (Public Sector Investment Programme) for Saint Kitts and Nevis Lavern Queeley, and Senior Foreign Service Officer/Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations Ghislaine Williams.