St. Kitts And Nevis Leads CARICOM in Human Development

St. Kitts And Nevis led other CARICOM countries in human development.
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Basseterre, St. Kitts – In a significant achievement for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the twin-island nation, now ranks number one in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in terms of human development, as indicated in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2023-24 Human Development Report (HDR).

St. Kitts And Nevis led other CARICOM countries in human development.

The UN report, published on March 13, 2024, under the theme: “Breaking the Gridlock: Re-imagining Cooperation in a Polarized World,” indicated that among the countries in the CARICOM, Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved the highest rank, placing 51st out of 193 nations evaluated. In 2023, it recorded an HDI index of 0.838, which represents an improvement of 0.006 percent compared to its 2021 figures.

The report also highlights the effective implementation of St. Kitts and Nevis’ education and health policies, which have been instrumental in advancing the quality of life and well-being of its citizens. These policies have not only fostered a resilient and inclusive economic model but also positioned St. Kitts and Nevis as a leading nation in human development across the Caribbean region.

Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew, responded to the UN’s findings.

“This is a proud moment for all Kittitians and Nevisians. My government’s commitment to fostering an environment where education and health are accessible to all has paved the way for this remarkable achievement,” said Dr. Drew. “It is a testament to our collective efforts and the indomitable spirit of our people. We are number one again, and we will continue to work tirelessly to maintain our leadership in human development within CARICOM.”

Prime Minister Dr. Drew said that the government of St. Kitts and Nevis remains dedicated to sustaining and expanding on these gains through continuous investment in its people. The focus on innovative and inclusive policies, he added, is expected to drive further progress in the areas of education, healthcare, and economic opportunity for all citizens.

The prime minister further stated that as St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates this achievement, it reaffirms its commitment to building a brighter future for every Kittitian and Nevisian, ensuring that the nation remains at the forefront of human development in the Caribbean and beyond as it transforms into a sustainable island state.

The UNDP’s report can be accessed via Human Development Report 2023-24 | Human Development Reports (undp.org).

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