Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 03, 2018 (SKNIS): The formal meetings of the Cabinet took place on Monday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The meetings were chaired by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris. Here are the salient matters that were discussed at that meeting:
• Cabinet met on January 22 and dealt with legal and financial matters specifically relating to the second cruise pier being built by SCASPA (St. Christopher Air and Seaports Authority). Very detailed discussions were held with solicitors for SCASPA, the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank and its chairman and parliamentary counsels within the Office of the Attorney General on matters relating to the construction of the new pier.
• Submissions were approved on January 22 by Cabinet to protect destitute and vulnerable homeowners to grant them relief in the reconstruction of their homes following the passages of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. Cabinet also approved submissions to vary certain aspects of the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme bringing it more in line with developmental policies.
• On January 31, Cabinet met to discuss the ongoing relationship between the SIDF (Sugar Investment Diversification Foundation), Christophe Harbour and Kittitian Hill. The chairperson of the Board of the SIDF explained to the Cabinet where the foundation was in relationship with the two companies. Negotiations and agreements with a buyer for its shares in Kittitian Hill were well in advance and the foundation was still in negotiation with Christophe Harbour to protect its investment in the company.
• The Cabinet listened to the concerns of citizens in relation to some areas of public access on the South-east Peninsula and would engage the principals of Christophe Harbour to arrive at a reasonable solution.
• On January 31, Cabinet also met with the stakeholders who are engaged in business at South Friars Bay, and listened to their predicament. Some of the businesses have been operating for many years. The meeting was very cordial. Cabinet agreed to do whatever it can to bring some comfort and relief in the present situation.
Cabinet understands that the lands are privately owned but government would engage the owners to see whether or not there could be any resolution to the ongoing situation. The stakeholders were pleased that their concerns were being heard by the government.