The 2018 United Nations General Assembly brought many positive changes for the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, including the establishment of several international relations with countries across three continents, namely Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Since St Kitts and Nevis’ mutual visa-free waiver with Rwanda and eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) earlier this year, the dual-island nation has been eager to strengthen its diplomatic partnership with Africa, deepening bilateral relations between the two continents.
The trajectory has not slowed down as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, was joined by Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mamadou Tangara in welcoming a waiver of visa requirements between both countries.
Diplomatic relations between the Caribbean islands and the African nations of Togo, and Sao Tome and Principe
The collaboration between the Gambia and St Kitts and Nevis also aims to focus on the plights of climate change, migration and various other issues of mutual interest. The signing was preceded by the announcement of diplomatic relations between the Caribbean islands and the African nations of Togo, and Sao Tome and Principe.
The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, similar to St Kitts and Nevis, is one of the smallest sovereign states in the world and happens to also be a dual-island nation. On September 28th, Mark Brantley and his counterpart H.E. Urbino Botelho signed a joint communique indicating a new era of diplomatic relations between the countries, with both ministers also agreeing to establish a mutual visa waiver.
Mr Brantley and Mr Botelho discussed common challenges faced by the both parties and areas of cooperation including issues such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, tourism and travel. Considering the African diaspora background, the signing is closely in conjunction with the two nations’ aim to boost greater interaction and enhanced South-South cooperation, while promoting tourism between the islands.
St Kitts and Nevis proves its commitment to amplifying its global presence
St Kitts and Nevis went on to establish further diplomatic relations during the United Nations General Assembly, continuing to prove its commitment to closer collaboration between all countries, and amplifying its global presence. The country has had a strong relationship with the Middle East, particularly in the framework of its citizenship by investment programme which has garnered widespread interest in the United Arab Emirates, with St Kitts and Nevis further expanding its network to include the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Mark Brantley was joined by Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs – H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa – in a brief signing ceremony on the 27th September. The government officials discussed the possibility of a future visa waiver between the two nations.
San Marino, a microstate located in Southern Europe, has also joined the growing list of countries which St Kitts and Nevis has joined forces with. The ceremony was attended by Mr Brantley and San Marino’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicola Renzi, where a joint communique was signed. San Marino, like St Kitts and Nevis and Sao Tome and Principe, is one of the smallest sovereign states in the world with the tourism sector leading its economy.
St Kitts and Nevis continues offering increased global mobility to its citizens
St Kitts and Nevis continues to demonstrate its commitment in offering increased global mobility to its citizens, both economic and native. The Federation provides its passport holders with the highest number of visa free travel – over 155 – in the Caribbean, contributing to its Platinum Standard moniker.
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme boasts over 30 years of experience in the industry and an enviable list of awards. The programme currently offers applicants two channels of investment: a real-estate option comprising of several luxury hotels, and the Sustainable Growth Fund, whose required contribution starts at US$150,000 per main applicant.
CS Global Partners works closely with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis to promote foreign investments to the islands. Learn more about how you can benefit from second citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis here.