ST KITTS AND NEVIS

Also known as: Mother Colony of the West Indies (Source:  Countries of the world, Internet ed.)
 
Motto: Country above Self
 
Location: St. Kitts and Nevis is located in the Leeward Islands group in the Eastern Caribbean.  A channel of about 3.2 km in width separates the two islands
History: Originally settled by Caribs,  and by the British in 1623 who fought with the French for possession. The island was finally ceded to Britain in 1783 and gained independence in 1983.
Elections: Last elections held 2010.  Next elections due 2015
Ruling Party: St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
Major Political Parties: St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKLP), People's Action Movement (PAM), Nevis Reformation Party (NFP), Nevis Concerned Citizens Movement (NCCM).
Head of State: H.E. Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, Governor General
Head of Government:  
The Right Honourable. Dr. Denzil Llewllyn Douglas

Prime Minister

Date of Birth:  14 January, 1953

Marital Status:  Single

Education:
1977 - Bachelor of Medicine, UWI
1984 - Bachelor of Surgery Degrees, UWI. 


Professional/Political Career:
National Leader, St. Kitts Labour Party
President, St. Kitts and Nevis Medical Association.
Student Representative.  Faculty of Medicine Board, UWI.
Secretary, St. Kitts Amateur Football Association.
Public Relations Officer, St. Paul's Community Council. 

October 1990: Member of delegation of National Democratic Institute and Council of Freely-elected Heads of Government which visited Haiti to demonstrate international support for Haiti's democratic transition in voter registration. 
December 1990: Member of  delegation of Council of Freely-elected Heads of Government led by President Jimmy Carter of the Carter Centre,  International Observer to the General Elections in Haiti. 
1995: Prime Minister
2000: Re-elected Prime Minister
2004:  Re-elected Prime Minister
2010:  Re-elected Prime Minister
Economic Summary:
Both islands have pleasant scenery, good beaches and historic buildings, which have favoured the development of tourism as the economy's most promising growth area.  A deep-water harbour, cruise ship and container facilities are significant features in this sector's growth.
In the agricultural sector, sugar was the main crop for generations.  St. Kitts and Nevis has, however, decided to stop sugar production as the sector has become less viable.
There is also economic development in the manufacturing sectors.  the main areas include food processing and production of beverages and electronic components.
Airports: Robert Llewlyn Bradshaw International  (St. Kitts)
Vance Amory International (Nevis)
Status: Independent - 19 September 1983
Capital: Basseterre
Area: 269 sq km (104 miles2)
Population: 51,967 (2009)
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
GDP: EC$1,232 Mn (2008)
Total Exports: EC$140 Mn (2008)
Total Imports: EC$877 Mn (2008)
Intra-Regional Exports: EC$9 Mn (2008)
Intra-Regional Imports: EC$145 Mn (2008)
Business Hours: Commercial:  8:00-12:00; 13:00-16:00/16:30 hrs Monday to Friday Government:  8:00-12:00; 13:00-16:00/16:30 hrs Monday to Friday
National Holidays:
New Year's Day (01 January); Carnival Day (02 January); Good Friday; Easter Monday; Labour Day (05 May); August Monday (first Monday in August); Independence Day (19 September); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December)
Date of CARICOM Membership: 26 July 1974
National Anthem O Land of Beauty!

Our country where peace abounds,
Thy children stand free
On the strength of will and love.
With God in all our struggles,
St. Kitts and Nevis be
A nation bound together,
With a common destiny.
As stalwarts we stand
For justice and liberty.
With wisdom and truth
We will serve and honour thee.
No sword nor spear can conquer
For God will surely defend.
His blessings shall forever
To posterity extend.
 

Highest National Award: Order of the National Hero
National Dish: Goat Water (Stew)
Government web page: http://www.gov.kn/
   
(April 2011)
 
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