28TH FEBRUARY, 2018
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris is on the receiving end of public scrutiny yet again for failing to attend the two day Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference Heads of Government of CARICOM in Haiti this week.
This is the second successive CARICOM Inter-Sessional that Prime Minister Harris has been a no-show.
The CARICOM Inter-Sessional is a conference that examines the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), particularly Administrative Requirements in the Skills Certification Process as it relates to the Requirement for a Police Certificate of Character.
The conference also looks at Procedures to which Member States would adhere to the Refusal of Entry of CARICOM Nationals and Foreign Exchange Difficulties Affecting Trade between Member States.
Persons of the public have begun to question the Prime Minister as to his absence at such high level and important meetings.
What appears to be a trend by Prime Minister Harris, of not attending these meetings and representing the Federation, trickles over from 2017, as he missed several vital regional and international gatherings as well.
These include the 42nd Regional Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held in St. Kitts, the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) forum of Regional Parliamentarians Forum in Kingston, Jamaica; Antigua and Barbuda’s 2nd Annual Citizenship by Investment Conference; the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Prime Minister Harris also missed the annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in his capacity as Minister of Finance and the International Emigration & Luxury Property Expo in Cannes.
His absence from these meetings has prompted speculation at home, as well in the regional and international community, that Prime Minister Harris is avoiding Caribbean leaders and the media on several issues.