As the number of questions relating to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis not consenting to the publication of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report continues to mount,
As the number of questions relating to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis not consenting to the publication of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report continues to mount, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris is responding with a veiled offensive against the local media.
“Can you tell the people of this country why, for the first time according to the IMF, that the St. Kitts and Nevis government has refused consent to the publication of the report generated by the IMF, coming out of the article for consultation on the St. Kitts and Nevis economy for 2018?” one reporter asked the Prime Minister.
Dr. Harris, in a bizarre response, implied that the inquiry is an attempt to bring into question the competence level of the Financial Secretary as well as the quality of work of her office.
PM Harris claimed that such a question was an attempt to diminish the professionalism of “our own.”
The Financial Secretary, Mrs. Hilary Hazel, indicated that the IMF is not an auditor of the government.
At no point in time was there any reference to what the issues of contention are between St. Kitts and Nevis and the IMF or was any attempt made to clarify the reasoning for no providing consent for this particular point.
The IMF provides an assessment and not an audit and is globally regarded for its comprehensive financial guidance.