Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 27, 2019 (SKNIS): Caribbean Export Board Member for St. Kitts and Nevis, Mrs. Jasemin Weekes, said that the Caribbean Export Board is focused on sustainable development for St. Kitts and Nevis and the wider Caribbean.
Mrs. Weekes announced this during the opening ceremony of the regional seminar for Facilitating Investment in SDG Projects at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Tuesday, November 27, 2019.
Mrs. Weekes highlighted that the Caribbean Export Board aims to attain sustainable development through areas such as “investment, export promotion, trade development and policy advocacy.”
This Mrs. Weekes said, is to be realised through “the creation of decent jobs and the attraction and retention of businesses that support our goal to improve the lives of the people of our Federation.”
The Caribbean Export Board member thus emphasized that the work of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the Export Board, is to focus its attention on the “attainment of gender equality, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, climate action and partnerships.”
Mrs. Weekes then used gender equality to highlight development in St. Kitts and Nevis saying that “in March 2018, Caribbean Exports launched the We Export programme with a focus on improving access to finance for women entrepreneurs” within the CARIFORUM subgrouping.
“This programme…allowed for this provision to support 20 women-owned businesses within CARIFORUM with the aim of improving their export development and competitiveness.”
CARIFORUM, of which St. Kitts and Nevis is a member, refers to the Body comprising Caribbean ACP States which are signatories of the Georgetown Agreement. This Agreement was signed in 1975, and it created the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).