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Friday, June 11 2021 - 10:00
St Kitts and Nevis Supported the Payment of All Government Employees During the Pandemic
LONDON, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Despite the economic fallout caused by the pandemic, the government of the 
Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has been able to fulfil its payroll 
commitments to all its employees and pensioners. Prime Minister Dr the 
Honourable Timothy Harris's Team Unity managed this feat and ensured that not a 
single employee was laid off due to COVID-19. 

During a press conference last week, the Prime Minister noted that the 
government currently supports the payroll of 6,400 persons and has spent over 
$115 million in 2021 on monthly paid employees, Government Auxiliary Employees 
and pensioners. Additionally, $21 million went to the Skills Training 
Empowerment Programme (STEP), an initiative funded by the Citizenship by 
Investment (CBI) Programme [] that provides qualifying 
St Kitts and Nevis citizens employment opportunities.

He added that the Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP), another CBI sponsored 
initiative that provides a monthly stipend to low-income households, 
distributed $13.4 million to families in the previous five months. Since the 
commencement of PAP in December 2018, a total amount of $70.3 million was 
processed in PAP aid.

"Thankfully, in St Kitts and Nevis, our citizens and residents displaced by 
COVID-19 have access to a range of some 20 social safety net supports including 
food vouchers; school meal programme; Poverty Alleviation Programme; support 
services for foster children; medical assistance programme distinct and apart 
from the free access to health care at all of our community centres for young 
people and for the elderly including access to dental services free of cost in 
St Christopher and Nevis; assistance with school uniforms, books and 
examination fees paid for by this Government even in the context of a most 
dangerous pandemic that has turned even the most powerful country upside down," 
Prime Minister Harris said.

Navigating the economic constraints of COVID-19 has been especially difficult 
for small countries like St Kitts and Nevis. However, the generous support of 
vetted foreign investors through the CBI programme helps national development 
and fiscal management in the nation. 

In 1984, St Kitts and Nevis became the first in the world to launch its CBI 
programme, enabling successful applicants to gain its citizenship, meaning a 
chance to travel freely to nearly 160 destinations and a Plan B in times of 
crisis. Those who contribute to the programme's Sustainable Growth Fund 
[] can not only live, work and 
study in their new home but feel satisfaction in being associated with a nation 
that supports its population.

The fund option is the fastest and most straightforward route to St Kitts and 
Nevis citizenship. It is the only path that offers a limited time discount in 
which families of up to four can gain citizenship for $150,000 rather than the 
previous $195,000. This accounts for a $45,000 price cut.


Source: CS Global Partners