Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a federation consisting of two islands located in the eastern part of the Caribbean. It is a middle income country with a small open economy, ranking 54 (out of 177) in the Human Development Index. Income per capita in St Kitts and Nevis is among the highest in the region. The medium-term economic prospects are fairly optimistic, despite the many challenges the country is facing, including the phasing out of sugar production on which the country's economy has depended historically. Social indicators are good and investment in education, housing and community development has been considerable over the past years. Nonetheless, poverty is spreading, in particular amongst vulnerable groups.
The Country Strategy Paper for St Kitts and Nevis (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for the co-operation between the European Commission (EC) and St Kitts and Nevis under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). The increasing number of crimes in St Kitts is of great concern to the Government as tourism has become the main focus of the country's development strategy. Therefore, EC assistance under the 10th EDF will concentrate on "Public Safety and Security" as single priority sector in order to improve general governance conditions, with special attention to capacity building, training and scholarship programmes for police and other security staff.
The EC's total allocation (2008-2013) foreseen for St Kitts and Nevis to address these priorities amounts to €4.7 million.
The Country Strategy Paper for St Kitts and Nevis (2001-2007) under 9th EDF focussed on human resource development in the area of information technology.
In addition, St Kitts and Nevis is a beneficiary of the EU/ACP sugar protocol. The 2007-2010 allocation for St Kitts and Nevis under the sugar budget line amounts to almost €42.3 million to support macroeconomic reform, improving public finance management, promote private sector development and support social transformation through poverty reduction.
For further details on projects and programmes in St Kitts and Nevis funded from the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, responsible for St Kitts and Nevis.
Other sources of information
The Directorate-General for Development is responsible for drawing up the cooperation strategy with St Kitts and Nevis.
More information on EU relations with the St Kitts and Nevis is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, which is responsible for co-operation activities in the country.
Information on trade relations in the ACP region can be found on the website of the Directorate-General for Trade.