St Kitts Government wants digital transformation of local economy

St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris on Tuesday (Oct 8) said digital technologies have great potential for transforming the economy of the twin island Federation, creating more jobs and opportunities, especially for young people.

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St Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris

Addressing the “National Consultation on the Economy”, Harris, who is also Finance Minister, said that businesses and individuals must all be part of the process of designing a comprehensive approach to digital transformation across the public and private sectors.

He said his coalition administration was not pursuing a digital economy and technological innovation because “we are driven by a particular ideology or because we see it as the latest trend.

“St. Kitts-Nevis will not be left behind when it comes to the digital economy.”

— St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris

“We do so because we see the real potential and job growth that can come from it, especially for our young people. With new technology, we can play a leading role in the Caribbean and globally.

“New employment opportunities will open up in commerce, real estate, banking and the financial sector, cyber security and merchandising.  It would mean more people could work for international companies in New York, London or Hong Kong without having to leave our Federation.

“As we master the digital potential in all spheres of society, a new spirit of entrepreneurship would be unleashed in our nation, where people could sell their services, their products and their produce to previously unattainable markets. New jobs in the renewable sector will come online, providing more opportunities to help fight climate change.”

Harris insisted that the digital economy is vital to preparing nationals for the employment market in the future.

“With new technology, we can play a leading role in the Caribbean and globally”

— St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris

“St. Kitts-Nevis will not be left behind when it comes to the digital economy.  Not under the watch of Team Unity.  Forward to the Future.  The past is already gone.  We are focused on delivering a better tomorrow for our people than their today. All of us in the room have the duty to ensure we anticipate, plan and prepare ourselves to not only embrace this change, but to lead the way.”

“The past is already gone. We are focused on delivering a better tomorrow for our people than their today.”

— St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris

Last year, we took the bold move by becoming the first country in the Caribbean to have its own Autonomous System Number. This will facilitate our ongoing efforts to establish the Government Wide Area Network (GWAN).”

Harris told the consultation that the challenge now facing the Federation “is how we keep our economy strong so it can continue to deliver a better future for all our citizens and residents.