With no time to spare, the SKN Chamber takes action on Crime
INITIAL ACTION PLAN
- CIC to engage its own expert to speak to the general membership on crime. Completion – 3 months
- CIC to launch and manage (on behalf of the NGO Coalition) a social media campaign which will be adopted at will by other NGOs who will also be invited to contribute content. The idea is that we all share the same message at the same time. Completion – June 6, 2017
- Identify and support an existing program that has demonstrated success in addressing the root causes of crime. Completion – 1 month
- Support and/or launch sustainable After School Programs. Completion – beginning of 2017-2018 school year.
5. Leverage existing programs such as Crime Stoppers to achieve greater results. Completion – June 6, 2017
- Establish partnerships with entities that already have programs that address crime prevention Completion – 2 weeks
- Identify and support an existing Community Project that already has a focus on youth. Complete July 2017
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Through active engagement in committees, SKN Chamber Members are off to the races!
The changing platform of the world’s agenda has caused us to rethink our strategies. Building resilience requires us to figure out how to punch above our weight and compete in new arenas, engage in discussions at different levels, leveraging relationships, collaborating and focusing on the factors that drive positive change.
Human Development Committee – recognizing the need to develop our most critical assets, the Chamber provides its members with opportunities to develop their staff. Through the execution of a wide array of training topics, the Chamber delivers solutions that are easily implemented at work. The work of this committee stretches much further than that. It works to build an infrastructure that promotes continuous learning as the foundation for economic growth. Their mandate includes a comprehensive review of the policies and stakeholder interventions that weigh in our ability to deliver a productive workforce. SIGN UP
CIC Committee on Crime – focuses on the issues that are ever-present on our minds. The root causes are clear and articulated frequently, as is your Chamber’s position on crime. The solutions are also clear but need commitment and resources to implement and sustain. All members can contribute their talent and time in a framework that is designed to provide additional support and craft results. Click here to see CIC Action Plan or SIGN UP
Networking Committee – exists to bring us all together in a space that allows business to happen! Facilitating business to business introduction in a lighthearted environment; updating businesses on changes that impact their operations; providing forums for the voice of our members – this committee is fully engaged in bringing the Chamber to live in the moment! SIGN UP
Finance Committee – responds to the issues that affect our bottom line. The work of this committee involves a comprehensive review of what is necessary to create financial stability, while at the same time, build a strong financial infrastructure that promotes prosperity for all.
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Supporting the heels of other sectoral areas, the services sector has grown astronomically over the last decade. The opportunities are endless.
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As one of the primary drivers of economic growth, this sector has open fields of opportunities. With so much depending on the health of the sector, there is much to be done to build resilience.
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Manufacturing is part of our bedrock as many of our parents, grandparents and ancestors were engaged in the production of sugar. With its 6.37% contribution to our GDP and the provision of 7% of the total workforce, manufacturing remains a vital part of our economic infrastructure. Trade liberalization however, has put this sector at risk.
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Whether we are talking about Brexit, Trump’s strategies to “Make America Great Again”, or bilateral arrangements with another Caribbean or international country, the impact of trade agreements on the smaller islands of the Caribbean is significant and require special attention if we are to achieve any benefits.
When you take into consideration the fact that many of our indigenous products are manufactured on very small scales, making regional trade somewhat redundant, and the fact that trade liberalization came into full force on February 22nd, 2017 – all this while we are still trying to figure out how to benefit from the Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement, and completing the Brazil Partial Scope Agreement, trade seems arduous at best.
Taking our eyes off the ball can be costly! Recently a petition for the US Border Wall was filed which, had it been successful would have increased operating costs for the manufacturing sector which provides 10 per cent of the jobs across the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. What does the US Border Wall have to do with us? That is a question we are still asking. Somehow, a US Senator thought it would make sense to have Caribbean islands contribute to the cost of the wall by paying a 2 per cent fee on remittances from the United States. Every time a relative, corporate headquarters or customers transfers money from the United States to St. Kitts and Nevis, they would incur a 2 per cent fee. Less than 1 per cent of the estimated 43.7 million persons making up the population of the Caribbean would ever travel to Mexico and less than that would ever see this wall if it is built. Of all the Caribbean persons living in the United States, however they got there, it is very unlikely that they crossed the border from Mexico to the US.
This was only one of several attempts to disrupt trade relations involving the Caribbean, a situation which clearly indicates that trade experts in the region need to pay attention to what is happening with all countries with whom we enjoy trade relations.
St. Kitts and Nevis has benefited from the Caribbean Basin Initiative upon which it established the enclave sector. In 2000, this bill was expanded into the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Agreement (CBPTA) which expanded trade opportunities for the Caribbean. Since many of the manufacturing entities across both islands are micro enterprises and without the support of an export agency that can provide advice on how to utilize these agreements the benefits of the CBPTA has yet to be utilized by St. Kitts and Nevis. It is set to expire in 2020.
The CBPTA is not the only agreement to which we need to pay attention, as the requirements of the “rules of origin” for all trade agreements provide options that enable us to qualify for the benefits and also challenges restricting us from achieving qualifying targets.
Other trade arrangements such as the Common External Tariff (CET) that provides protection for trade across the region, is another agreement to which we have signed on, and application of the rules has proven to be challenging as we grapple with the need to improve national livelihoods as our first priority before any allegiance paid to regional trade regimes.
Trade Agreements, therefore, are not just for manufacturing entities. They impact many other sectors both directly (such as shipping agents and banks) and indirectly (such as retail stores). Understanding how to maximize these agreements is important to all of