BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, November 28, 2018 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris led a St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to a high-level meeting with Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM, Her Excellency Daniela Tramacere, where several salient matters of national and regional interests were discussed.
The meeting was held yesterday, Tuesday (November 27) at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel’s Board Room.
During the highly productive dialogue, officials discussed cooperation on bilateral projects such as the Police Training Academy that is under construction at Lime Kiln. The European Union’s (EU’s) policies on taxation, as well as the implications of those policies for Small Island Developing States, like St. Kitts and Nevis, were also addressed at length.
Other topics that were discussed during the important meeting included post-hurricane assistance, and post-Cotonou discussions between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The Cotonou agreement, signed between the ACP countries and the EU in 2000, expires in February, 2020. The agreement governs the political, commercial, cooperation and development relations between the two blocs.
At the meeting, an invitation was also extended to Prime Minister Harris to attend the inauguration of the new Presidency of the Council of the European Union next year. The Republic of Romania will assume the Presidency in the first semester of 2019.
In attendance at Tuesday’s meeting were Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Huggins; Deputy Financial Secretary, Mr. Calvin Edwards; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Osmond Petty, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Ms. Beverly Harris.