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: February 16, 2015
Ruling Party:

Team Unity (People’s Labour Party, Peoples Action Movement, Concerned Citizens Movement)

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 Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, Governor General (acting)

Head of Government:  
Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

Prime Minister

Date of Birth:  NA

Marital Status:  Married

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.
Master’s degree in accounting from the St. Augustine Campus of  UWI in Trinidad.
Doctor of   Philosophy  Degree in administration majoring in accounting from Concordia University in Montreal Canada.



Professional/Political Career:

2015:

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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