When in the early 1990s it became apparent that Europe’s preferential regimes for Caribbean bananas and sugar were coming to an end, an impassioned debate began about a transition to other forms of economic activity.
Mark Brantley, St Kitts and Nevis’ minister of foreign affairs and premier of Nevis, headed a delegation to Taiwan where he met with President Tsai Ing-wen. It is minister Brantley’s third trip to Taiwan after Prime Minister Timothy Harris visited in April.
Topic: Protecting Our Business and Reducing Crime
Guest Speakers: Inspector Alonzo Carty, Nevis Police Division and, Mr. Hugh Charles, Security Systems & Equipment Expert
The meeting was chaired by Chamber Director – Ms. S. Patricia Claxton Chair Person of the Nevis Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She welcomed members of the Nevis Division of the Chamber and thanked them for taking time off their busy schedule to participate in the event.
Although the attendance was not what expected , because some members were caught up in their preparation for the Culturama Season and other related social activities, – the Session was deemed to be worthwhile, informative and stimulating for the twenty-plus members and guests present.
The Executive Director of the Chamber Mr. Andrew Satney graced the meeting with his presence. He apologized for the absence of President – Mr. Faron Lawrence who was unable to attend because of some major events which he had to attend in St. Kitts.
The Speakers gave attendees update on the current crime situation and trends with current statistics, in Nevis. In his presentation, Mr. Hugh Charles CEO of HiTeck Electrical Security Systems & Equipment spoke of the latest techniques for detection and prevention. He encouraged attendees to seek expert assistance and advice when selecting equipment such as surveillance cameras to ensure that they purchase the best equipment for securing their homes and businesses.
Many experiences were shared, and solutions proffered as questions were raised by the attendees, expressing their concerns on the crime situation and the impact it was having on businesses.
Inspector Carty’s presentation centered on the need for the business sector to practice good security approaches by ensuring that their business surroundings are clear of bush and shrub and at all times to be very vigilant. They should never advertise their absence from their homes. They should ensure that mail is picked up, their homes are kept lit on evenings and when possible allow someone to house-sit.
Participants were made aware of the need to pay attention to information published on various websites that can impact negatively on the public image of Nevis, such as Trip Advisor, and their impact on the Tourism Industry. In fact, concerns were expressed about actions by Trip Advisor which had restricted advertising of real estate rental homes because of their concerns of the high levels of crime reported in Nevis.
Attendees expressed their general satisfaction with the outcome of the Luncheon and their overall approval of the work being done by the Nevis Division of the Chamber and the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.