Hon. Lindsay Grant

Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Phone No: (1-869) 467-1203


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Our Ministry

The Mission of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry Commerce and Consumer Affairs is to facilitate socio-economic development through accommodative trading arrangements and a competitive and enterprising business sector anchored in a consumer friendly environment.

The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs is responsible for trade promotion and trade and business facilitation. In that regard, the Ministry works closely with the Customs and Excise Department, Ministry of Finance, the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) and the St. Kitts and Nevis Ports Authority in addressing issues to improve the trade and business environment in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Ministry coordinates the activities and operations of the National Trade Facilitation Task Force which was set up to advise and formulate positions for work to be undertaken by the Trade Facilitation Committee of the WTO. The Task Force is chaired by the Financial Secretary (Ministry of Finance) and coordinated by the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

The Mission of International Trade is to strengthen cooperation with the global community, promote the country’s contribution to multilateral trade organizations and provide opportunities for economic investments by developing a range of programmes aimed at promoting fair and accessible trade.

Trade policy is coordinated at the national level with the private sector. Their views are generally expressed through the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce and through specially organized consultations with specific focus groups. In addition, the views of labor unions and civil society are taken into account.

Trade policy is seen as a tool for bringing about economic and social development for St. Kitts and Nevis. The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer affairs is responsible for all WTO and International and regional Trade issues. It is also the main agency for coordinating trade policy discussions and formulation, and is responsible for matters related to anti-dumping, subsidies, and competition policy.

The objective of the trade and investment policy of St. Kitts and Nevis is to enhance competitiveness and attract foreign direct investment, particularly in tourism and manufacturing, services including professional services and to promote economic diversification particularly since the closure of the sugar sector.

International Trade, Industry & Commerce

To strengthen cooperation with the global community, Promote the country’s contribution to multilateral trade organizations and provide opportunities for economic investments by developing a range of programmes aimed at promoting fair and accessible trade.

Promote Trade & Transform Industry

Consumer Affairs

Fulfill the Government’s commitment of eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life of consumers through the promotion of their awareness, rights, and protection. Promote awareness of issues affecting consumers in the marketplace and educating them on their rights and responsibilities.

Be a Confident Consumer

NEDD

National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) mandate is to help with the startup and development stages of small businesses in order to foster a more diverse economy and to give small business owners the tools they need to grow and sustain themselves in the long term.

Empower Entrepreneurs & Innovation

Bureau of Standards

Delivering the highest quality of service in the areas of metrology, food, water and environmental testing and monitor compliance to establish standards and regulations in order to foster the improved quality of life for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Deliver Highest Quality of Service
25

countries


Trade Agreements Signed
5

Awareness Programmes


Consumers Rights & Obligations
200

Entrepreneurs Trained


NEDD conducted Training workshops
350

Test Performed


Highest Quality of Products & Services


Our Accomplishments

Some of the Milestones achieved are as follows:
  • 25 March 2009Bi-Lateral Agreement

    CSME & Compendium of the CARICOM Bi-Lateral Agreement
  • 13 December 2013EPA

    CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation
  • 29 October 2013WTO

    World Customs Organization - Rules of Origin Handbook
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