Colour photo: Prime Minister Harris with Ron Fanfair of Share News
Black and white photo: Prime Minister Harris interviewed by the media team of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.
PM Harris hails Toronto Global Forum as ‘great platform for advancing’ federation’s interests
From the Office of the Prime Minister
Basseterre, St. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris has wrapped up participation in the Toronto Global Forum, where he received plaudits for his passionate speech in support of climate-resilient infrastructure investment.
Harris also advocated reconsidering the role of GDP per capita measurements so that small island developing States (SIDS) are not excluded from concessional sources of funding and development aid. Harris said this is imperative in light of their extreme vulnerability to exogenous shocks like the two recent destructive Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria.
The Toronto Global Forum provided the prime minister and his delegation meaningful opportunities to interact with Canadian and international leaders from the public and private sectors between Oct. 30-Nov. 1. On the final day of the forum, Harris took time to engage with the media, including Share News, which brands itself as Canada’s largest weekly ethnic newspaper.
In a wide-ranging interview with journalist Ron Fanfair, Harris discussed the longstanding relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis and Canada, the importance of global fora like the Toronto Global Forum in advancing St. Kitts and Nevis’ brand and interests, as well as the need for its diplomatic allies such as Canada to continue demonstrating leadership on climate action. Harris also touched on the efforts his government has taken thus far in reforming and rebranding the Citizenship by Investment programme, thereby making it the platinum standard for the industry.
In speaking with the communication team from the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Prime Minister Harris outlined why it was important for St. Kitts and Nevis to be represented at the forum, which is characterized an influential gathering of leaders that encourages sharing perspectives, generating solutions, and developing and expanding strategic networks. Harris also hailed it as an ideal platform for furthering the federation’s interests in Canada and beyond.
The federation’s participation in the forum reflects the government’s proactive approach in seeking opportunities to raise the profile and expand the footprint of St. Kitts and Nevis on the world stage.